Pol Bury


Pol Bury
Pol Bury (Belgium, 1922 - 2005) Belgian kinetic artist, painter and film-maker, Pol Bury was born in Haine-Saint-Pierre on April 26, 1922.. Best known for his kinetic sculptures, though he also produced collages and paintings, Belgian artist Pol Bury began his career as a Surrealist painter heavily influenced by the work of René Magritte and Yves Tanguy. After turning to geometric abstraction and associating briefly with the CoBrA group, an avant-garde movement that espoused the complete freedom of color and form, Bury discovered Alexander Calder’s work and began making mobiles of painted shapes and sculptures in which movement was emphasized. The movements he assigned to these sometimes-monumental works were often slow and almost imperceptible to the naked eye. “Speed limits space; slowness increases it,” he once said. In 1969, the University of Iowa Museum of Art commissioned Pol Bury's first public fountain. During the course of his career, Bury created a number of fountains that incorporated water into their kinetic workings, including his well known L’Octagon (1985) in San Francisco. Bury died on September 27, 2005, in Paris. Today his work can be seen in international institutions such as the Art Institute of Chicago, the Guggenheim Museum in New York, The Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Tate Gallery in London, and the Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium among others.