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The Collection

Paolozzi

Sir Eduardo Paolozzi

The Turing Collection was the last screenprint portfolio created by Sir Eduardo Paolozzi. Paolozzi (1924-2005) was active in producing sculpture, drawings, textiles, ceramics, jewelery and even the first architectural transformation of a London tube station (Tottenham Court Road, detail, below), and his reputation as a Master of the screenprint is just as renowned.

Both Paolozzi and Turing are icons of their age and the combination of thought and creativity captured in this stunning portfolio has already made a significant impression in the art world. Sir Eduardo Paolozzi was a renowned sculptor (examples below), is justly credited with the explosive development in screen-printing as a creative medium for artists. He is a collage maker of extraordinary facility inventing ready made metaphors or a universe of pictures (as he described them).


The British Museum, London

Butler’s Wharf, London

The mechanical perfection of the screen printing medium has provided an ideal vehicle for the juxtaposition of incongruities and in particular, for the Turing Collection which expresses the life and work of famed mathematician and philosopher, Alan Turing

PROFILE

Eduardo Paolozzi

Sir Eduardo Paolozzi studied at Edinburgh School of Art and the Slade. He taught Textiles Design at the Central School of Art, sculpture at St Martin’s, ceramics at The Royal College and was visiting Professor at Hamburg, Cologne and The University of California. In 1977 he became Professor of sculpture at Akademie der Bildenden Kunste, Munich and Sculptor-In-Ordinary for Scotland since 1991. He was knighted in 1988 and died in 2005.

His first exhibition was in 1944 in London, since when he has had numerous one-man exhibitions and participated in major national and international group exhibitions, such as the Tate Retrospective. The Paolozzi Museum opened in Edinburgh in spring 1999.

Copies of his portfolios, including The Turing Collection, are held in many international collections. Many curators regard them as the benchmark by which other prints may be judged.