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Born 7 March in Leith, Edinburgh. Eduardo Luigi Paolozzi,

first child of Maria and Rudolfo Paolozzi


Interned when Italy declared war on Britain and quickly released.

Father and maternal grandfather interned and then killed when the transport boat they were on to Canada was torpedoed


Attends Edinburgh College of Art


Conscripted into the army

Met future wife Freda Elliott


Discharged from army as unfit for service
Attends the Ruskin Drawing School of Drawing at the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford


Transferred to the Slade School of Fine Art, which had moved to Oxford during the war, where it shared the facilities of the Ruskin Drawing School

Enrolled on Sculpture and Drawing diploma course at Slade. Taught sculpture by A.H. Gerrard. Studied modeling from Antique and life; stone carving, lettering and various technical processes involved in the production of sculpture Made friends with William Turnbull and Nigel Henderson. Met Margaret Gardiner, Roland Penrose, John Davenport, Peter Watson and E.C. (Peter) Gregory


Modelled concrete sculpture for first one-man exhibition.

Made collages with images of ancient sculpture and mechanical parts taken from books


Drawings by Eduardo Paolozzi, Mayor Gallery (January)

Resigns from Slade and moves to Paris. Visited by William Turnbull and Freda Elliott. With Nigel Henderson visited Musée de l’Homme and met Léger, Arp, Braque, Brancusi, Balthus, Dubuffet, Tristan Tzara, Hélion and Alberto Giacometti


An Exhibition of Recent Drawings by Eduardo Paolozzi, Mayor Gallery

Begins to make sculptures inspired by Wentworth d’Arcy Thompson, Growth and Form


Eduardo Paolozzi – Drawings and Bas-Reliefs, Mayor Gallery Returns from Paris to live in London. Lived briefly with Lucian Freud in St John’s Wood, Margaret Gardiner in Hampstead and Nigel & Judith Henderson in Bethnal Green. Shared studio with William Turnbull

Towards end of year or early 1950 started teaching textile design part-time at Central School of Art and Design (until 1955)


Kenneth King, Eduardo Paolozzi, William Turnbull, Hanover Gallery – exhibited six sculptures in bronze and plaster Meets the architects Jane Drew and Maxwell Fry


Fountain installed at Festival of Britain site by Royal Festival Hall

Arts Council of Great Britain commissioned Cage Married Freda Elliott


Exhibited at 1st Fitzroy Street exhibition

Bunk! lecture at ICA

Exhibited at 2nd Fitzroy Street exhibition Included in New Aspects of British Sculpture, British Pavilion, Venice Biennale with Robert Adams, Kenneth Armitage, Reg Butler, Lynn Chadwick, Geoffrey Clarke, Bernard Meadows, Henry Moore and William Turnbull

Visits Venice, Viticuso and Naples

Awarded British Critics’ Prize


Finalist, International Sculpture Competition: The Unknown Political Prisoner

Fountain design for Bundesgartenschau, Hamburg Exhibited at 3rd Fitzroy Street exhibition

Co-curated Parallel of Life and Art, ICA, with Nigel Henderson, and Peter and Alison Smithson


Founded Hammer Prints Ltd with Nigel & Judith Henderson

Collages and Objects, ICA, exhibited Time collages and Psychological Atlas scrapbook

First child born, Louise Carmella Paolozzi

Studio at Dorothy Morland’s home in Hampstead


Mother died

Eduardo Paolozzi – Work in Progress, ICA (members’ room)

Taught sculpture part-time at St Martin’s School of Art (until 1958)


This is Tomorrow, ‘Patio and Pavilion’ with Henderson and Smithsons

An Experiment with Child Art – An Exhibition by Eduardo Paolozzi, ICA (members’ room)

Won William and Noma Copley Foundation Award Begins to incorporate found objects into surface of sculpture


Eduardo Paolozzi, Nigel Henderson, Arts Council Gallery,


Second child born, Anna Francesca


Image-Making-God Breaking lecture, ICA – projected images of crashed cars, aircraft, and explained his artistic process as the ‘metamorphosis of rubbish’

Paolozzi Sculpture, Hanover Gallery

Visited United States


The Developing Process, ICA

Included in New Images of Man exhibition, MoMA,

New York

Moved studio to Dovehouse Street, Chelsea


Eduardo Paolozzi, Betty Parsons Gallery, New York

Third child born, Emma Naomi

Exhibited 22 bronzes from 1956-8 at Venice Biennale

Won David E. Bright Foundation Award for Best Sculptor under 45

Appointed advisor on sculpture and design at Hochschule für bildende Künste, Hamburg

Sculpture, Drawings and Collages by Eduardo Paolozzi,

Manchester City Art Gallery

Meets Gabrielle Kieller


Develops designs for sculpture in gunmetal and alloys.

