The works of Naum Gabo © Nina Williams


Constructive Head No. 1

1915 (reassembled in 1985)

Three-layered plywood
Inv. No. St. P 439

54 cm

zur  Biographie

It was the Russian engineer and artist Naum Gabo who first assembled a bust of a woman from interlocking wooden boards in 1915, in his

Constructive Head No. 1. His sculpture – which allows itself to be taken apart – comes close to being an architectonic structure. This new conception of “Constructivism” echoed the techniques of architectural design and industrial manufacturing that Gabo had come to know as a student in Munich. The artist kept this bust with him throughout his long journey of emigration to the United States, beginning in 1922. After his death in 1977, it was found in his house, wrapped in the pages of a Russian newspaper.
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