Georges Vantongerloo Interrelation of Volumes 1919

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Artist
Title
Interrelation of Volumes
Rapport des volumes
Date 1919
Medium Sandstone
Dimensions Object: 225 x 137 x 137 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Purchased 1978
Reference
T02306

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Vantongerloo’s aim was to ‘render visible the beauty of space’. This work is one of his earliest abstract sculptures. It attempts to give solid form to the relationships between pure, geometric shapes. Vantongerloo made contact with the De Stijl group while working in The Hague in 1917. He immediately began experimenting with abstraction. ‘If in sculpture, the interrelation of volumes achieves unity’ he wrote, ‘it is because everything is balanced.’

April 2012

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