Alexander Archipenko was born in 1887 in Kiev, Ukraine. In 1908 he arrived in Paris, and in 1910 he exhibited with the Cubists at the Salon des Indépendants. His works include sculptures and sculptu-paintings, drawings and prints. His sculptural innovations were influenced by works of Braque, Picasso and the Italian futurists. In 1914 he developed what he called sculpto-painting, which according to him represented ‘a new character of art, due to its specific interdependencies of relief, concave or perforated forms, colors, or textures’ A unique collection of his works, the biggest of its kind is at the Tel Aviv Museum of Art. In 1933, it was sent to the museum for safekeeping, by the German-Jewish Collector Erich Goeritz.
The collection holds 32 works, most of them of the years 1908 to 1921. Among the highlights of the collection is Woman with Fan – that combines mixed media materials and ready-made objects of assemblage such as metal sheet, linen, wooden shelf, metal funnel and a glass bottle. They are all affixed, glued and painted onto a wooden support. In this avant-garde work Archipenko succeeded in combining 3D, light and shade and painted volumes.
The Archipenko Collection of the Tel Aviv Museum of Art is planned to travel to the State Hermitage Museum and the State Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts in 2015, with the support of the M.T. Abraham Foundation.
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