Paul Neagu

Paul Neagu

b. 1938, Bucharest, Romania - d. 2004, London, UK

Considered one of the most important Romanian artists, Paul Neagu has lived and worked in London since 1970 until his death in 2004. His complex artistic practice integrates performance, sculpture, drawing, painting, video and photography, inside his original, holistic, metaphysical view on art. Tactility underlines one of Neagu's enduring aims: to refute what he perceived as the primacy of visuality within art. His ritualised performances often left a trail of sculptural objects and created immersive, sensory experiences. In 1970, by way of an exhibition in Edinburgh, he resettled in London, where his international outlook and rich, original work made him an influential teacher in art schools there for decades, with a decisive influence on a generation of sculptors, including Anthony Caro, Antony Gormley, and Anish Kapoor, among others. In 1972 he founded the Generative Art Group, which consisted of five fictitious members, each representing different parts of his psyche.

His works can be found in many public collections amongst which are The Arts Council of Great Britain, The National Museum of Arts (Romania), The National Museum of Modern Art (Tokyo), The Philadelphia Museum of Art, The Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art (Edinburgh), The Tate Gallery (London), The Victoria and Albert Museum (London), Kontakt Collection (Vienna) and have been recently shown in exhibitions at the Henry Moore Institute (solo show, Leeds, 2015), Vienna Biennale 2015, New Museum (group show, New York, 2014), MACBA (group show, barcelona, 2011), etc.

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Recent exhibitions (selection)

2019 – Partea asta care parcă are nevoie să iasă printr-un loc al corpului meu / This Part That Seemingly Needs to Be Extruded Through a Place in My Body, group show, Salonul de proiecte, Bucharest; Collective Exhibition for a Single Body – The Private Score – Vienna 2019, group show, Haus Wittgenstein, Vienna; Ex-East. Past and recent stories of the Romanian avant-garde, Espace Niemeyer, Paris
2018 – Double Heads Matches (A selection of contemporary artworks from four Romanian private collections), group show, New Budapest Gallery
2017 – Rodin. L’exposition du centenaire, group show, Grand Palais, Paris; Situations and Concepts, group show, Salonul de proiecte, Bucharest; Beyond the Concept Frontier, group show, Art Encounters Timișoara, Romania; Everything we see could also be otherwise (My sweet little lamb), group show, The Showroom, London
2016-2017 My Sweet Little Lamb (works from the Kontakt Art Collection), group show, Gallery Nova, Zagreb; Elizabeth Price Curates, group show, The Whitworth, University of Manchester, Manchester, De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill-on-Sea, Glynn Vivian Art Gallery, Swansea, UK
2015 Paul Neagu: Palpable Sculpture (solo show), Henry Moore Institute, Leeds, UK; Blind Bite (solo show), Ivan Gallery, Bucharest; group shows: Mapping Bucharest: Art, Memory, and Revolution 1916–2016 (MAK Vienna, Vienna Biennale 2015); Thirty One, National Gallery of Kosovo; The 1st edition of Timișoara ArtEncounters, contemporary art biennale, Timișoara, Romania
2014 Report on the Construction of a Spaceship Module (group show), New Museum, New York; Going Tornado (personal exhibition), Ivan Gallery, Bucharest 
2013 Paul Neagu & Geta Bratescu, Galerie Barbara Weiss, Berlin; Artists Make Faces (group show), Plymouth City Museum and Art Gallery, Plymouth, UK
2012 Cake Man (solo show), Ivan Gallery, Bucharest
2011-2012 United Enemies – The Problem of Sculpture in Britain in the 1960s and 1970s (group show), Henry Moore Institute, Leeds, UK 
2011 Museo de las narrativas paralelas. En el marco de La Internacional (group show), MACBA, Barcelona
2009 Gender Check (group show), MUMOK , Vienna; retrospective exhibition at ICR London, UK 

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