Pol Bury’s ‘Time in Motion’ at BOZAR

29.05.2017 - Editorial board
© Yves Gervais - 1952, Pol Bury ‘Composition’, Collection for the Centre of Fine Arts - BELGIANBOUTIQUE

An exhibition? Yes and much more! Until june 4th, the Centre for Fine Arts (BOZAR) is hosting ‘Time in Motion’, together with events linked to Pol Bury’s fascinating artwork. The Museum visitors are also welcome to visit the archives centre dedicated to the Belgian artist’s works since 1947.
Being one of the founders of kinetic art, Pol Bury (1922-2005) and later marked by the influence of Magritte, and his time spent with other members of Jeune Peinture Belge and CoBrA, he decided to follow a new path. His fascination for the art of Alexander Calder resulted in him turning towards sculpture and incorporating motion in his work.

© Luc Schrobitleng - 1966, Pol Bury, 49 boules sur un plan incliné mais surélevé - BELGIANBOUTIQUE

As a passionate and intense artist, and both a successor of surrealism and bursting with innovation, Bury made a name for himself in the Paris and New York art scenes, thus obtaining international recognition. This exhibition is an opportunity to discover Bury’s vast and diverse oeuvres. Paintings, sculptures, mobile works, fountains, jewellery, graphic and written creations are all on display in the biggest exhibition Belgium has dedicated to this major artist in twenty years.

© Bozar archives - 1972, installation view of 25 tonnes de colonnes by Pol Bury for the Robert Giron Prize - BELGIANBOUTIQUE

Pol Bury had a remarkable track record in and with the Centre for Fine Arts and this has left quite an impressive trace behind in the archives. Visitors are therefore invited to have a look at the BOZAR’s archives on top of the exhibition. Bury made his very first appearance at the Centre for Fine Arts in 1947 for the Jeune Peinture Belge exhibition. With CoBrA (1949), ArtAbstrait (1953), Lumière, mouvement et optique (1965) and the solo exhibition 25 tonnes de colonnes (1973), as a result of the Robert Giron prize, he made his presence known in ever greater exhibitions. Robert Giron, the former director of the Centre for Fine Arts’, Verenigingen van Tentoonstellingen, was one of the driving forces behind the young Bury on the Brussels art scene. The archives of the Centre for Fine Arts has conserved unique documents and exquisite illustration material from Pol Bury’s long series of shows. They span a period of seventy years, from 1947 right up until the retrospective exhibition of 2017.

© Bozar 2017 - boules pour exposition Pol Bury Time in Motion - BELGIANBOUTIQUE

And if you’re wondering what to do on Sundays, visit the Bozar for this retrospective exhibition and get the chance to play pétanque with your family and friends. Set up in the Horta Hall, this pétanque court is all you need to immerse yourself in the kinetic and innovative world of Pol Bury. Note that an identity card must be given to the info point of the BOZAR in order to obtain a set of pétanque boules.

© Bozar 2017 - Pol Bury in exhibition Pol Bury - BELGIANBOUTIQUE

For further information on the exhibition, such as tickets and entry fees visit the BOZAR website.

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