Development of the Circle - Mylona Alex

Mylona Alex (1920 - 2016)

Development of the Circle, 1986

Iron, 195 x 341 x 407 cm

Donated by the artist

Inv. Number Π.7585
On view National Glyptotheque

Alex Mylona’s tendency toward an abstract rendering and her acquaintance with important artists from the European avant-garde played a decisive role in the formation of her personal style. The preoccupation with volume and the contribution of space to sculptural depiction led her at the end of the Fifties to the formulation of a series of works rendered with the greatest possible schematization, in which the third dimension is abolished. Her perceptions regarding the function of sculpture in relationship to the human being and the everyday environment, led her in the middle of the Seventies to the creation of non-figurative compositions made with sheets of zinc or stainless steel, based on rounded shapes. Some of these compositions, which in reality are maquettes for architectural constructions, can at the same time constitute objects of everyday use.

The maquette for “Development of the Circle”, a composition which combines intersecting, horizontal and vertically placed sections of circles and broad two-dimensional surfaces, belongs to this series and constitutes the sculptor’s proposal for a seat in a museum, which was transferred into large dimensions in iron and is exhibited at the National Glyptotheque.