Collaborates with C.W. Juby’s Alpha Engineering Works,

Ipswich to make these sculptures

Won Watson F. Blair Prize, Chicago

Made the film The History of Nothing in 1961 or 1962


Paolozzi, Betty Parsons Gallery, New York

Started making screenprints with Christopher Prater


Eduardo Paolozzi, New Works, Waddington Galleries

Visited New York, Mexico and South America


Began collages for As Is When

Began colouring sculptures

Eduardo Paolozzi: Recent Sculpture, Robert Fraser Gallery

Eduardo Paolozzi: Sculpture, MoMA, New York


Eduardo Paolozzi: Sculptures, Drawings and Collages, Hatton Gallery, Newcastle

As Is When published by Editions Alecto

Made the film Kakafon Kakkoon


Eduardo Paolozzi, Recent Sculpture (A Selection of Works from 1963 to 1966), Pace Gallery, New York

Collaboration with Jim Dine

Eduardo Paolozzi: Sculpture; Prints, Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh

Eduardo Paolozzi, Recent Sculpture (A Selection of Works from 1963 to 1966), Robert Fraser Gallery


Eduardo Paolozzi, Anthony Caro, Kröller-Müller, Rijksmuseum, Otterlo

Eduardo Paolozzi: Sculpture and Graphics, Hanover Gallery

Eduardo Paolozzi: New Sculpture and Screenprints, Pace Gallery, New York

Universal Electronic Vacuum published

Won Pittsburgh International sculpture prize


Awarded CBE

Eduardo Paolozzi: Seriegrafieën

Appointed Visiting Lecturer, Art Department, University of California, Berkeley

Eduardo Paolozzi: A Print Retrospective, Worth Ryder Art Gallery, University of California, Berkeley

Eduardo Paolozzi, Hanover Gallery

Began part-time teaching of ceramics at Royal College of Art

Eduardo Paolozzi, Plastik und Graphik, Städtische Kunsthalle, Düsseldorf


Paolozzi, Plastiken, Graphik, Würtembergischer Kunstverein, Stuttgart

Kunstgebaüde am Schlossplatz; and Kunsthaus, Hamburg

Eduardo Paolozzi, Complete Graphics, Galerie Mikro, Berlin

Eduardo Paolozzi: An Exhibition of Original Sculpture, Drawings, Prints and Enlarged Black and White Photographs, Kunstmuseum, Göteborg

Visited Japan


Eduardo Paolozzi, Skulpture og grafik, Kunstmuseum, Aarhus


Eduardo Paolozzi, Tate Gallery

Made film Mr Machine


Eduardo Paolozzi: The Conditional Probability Machine, St Katharines Gallery, St Andrews University

Cleish Castle commission


Eduardo Paolozzi: Bunk, Victoria & Albert Museum


Began Charles Ives screenprints

Began Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD) fellowship in Berlin

Cast reliefs at Noack Foundry

Eduardo Paolozzi, Skulpturen, Reliefs, Zeichnungen, Grafik, Galerie Wentzel, Hamburg

Eduardo Paolozzi, Kestner-Gesellschaft, Hannover, touring exhibition


Eduardo Paolozzi, Skulpturen, Zeichnungen, Collagen,

Staatliche Museen Preussischer Kulturbesitz, Berlin

Eduardo Paolozzi, Handzeichnungen, Collagen, Druckgrafik, Kunsthalle, Bremen

Commissioned to make doors for the new Hunterian Art Gallery, Glasgow


Eduardo Paolozzi, New Reliefs and Sculpture, Marlborough Fine Art

Eduardo Paolozzi: Recent Work, Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh

Eduardo Paolozzi: Sculpture, Drawings, Collages and Graphics, Arts Council touring exhibition

Eduardo Paolozzi, National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, toured Canada


Eduardo Paolozzi: Collages and Drawings, Anthony d’Offay Gallery Eduardo Paolozzi, Holzreliefs, Zeichnungen, Prägerdrucke, Holzstiche, Galerie Renate Fassbender, Munich The Complete Prints of Eduardo Paolozzi: Prints, Drawings, Collages 1944-77, Victoria & Albert Museum Appointed Professor of Ceramics at Fachhochschule, Fachbereich Kunst und Design, Cologne


Eduardo Paolozzi, Kleinplastiken, Zeichnungen, Graphik, Kasseler Kunstverein, Kassel


Eduardo Paolozzi: The Development of the Idea, Crawford Art Centre, St Andrews University Eduardo Paolozzi: Work in Progress, Kölnischer Kunstverein, Cologne Commissioned by Crown Estate Commissioners to design Cooling Tower, for Drummond Gate, London SW1 Commissioned by City of Mönchengladbach to make wall relief Elected Royal Academician Awarded Honorary Doctorate, Royal College of Art


Commissioned by London Transport to make mosaics for Tottenham Court Road Underground station Appointed to redevelop Rhinegarden, Cologne British Railways Board commission Piscator for Euston Square Installation of doors for Hunterian Art Gallery


