Pol Bury (1922-2005)

Pol Bury (1922-2005)


When starting his career in the arts he was a painter but soon became a sculptor but he was also a writer in the orientation given by the Cobra and Daily Bul movements. You can find back all his native touch of irony in his books. Belgium hesitated for a long time to openly recognise his talent as in the meantime he was considered as a major artist in the States (from New York to California) where he was also a well considered teacher. Later on he became a teacher in the Ensba of Paris and obtained the France Top Prize (a Grand Prix) but Belgium was too close to comfort to appreciate.

His artistic way was mainly composed of kinetic sculptures and very well done deformation (in the corpses or faces) before the net use allow these deformations to be automatically done.

The present exhibition allows to go closer to the universe of this artist and the kinetic sculpture are still attractive and people are still interested in these slow movements when the sphere slipping on the surface seem to be movement less but is still moving. Visitors are like children in front of a Xmas window.

In the same line, Pol Bury made more fountains acting like captors between water and light movement. I sometime regret the movement is going down, water falling into the basin instead or the water force going up like in the Italian fountains I have seen so many times.

In reality, the best of Bury’s irony and art analysis is written in his books like Art on a bicycle and revolution on a horse or the Botanique cellars (from the name of a cultural centre) or a famous one called The pleasant side of aesthetic world that contains a special chapter about artists widows or about relations between artists and art merchants; delicious!

I confess I am not a fan of the deformations but I am able to stay under a summer rain to see the spheres slowly moving because this means to see Pol Bury once more and well alive.


Galerie Patrick Derom,
rue aux Laines 1,
1000 Brussels

From Oct 3 to Dec 1, 2007
Tuesday to Saturday from 10:30am to 6:30 pm

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