TEFAF MAASTRICHT 2018
Born and raised in the region of La Louvière, Belgium, Pol Bury spent his artistic career in France and the United States. Having participated in the landmark 1955 exhibition “Le Mouvement” at Galerie Denise René in Paris, he is considered one of the pioneers of kinetic art.
In New York he became an instant success with his first one-man show in 1964 at the Lefebre Gallery where MoMA bought two of his reliefs. In the early Seventies, a major traveling retrospective was held through the U.S., culminating at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York (1971).
What distinguishes Bury from his fellow kinetic artists, is his use of extremely slow movement as a means of expression. The slow, almost imperceptible, and erratic movements of the sculptures and reliefs by Bury are telling about our experience of time. Only in the interruption of an action or movement do we become aware of our perception of time.