Lot 1

Paul Neagu

Dialectic Man


Hand coloured serigraph
76 × 56.5 cm (29.9 × 22.2 inch)


Sold for €1,800


Artwork description

Numbered lower left, in pencil, "24/45"; titled, signed, dated and noted lower right, in pencil, ”Dialectic Man, P. NEAGU, 1979, Hand coloured screenprint”

Edition, Series



the collection of Maeve Patricia Hall, owner and resident of Narrow Water, Ireland

Lot Notes

Paul Neagu made a crucial contribution to the development of conceptual art in both Romania and Britain. His complex body of work revolves around his philosophy, according to which everything that exists is simultaneously distinct and interconnected. Neagu was a significant name of the 1960s Romanian neo-avantgarde. After settling in London in the 1970s, Paul Neagu worked as an artist and teacher. His art had a great impact on those who later became Britain’s leading sculptors of the 80s and 90s, including Tony Cragg, Antony Gormley, Anish Kapoor. Neagu’s works have been exhibited at Tate Britain, Victoria and Albert Museum, The Henry Moore Foundation, The Scottish National Gallery (United Kingdom), the Philadelphia Museum of Art, (U.S.A), Fukuoka Museum (Japan), The National Museum of Art (Romania). 


Paul Neagu

Bucharest, Romania, 1938 - London, UK, 2004


Solo (Selection)
  • 2015 - "Paul Neagu: Palpable Sculpture", Henry Moore Institute, Leeds, UK (International)
  • 2015 - “Blind Bite”, Ivan Gallery, Bucharest, Romania (National)
  • 2014 - "Going Tornado", Ivan Gallery, Bucharest, Romania (National)
  • 2014 - “(R)evoluția formei”, retrospective exhibitions, Jecza Gallery, Timișoara, The Art Museum, Timișoara, The Art Museum, Cluj-Napoca, Romania (National)
  • 2014 - "What if He Was Right?", UNAgaleria, through Allegra Nomad Gallery, Bucharest, Romania (National)
  • 2012 - Reenactment performance, "Cake Man", Ivan Gallery, Bucharest, Romania (National)
  • 2012 - artZoom Paul Neagu la Peretele Alb”, AnnArt Gallery, Bucharest, Romania (National)
  • 2009 - Romanian Cultural Institute, London, UK (International)
  • 2004 - “Abstract Gamma Hyphen”, Gallery 49 , New York (International)
  • 2000 - Museum of Modern Art, Ljubljana, Slovenia (International)
  • 1994 - Brukenthal Museum, Sibiu, Romania (National)
  • 1988 - “Nine Catalytic Stations 1975 – 1987”, University Gallery and Baring Wing - Northumbria University, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK (International)
  • 1983 - Kamakura Gallery, Kanagawa, Japonia (International)
  • 1979 - “Great Gathering of Hyphens”, Institute of Contemporary Art, London, UK (International)
  • 1976 - “Paul Neagu și Grupul de Artă Generativă”, Museum of Modern Art, Oxford, UK (National)
  • 1973 - “Tactile and Palpable Objects”, Serpentine Gallery, London (International)
  • 1972 - “Antropocosmos”, Rivolta Gallery, Lausanne, France (International)
  • 1971 - Sigi Krauss Gallery, London, UK (International)
Group (Selection)
  • 2017 - “Beyond the Concept Frontier”, Art Encounters, Timișoara, Romania (National)
  • 2016 - 2017 - “My Sweet Little Lamb”, Gallery Nova, Zagreb, Croatia (International)
  • 2015 - “Thirty One”, National Gallery of Kosovo, Serbia (International)
  • 2014 - “The Bucharest Artistic Education and Romanian Art after 1950”, National Museum of Contemporary Art, Bucharest, Romania (National)
  • 2014 - “Report on the Construction of a Spaceship Module”, The New Museum, New York (International)
  • 2013 - 2014 - “Pencil ink | ink”, AnnArt Gallery, Bucharest, Romania (National)
  • 2013 - Paul Neagu & Geta Bratescu, Barbara Weiss Gallery, Berlin (International)
  • 2013 - “ArtZoom de vara_02”, AnnArt Gallery, Bucharest, Romania (National)
  • 2013 - “Artists Make Faces”, Plymouth City Museum and Art Gallery, Plymouth, UK (International)
  • 2012 - "Little Fine Art", AnnArt Gallery, Bucharest, Romania (National)
  • 2012 - "Künstler aus Rumänien im Ausland", Emilia Suciu Gallery, Ettlingen, Germania (International)
  • 2011 - "Museo de las narrativas paralelas. En el marco de La Internacional ", Museu d'Art Contemporani de Barcelona (MACBA), Barcelona, ​​Spain (International)
  • 2011 - "United Enemies - The Problem of Sculpture in Britain in the 1960s and 1970s", Henry Moore Institute, Leeds, UK (International)
  • 2009 - "Gender Check - Rollenbilder in der Kunst Osteuropas", Museum Moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig - MUMOK, Vienna (International)
  • 2007 - "Demarco Archives", Brukenthal Museum, Sibiu, Romania (National)
  • 2006 - "George Apostu, Roman Cotosman, Paul Neagu - Artists in Exile", National Museum of Contemporary Art, Bucharest, Romania (National)
  • 2006 - "Artişti în exil", The National Museum of Contemporary Art, Bucharest, Romania (National)
  • 2000 - Museum of Modern Art, Liubliana, Slovenia (International)
  • 1997 - “Out of Actions - Between Performance and Object”, in Barcelona, Tokyo, Vienna, Contemporary Museum of Art, Los Angeles (International)
  • 1981 - "Baroque '81" , Museum of Modern Art, Paris, France (International)
  • 1975 - “The Condition of Sculpture”, Hayward Gallery, London, UK (International)
  • 1969 - “Bauzentrum”, Hamburg, Germany (International)
  • 1969 - “Palpable Art Manifesto”, Demarco Gallery, Edinburgh, UK (International)
Biennial (Selection)
  • 2015 - "Mapping Bucharest: Art, Memory, and Revolution 1916–2016", MAK Vienna, Vienna Biennale (International)
  • 2015 - “Mapping Bucharest: Art, Memory, and Revolution 1916–2016”, Vienna Biennale (International)


  • “Blue Ribbon” Medal (Konjo Hosyo) awarded by the Japanese Government , 1996
  • Win the sculpture contest "On the Strand", Charing Cross, London, 1987
  • Award from the Arts Council of Great Britain for exhibitions abroad, 1981
  • Research grant awarded by the Arts Council of Great Britain for the Durham and Newcastle projects, 1980
  • The Northern Arts Scholarship awarded by the Arts Council of Great Britain, 1979
  • Tony Cobbeld Award, 1976
  • The Arts Council England Award, 1973


  • Tate Britain, England, United Kingdom
  • Victoria and Albert Museum, England, United Kingdom
  • The Scottish National Gallery, Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom
  • The Henry Moore Foundation, England, United Kingdom
  • Philadelphia Museum of Art, U.S.A
  • Fukuoka Museum, Japan
  • National Museum of Art, Romania

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