Sir Eduardo Paolozzi
Assembling Reminders for a Particular Purpose 1965

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Assembling Reminders for a Particular Purpose
From As Is When
Date 1965
Medium Screenprint on paper
Dimensions Image: 816 x 510 mm
Acquisition Presented by Rose and Chris Prater through the Institute of Contemporary Prints 1975
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The life and theories of the Austrian philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein inspired this sequence of screenprints. Each print includes quotations from Wittgenstein''s own writings or passages from a biography. The collages of fragmented images relate to these texts. Paolozzi has described the prints as ''a kind of combined autobiography''. His Italian background led him to identify with Wittgenstein as ''a foreigner in England'', who shared an interest in engineering and a love of cinema. He has also drawn parallels between Wittgenstein''s theories of language and his own artistic practice.

August 2004

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