Commissioned by Redditch Development Corporation to make mosaics for Milward Square, Kingfischer Shopping Centre, Redditch Appointed Professor of Sculpture at the Akademie der bildenden Künste, Munich (until 1990) Won Saltire Society Award for the Hunterian Art Gallery doors Elected Honorary Member of Architectural Association


Commissioned by City of Cologne to design playground for Schulzentrum Köln-Pesch Commissioned by Bundesgartenshau 1985 to design Catastrophe Fountain for Massiner Weg park, Berlin


Eduardo Paolozzi, Kunst und Bau, Architectural Projects, Aedes Galerie für Architektur und Raum Eduardo Paolozzi: Druckgrafik, DAAD Galerie, Berlin Awarded Grand Prix d’Honneur, 15th International Print Biennal, Ljubljana


Eduardo Paolozzi: Private Vision – Public Art, The Architectural Association Eduardo Paolozzi: Graphics and Sculpture, New Metropole Arts Centre, Folkstone Eduardo Paolozzi, Hefte der Akademie der bildenden Künste, Munich Eduardo Paolozzi, Recurring Themes, Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh Elected to Council of the Architectural Association


Paolozzi Underground, Royal Academy Studierende bei Eduardo Paolozzi, Akademie der bildenden Kunst, Munich Commissioned by the Secretary of State for the Environment to make On This Island for the Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre Curated Lost Magic Kingdoms and Six Paper Moons from Nahuatl, Museum of Mankind Elected Fellow of University College, London University Victoria & Albert Museum bought The Krazy Kat Arkive For Leonardo made for lawn in front of Alte Pinakothek, Munich On This Island installed at Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre Appointed Her Majesty’s Sculptor in Ordinary for Scotland Eduardo Paolozzi: Köpfe, Skulpturenmuseum Glastkasten, Marl


Eduardo Paolozzi: Sculptures From a Garden, Serpentine Gallery The Artist as Hephaestus installed at 34-36 High Holborn


Marriage dissolved, Paolozzi Portraits, National Portrait Gallery Appointed trustee of National Portrait Gallery Unter Heldern und Göttern, Eduardo Paolozzi und Junge Bildhauer der Müncher Akademie in der Glyptothek, Glyptothek, Munich Eduardo Paolozzi: Small Things, Victoria & Albert Museum


Knighted The Concept of Newton installed Kowloon Park, Hong Kong Eduardo Paolozzi: Nullius in Verba, Talbot Rice Gallery, Edinburgh Eduardo Paolozzi: Made in Munich, Akademie Galerie, Munich Installation of Polygraphia Nova, Stadtsparkasse Ungerstrasse, Munich Appointed Visiting Professor, Royal College of Art Eduardo Paolozzi, Arche Noah, Puppentheatermussem, Stadtmuseum, Munich Installation of Newton after James Watt, Design Museum


Eduardo Paolozzi: Mythologies, The Scottish Gallery Retired from Professorship of Sculpture at Akademie der bildenden Künste, Munich Elected Corresponding Member of Die Bayerische Akademie der bildenden Künste, Munich Installation of Master of the Universe, Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh Made Egypt for Wilhelm Lehmbruck Museum, Duisberg Commissioned by British Library to make a sculpture for the new British Library, St Pancras


Awarded Goethe Medal at a ceremony in Frankfurt Appointed Cavaliere Officiale, Ordine al Merito della Republica Italiana Eduardo Paolozzi: Works from Germany, Goethe Institute, London Installation of The Manuscript of Monte Cassino, Picardy Place, Leith Walk, Edinburgh


Installation of The Wealth of Nations, Royal Bank of Scotland HQ, Edinburgh Installation of Athena, London Oratory School


Eduardo Paolozzi, 70th Birthday Exhibition, Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Wakefield Sculpture in the Close, Jesus College, Cambridge Paolozzi Foundation set up


Installation of Newton after Blake, British Library Announcement of substantial gift of works and archival material to National Galleries of Scotland, and of plan to dedicate the Dean Gallery to the display of Paolozzi’s work


Curated ‘Eduardo Paolozzi: The Jesus Works and Store; An Attempt to Describe an Indescribable Film’, Spellbound: Art and Film, Hayward Gallery Eduardo Paolozzi: Artificial Horizons and Eccentric Ladders, Works on Paper 1946 to 1995, British Council touring exhibition Visiting Lecturer, Edinburgh College of Art


Installation of Parthenope and Egeria at the Michael Swann Building, Institute of Cell and Molecular Biology, Edinburgh University Newton after Blake, British Library, unveiled


Deed of gift to National Galleries of Scotland signed


Dean Gallery, Edinburgh opened. Displays and installations of Paolozzi’s work, including Vulcan


Installation of Vulcan, Central Square, Newcastle Faraday unveiled at Birmingham University


22 April died