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Pol Bury

Pol Bury (1922 - 2005) was a Belgian artist who studied at the Académie des Beaux-Arts in Mons and, inspired by the mobile sculptures of Alexander Calder, became known especially for his kinetic sculptural works. He designed water features and motor-driven sculptures, but also collages, paintings, prints and jewels, the latter at times when he was close to the artist groups Jeune Peinture Belge and CoBrA. "I look for the point that exists between moving and not moving" said Bury about his work, which brought surrealist and highly innovative aspects. He used the principles of the balanced mobile and added slowly rotating motors to it to realize movement without a human intervention. However, he left the mechanisms and drives mostly hidden, invisibly generating the moment of movement. Sound often played a role.

His participation in the 1959 exhibition Vision in Motion/Motion in Vision in Antwerp is considered the founding moment of the Zero Group. Bory exhibited in the Belgian pavilion at the Venice Biennale and went to New York a short time later.  

Together with Jesús Rafael Soto, Jean Tinguely and Yaacov Agam, he is considered the founder of kinetic art. He received great international recognition and is now represented in important museum collections worldwide.


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