Secrets of the Internal Combustion Engine from Moonstrips Empire News, 1967
A selection of graphic works taken from the series BUNK, Zero Energy Experimental Pile, Moonstrip Empire News and General Dynamic F.U.N., all gifted to YSP by Eduardo Paolozzi in 1994, will be displayed at the centre in Spring 2016. These works stand as pictorial sourcebooks that reveal Paolozzi’s fascination with post-war popular culture through an eclectic range of sources, from advertisements, films, toys, magazines and packaging to emerging technology. Throughout his life Paolozzi kept scrapbooks, with images cut out and collaged largely from American comics and publications. He felt the seductive appeal of American consumerism offered a promise of ‘exotic society, bountiful and generous’.
Paolozzi was a central figure in British art from the post-war period and throughout the latter half of the 20th century. Responding to Surrealism and Dadaism, his innovative approach is widely viewed as a precursor to and driver of the British Pop Art movement. Notable works include the patterned walls of Tottenham Court Road tube station in London, the sleeve design for Paul McCartney’s album Red Rose Speedway and the Head of Intervention outside the Design Museum in London. Paolozzi first exhibited at YSP in the early 1980s and in 1994 the Park presented a major exhibition to mark his 70th birthday.