Len Lye's <em>Blade</em>, in the exhibition <em>All Souls Carnival</em> 2011 at Govett-Brewster Art Gallery. Photo Trevor Read

Len Lye's Blade, in the exhibition All Souls Carnival 2011 at Govett-Brewster Art Gallery. Photo Trevor Read


3 Feb — 15 Apr 2018

Len Lye: Blade

A long-time favourite returns to the Govett-Brewster in early 2018 in Len Lye’s Blade.

A seminal work in Lye’s career, Blade is a fan-favourite and has been a highlight of the Govett-Brewster's programme since Lye’s homecoming exhibition Kinetic Works in 1977.

Blade’s pounding dance performs in Gallery 6 for the first time, to thrill audiences with Lye’s sense of rhythm, motion and sound.

Developed in the late 1950s, Blade was one of Lye’s formative kinetic sculptures, inspired by the artist’s ability to shake materials like steel and find the natural modes of vibration. As a student of movement, Lye choreographed these vibrations and motions, automating the performances and making one of the most vibrant and energetic bodies of modern sculpture.

Curated by Paul Brobbel