In 1949, at the start of his enormously productive career, Eduardo Paolozzi created collages that presented images of ancient Greek and Roman sculptures activated by the wheels and engines of modern machines. Around 1957 Paolozzi invented a way of combining these two obsessions, making heroic bronze figures of saints and ancient gods, who bore in their flesh the scattered imprints of broken machines, stigmata for a modern age.
Two decades later he cast himself as Hephaestus, the stocky Greek god of fire, blacksmiths, artisans and sculptors, and then, at the end of his working life, as Vulcan, the Roman God of metallurgy, whose huge figure dominates one of the galleries at Modern Two. In this talk independent art historian Judy Collins will illuminate Paolozzi’s creative ways of incorporating robots, machines and technology across the breadth of his work.
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