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It is mainly at the beginning of the 20th century that artists began to dare mixing media and materials in order to give a new spark to art. In doing so, they succeeded in revolutionizing painting and sculpture by proposing composite works. All the greatest artistic movements of the 20th century, such as the Dadaists, Surrealists, Pop Art, will be marked by these types of innovative works of art.
Marcel Duchamp likes to use contemporary materials and assemble them to form a sculpture close to an installation (The bride stripped naked by her bachelors). Victor Brauner, famous surrealist artist, also likes to proceed by assembly to carry out the creation of sculptures (Wolf table).
But assembly is not the only way to create a mixed media sculpture. More recently, contemporary artists such as Jeff Koons, Anish Kapoor, use many processes and materials in their manufacturing plant to create their sculptures, which often turn out to be monumental (Jeff Koons, Puppy; Gazing Ball; Ballon Dog; Anish Kapoor, Shooting in the corner).
In Art History, the term “mixed media technique" is used to designate a work of art that has been made from several different materials and with different skillsets. The mixture of materials and know-how in the making of a sculpture may make it a composite work in theory, but it still remains a unique and complete work.
As for the choice of materials, they are as numerous and different as there are materials and artists in the world. Indeed, depending on the artist's artistic approach, the materials used will change drastically from one sculpture to the next
Let us take as an example the work of Michel Blazy who, creating ephemeral works composed mainly of organic materials (Succulentes), will be completely different from a sculpture of someone like Jean Tinguely, where metal is at the heart of his creations (Chaos). As is the case for all other sculptures, the artist must think about the conservation of their work. The difference being that they have to think about each of the materials that make up a piece, as it is no longer just the one material being used - which often requires specific attention.