Naum Gabo Model for a ‘Monument to the Unknown Political Prisoner’ 1952

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Artist
Naum Gabo 1890–1977
Title
Model for a ‘Monument to the Unknown Political Prisoner’
Date 1952
Medium Plastic and wire mesh
Dimensions Object: 381 x 89 x 95 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Presented by the artist 1977
Reference
T02187
Not on display

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This model was Gabo's entry to the Unknown Political Prisoner competition. The competition was won by Reg Butler. In the final exhibition of entries at the Tate Gallery in 1953, Gabo was one of four artists awarded a second prize. In the catalogue he noted: 'the tyrant wants us to be in fear of him and the artist's task is not to perpetuate that fear but rather to encourage resistance. The conception of my image for the monument is glory to him who goes to the stake and vanquishes the fear of pain and torture for the sake of his belief.'

November 1994

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