Eduardo Paolozzi: Magic Kingdoms & Paper Moons

  • Eduardo Paolozzi, Le Robot Robert Voulait Aller a New York Mais Le Passenger Est Trop Lourd, 1971

    Eduardo Paolozzi, TWA Plain-Steps-Cap 14 Persons with two Stewardesses and Wonder Toy (from the Cloud Atomic Laboratory portfolio), 1971, Courtesy C L E A R I N G New York / Brussels © Trustees of the Paolozzi Foundation, licensed by DACS

Past Event

This event was on Sat 25 Mar 2017, 2–6pm

Coinciding with the major retrospective of his work, this symposium is inspired by Eduardo Paolozzi’s 1985 exhibition Lost Magic Kingdoms and Six Paper Moons from Nahuatl. This exhibition demonstrates the breadth of his work in addition to confirming his position as a true pioneer, as one of the first artists to intervene in a museum collection. We bring together key scholars on Paolozzi to explore his wide ranging practice, drawing on collection, collage, design, display and the role of the artist in wider culture and society.

Speakers include Daniel F. Herrmann (Whitechapel Gallery), Prof. Ben Highmore (University of Sussex), Prof. Anne Massey (London College of Communications), Dr. Beth Williamson (Independent Art Historian), Lisa Maddigan Newby (University of East Anglia) and Ben Cranfield, (Royal College of Art).

Ticket price includes entry to the exhibition.


14.00 Welcome by Jane Scarth, Curator: Public Programmes, Whitechapel Gallery.

14.05 Introduction by Daniel F. Herrmann, Eisler Curator and Head of Curatorial Studies, Whitechapel Gallery

Panel One

14.20 Lisa Maddigan Newby, PhD Candidate and Associate Tutor University of East Anglia

‘Lost Magic Kingdoms: An assemblage of objects, an assemblage of ideas’

14.40 Dr. Beth Williamson, Independent Art Historian

‘Paolozzi and Ehrenzweig: Collaborations and Creatures of the Unconscious’

15.10 Discussion chaired by Daniel F. Herrmann. Followed by Q&A.

15.50 Break

Panel Two

16.15 Prof. Ben Highmore, Professor of Cultural Studies, University of Sussex

‘Monsters and Mantelpieces: Paolozzi and the New Domestic Interior’

16.35 Prof. Anne Massey, Professor of Design and Culture, LCC, University of the Arts London

‘Paolozzi and the Independent Group’

17.05 Discussion chaired by Ben  Cranfield, Senior Tutor in Curatorial Theory and History, Royal College of Art. Followed by Q&A.

17.45 End