Sheet steel

Oracle, 1962 - 1965© Robert Rauschenberg© Centre Pompidou, MNAM-CCI/Service de la documentation photographique du MNAM/Dist. RMN-GP© ADAGP Paris© SABAM Belgium 2018

Whether folded, embossed, perforated or corrugated, sheet metal is one of the materials that accompanied, from the start, the development of modern metal sculpture.

Occupying quite naturally the place of the cars in the different compartments of the body repair workshop, the exhibited sculptures, which will regularly be renewed between May 2018 and June 2019, evoke some of the highlights of this multifaceted history. Appreciated for its constructive qualities that made it possible to create both planes and voids, slender and light forms, sheet metal was put to the test by the great precursors that were Julio Gonzalez and Antoine Pevsner. In the 1950s already, sheet metal was employed in a wide range of aesthetic applications, from kinetic constructions and assemblages to minimal structures, soon accompanied by a conceptual dimension.

© César© Centre Pompidou, MNAM-­‐CCI/Service de la documentation photographique du MNAM/Dist RMN-GP© Samuel Kalika© SBJ / Adagp, Paris