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 Vantongerloo, Georges (1886 - 1965)
Belgium

SXR/3, 1936

Mahogany;
56 x 70 x 57 cm
Abstraction-Création

UID 102-585



Biography

The Belgian sculptor, painter and architect, Georges Vantongerloo studied at the Académie des Beaux-Arts in Antwerp between 1900 and 1904 and at the Académie Royale des Beaux-Arts in Brussels, between 1906 and 1909. In 1915, he met Jules Schmalzigaug who introduced him to the ideas of Cubism and Futurism. His sculptures of this period consist of representations of the human body, whilst his paintings reflect the influence of Pointillism. In 1917, he was co-founder of the De Stijl group. He met Theo van Doesburg and transformed his sculptures into geometrical and biomorphic abstractions. After the First World War, Vantongerloo returned to Brussels and, in 1919, produced two large stone sculptures, Interrelation of Volumes. In 1920, he moved to the south of France where he developed a theory of colour in which the three primary colours, favoured by the De Stjil artists, were replaced by the seven secondary colours. A similar change occurred in his painting. At this time, he concentrated equally on interior design, furniture, ceramics and utopian architectural projects. Vantongerloo distanced himself from De Stjil, but remained faithful to many of its principles, nonetheless. In 1928, he moved to Paris and had a significant role in the emergence of the Cercle et Carré and Abstraction- -Création groups. Between 1937 and 1945, he concentrated exclusively on painting and his return to sculpture, some years later, largely favoured modern materials such as plastic and acrylic. His concern with the concept of space was an ever-present factor in his work.



Exhibitions

Painters of De Stijl / Debut of Abstract Art in Holland: 1917-21
Sidney Janis Gallery, USA
01-01-1951 ~ 31-12-1951

Georges Vantongerloo (NY)
Marlborough Fine Art Ltd., Japan
01-01-1962 ~ 31-12-1962

A Travelling Retrospective Exhibition Georges Vantongerloo
Washington Corcoran Gallery of Fine Art, USA
01-01-1980 ~ 31-03-1980

A Travelling Retrospective Exhibition Georges Vantongerloo
Los Angeles County Museum of Art, USA
01-07-1980 ~ 30-09-1980

A Travelling Retrospective Exhibition Georges Vantongerloo
Kunsthaus (Zürich), Switzerland
01-10-1980 ~ 31-12-1980

A Travelling Retrospective Exhibition Georges Vantongerloo
Museum of Fine Arts (Dallas), USA
01-04-1980 ~ 30-06-1980

Max Bill, Georges Vantongerloo
Annely Juda, Fine Art, United Kingdom
27-06-1996 ~ 12-10-1996

The Thirties
Annely Juda, Fine Art, United Kingdom
02-07-1998 ~ 19-09-1998

Georges Vantongerloo (Porxa)
Porxa, France
01-01-1936 ~ 31-12-1936

Georges Vantongerloo (Paris)
Galerie Bucher, France
01-01-1937 ~ 31-12-1937

Pomar - Autobiography
Sintra Museu de Arte Moderna - Colecção Berardo (SMAM-CB), Portugal
08-05-2004 ~ 07-11-2004

Building/Unbuilding/Inhabit - works of The Berardo Collection
Centro Cultural de Belém (CCB), Portugal
29-04-2005 ~ 15-01-2006

Territórios Singulares na Colecção Berardo
Sintra Museu de Arte Moderna - Colecção Berardo (SMAM-CB), Portugal
22-10-2002 ~ 28-02-2003

Colecção Berardo Collection 1917-1999
Centro Cultural de Belém (CCB), Portugal
27-01-2000 ~ 27-08-2000

De Miró à Warhol. La Collection Berardo à Paris
Musée du Luxembourg, France
16-10-2008 ~ 22-02-2009


Bibliography

A Travelling Retrospective Exhibition Georges Vantongerloo, 1980
Published by Washington Corcoran Gallery of Fine Art; Los Angeles County Museum of Fine Art and Kunsthaus Zurich

Colecção Berardo Collection 1917-1999, 2000
Published by CCB - Centro Cultural de Belém
ISBN 972817652X

E Morto Georges Vantongerloo, 1966
Published by Casabella 301

Georges Vantongerloo, 1962
Published by Marlborough Fine Art Limited

Georges Vantongerloo desde El Stijl a la Aurora Boreal, 1972
Published by Nueva Forma

Max Bill Georges Vantongerloo, 1996
Published by Annely Judda Fine Art

Pomar - Autobiography, 2004
Published by Sintra Museu de Arte Moderna - Colecção Berardo
ISBN 9723709066

Territórios Singulares na Colecção Berardo, 2002
Published by Sintra Museu de Arte Moderna - Colecção Berardo
ISBN 972974288X

The Thirties, 1998
Published by Annely Judda Fine Art

Vingt ans avant, 1959
Published by Xxe Siècle, Paris, France

XXe Siècle, no. 4/11, 1939







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