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Jesús Rafael Soto, b.1923

Curvas Inmateriales1966

In ‘Curvas Inmateriales’, movement is generated by air currents so delicate that the presence of a moving spectator is enough to activate it, giving the viewer an active role in the artwork. In addition to movement, Soto also realised that the surrounding light conditions have a powerful effect on our perception of the art object. To maximise the potential of this, in ‘Curvas Inmateriales’ the lengths of curved wire in suspended motion are painted in yellow and white and presented against a ground of thin black and white lines, appearing immaterial and magical. Gordon Lambert bought Curvas Inmateriales, directly from the artist’s Paris studio in 1967. It was the only artwork from an Irish collection to be included in the first Rosc exhibition held in Dublin the same year.

MediumPainted metal rods, nylon, acrylic on board
Dimensions107 x 107 cm
Credit LineIMMA Collection: Gordon Lambert Trust, 1992
Item NumberIMMA.383 GL
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Jesús Rafael Soto, Curvas Inmateriales, 1966, Painted metal rods, nylon, acrylic on board, 107 x 107 cm, Collection Irish Museum of Modern Art, Gordon Lambert Trust, 1992

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About the Artist

Jesús Rafael Soto 1923–2005

Venezuelan artist Jesús-Rafael Soto trained in Caracas before moving to Paris in the early 1950s. In Paris, Soto associated with such artists as Yaacov Agam, Jean Tinguely and Victor Vasarely, and became established as a member of the young avant-garde. Soto’s experiments with the incorporation of movement and the physical engagement of the viewer into his art works established him as a leading figure in kinetic art. Soto exhibited internationally from the 1970s. The Jesús Soto Museum of Modern Art opened in Ciudad Bolívar, Venezuela, in 1973. — View Artist »