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David Medalla is a Filipino international artist. His work ranges from sculpture and kinetic art to painting,
installation and performance art. He lives and works in London, New York City and Paris. Medalla
was born in Manila, the Philippines, in 1942. At the age of 12 he was admitted at Columbia University in New York upon the recommendation of American poet Mark van Doren, and he studied ancient Greek drama with Moses Hadas, modern drama with Eric Bentley, modern literature with Lionel Trilling, modern philosophy with John Randall and attended the poetry workshops of Léonie Adams. In the 1960s in Paris, the French philosopher Gaston Bachelard introduced his performance ‘Brother of Isidora’ at the Academy of Raymond Duncan, later, Louis Aragon would introduce another performance and finally, Marcel Duchamp honoured him with a ‘medallic’ object. In a partly-edited Signals Newsbulletin by schoolchildren, David Medalla supposedly prepared a special supplement on kinetic Christmas carols.

Established
Represented by industry leading galleries.
Collected by a major museum
Tate
Selected exhibitions
2018
Signals: If You Like I Shall Grow (Part II)kurimanzutto
2017
Mekong New Mythologies ExhibitionHong Kong Arts Centre
2016
Interlúdios 216Baró Galeria
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Bubble Machine BGSP #5, 1963-2016

Wood, acrylic, electric engine, water and soap
55 1/10 × 39 2/5 × 39 2/5 in
140 × 100 × 100 cm
Unique
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Location
São Paulo
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David Medalla is a Filipino international artist. His work ranges from sculpture and kinetic art to painting,
installation and performance art. He lives and works in London, New York City and Paris. Medalla
was born in Manila, the Philippines, in 1942. At the age of 12 he was admitted at Columbia University in New York upon the recommendation of American poet Mark van Doren, and he studied ancient Greek drama with Moses Hadas, modern drama with Eric Bentley, modern literature with Lionel Trilling, modern philosophy with John Randall and attended the poetry workshops of Léonie Adams. In the 1960s in Paris, the French philosopher Gaston Bachelard introduced his performance ‘Brother of Isidora’ at the Academy of Raymond Duncan, later, Louis Aragon would introduce another performance and finally, Marcel Duchamp honoured him with a ‘medallic’ object. In a partly-edited Signals Newsbulletin by schoolchildren, David Medalla supposedly prepared a special supplement on kinetic Christmas carols.

Established
Represented by industry leading galleries.
Collected by a major museum
Tate
Selected exhibitions (3)
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