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François Morellet, b.1926


François Morellet was a prominent member of the Kinetic Art movement in the 1960s. He is best known for his sphere-frames, cellular spheres built up from metal rods set at right angles to each other. Morellet made these works in various sizes and materials, some as much as 1.8m in diameter. Hung as a mobile, ‘Sphère-Trame’ creates visual effects involving movement, exaggerated perspective and reflected light-patterns.

MediumChromed steel rods
Dimensions60 x 60 x 60 cm
Credit LineIMMA Collection: Gordon Lambert Trust, 1992
Item NumberIMMA.326 GL
Image Caption
François Morellet, Sphère-Trame, 1962, Chromed steel rods, 60 x 60 x 60 cm, Collection Irish Museum of Modern Art, Gordon Lambert Trust, 1992

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About the Artist

François Morellet 1926–2016

French painter, sculptor and light artist François Morellet was a pioneer of the kinetic art movement and a founder member of the 'Groupe de Recherche d’Art Visuel' (1960-68). The group aimed to eliminate the distance between the viewer and the artwork by inviting the viewer to collaborate in kinetic art by setting it in motion, stopping it and sometimes actually constructing it. Working with neon from 1963, Morellet is also well known for his cellular spheres built from metal rods set at right angles to each other.
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