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A Hayward Gallery Touring Exhibition from the Southbank Centre, London

Eduardo Paolozzi: General Dynamic F.U.N.

Saturday 11th Jun 2022 — Sunday 24th Jul 2022, Gallery, The Base

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Wake up your eyes with fifty works by Pop Art master, Sir Eduardo Paolozzi.

A new Hayward Gallery Touring exhibition of screen-prints by Eduardo Paolozzi comes to The Base Summer '22 as part of a national tour.

Sir Eduardo Paolozzi (1924–2005) was one of the pioneers of the pop art movement in the UK. Born in Scotland, Paolozzi was a compulsive collector and a jumbler of icons. He is equally revered for his mechanistic sculptures and his kaleidoscopic print projects. The artist, who described himself as ‘a wizard in Toytown’, transformed the mundane, the derelict and the mass-produced into images that zap with electric eclecticism and impress with their graphic complexity. ‘Carrots into pomegranates!’

Paolozzi’s canny alchemy is vividly apparent in General Dynamic F.U.N, a series of fifty screenprints and photolithographs created between 1965 and 1970. Here Paolozzi employs the technologies of mass-reproduction and gorges on its idols – the household names and familiar faces of consumer advertising, high fashion and Hollywood. The artist’s friend and sometime collaborator, J.G. Ballard, described General Dynamic F.U.N as a ‘unique guidebook to the electric garden of our minds’.

The prints, which bear idiosyncratic titles such as Totems and Taboos of the Nine-to-Five Day; Twenty Traumatic Twinges and Cary Grant as a Male War Bride, do not occupy a rigid sequence but can be assembled and viewed in any order. For Paolozzi, the modern age, exposed as ephemera, is a necessarily fragmented collision of visual stimulus and influence, and his work is a ‘health warning for an uncreative and thriftless society’.

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Sat 11 Jun – Sun 24 Jul

Open Wed – Sun 10am – 5pm (last entry 4pm)

SCHOOLS: Eduardo Paolozzi General Dynamic F.U.N. is perfect for those of you studying pop art, printing, collage or colour. Please get in touch with our Learning team to chat about what we could offer your class: getinvolved@cornexchangenew.co.uk