Inspired by Surrealism’s embrace of chance and by the capricious movements of Alexander Calder’s sculptures, the Belgian artist Pol Bury created his own kinetic art beginning in the 1940s—motorized, spinning paintings, subtly shifting cut-paper reliefs, and slowly moving metal sculptures. In 1963 he created his first cinetization—a photo-collage suggesting movement within the print—an art form he pursued for the remainder of his career. By cutting concentric circles in a photograph and reassembling the pieces with a slight twist, Bury suggested a playful dance of volumes in what was then the world’s tallest building, the Sears Tower.
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Pol Bury, Belgian, 1922–2005
- 1973 or later
- Gelatin silver print collage
- Image: 11 1/16 × 7 in. (28.1 × 17.8 cm) Sheet: 11 1/16 × 7 in. (28.1 × 17.8 cm) Mount: 15 3/4 × 11 13/16 in. (40 × 30 cm)
- Credit Line
Museum purchase funded by the S. I. and Susie Morris Photography Endowment
- Current Location
- Not on view
- Accession Number
[Galerie 1900/2000, Paris]; [Paul M. Hertzmann, Inc., San Francisco]; purchased by MFAH, 2017.