“We all know that there are two forms of modern sculpture, one moves, the other does not. Pol Bury, touched by genius, discovered a sculpture which moves so little that at first sight you will rank it with those that do not move. This does not sound exciting when you read about it, but to see it is as terrifying as a tale by Edgar Allan Poe.”
— Jean-François Revel on the 32nd Biennale in Venice, L’Œil, July/August 1964.
Born and raised in the region of La Louvière, Belgium, Pol Bury (1922–2005) spent the better part of his artistic career in France and the United States. Having participated in the landmark 1955 exhibition “Le Mouvement” at Galerie Denise René in Paris, he is considered one of the pioneers of kinetic art.
Through subtle, extremely slow movement, Pol Bury expressed our experience of time, which set him apart from other kinetic artists for whom movement was mainly a formal means of expression.
The new POL BURY ONLINE CATALOGUE RAISONNÉ has just been launched. Written and revised by Gilles Marquenie, the publication is currently focused on the paintings, reliefs, and sculptures of the artist.
As with any catalogue raisonné, the origins of Bury’s artistic career are retraced, from Surrealism to CoBrA, to geometric painting; from his first “Plans mobiles,” to his trademark “Punctuations” and intriguing moving sculptures.
The digital catalogue raisonné allows for an interactive approach, laying bare the genesis of Pol Bury’s oeuvre, spanning over sixty years of creation. Cross-referencing exhibitions, literature, and public collections, it also becomes a tool for researchers to discover his collaboration with galleries and fellow artists.
With over 1,000 published entries at the moment, the website will be continuously updated and completed as research advances.
Collectors and anyone who might provide further documentation of the artist and his oeuvre are invited to share useful information which will contribute to making this website the perfect vehicle for expanding our knowledge and deepening our appreciation of the artist’s work.
Top of page: Pol Bury 1971 acier inoxydable, aimant, moteur électrique 15,5 x 50 x 50 cm (6 1/8 x 19 11/16 x 19 11/16 in.) signé, justifié, et titré sous le plateau édition de 8
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