Museum Of Kinetic Art

Museum Of Kinetic Art

Mat Bevel Company is home to the Museum Of Kinetic Art, over 100 found-object kinetic sculptures created by sculptor Ned Schaper. He uses only what’s available—found objects—as the raw materials for his sculptures, along with his understanding of mechanics and physics. The real magic is in Schaper’s intuitive engineering approach. He does not know what the object will become when he begins his process. Instead, by working with the materials of the found object, he lets the object’s ultimate function emerge on its own, which leads to beautiful and unexpected results.

Schaper performs with and wears all the sculptures in the museum as part of his one-man Surrealistic Pop Science Theater. Each sculpture has a unique name: Americana Duck, Lover Boy, Sharka, Chicken Pox and The Thought Launcher. They each have a purpose too. The sculptures in the museum come to life as theater’s sets, props, costumes and puppets.

The story takes place in the world of Beveldom, “a lost land of found objects” where discarded objects find magical new life. Host Mat Bevel along with a huge cast of characters, all played by Schaper and his mechanical puppets, demonstrate the wonders of kinetic art using poetry, music, movement and light.

The Museum Of Kinetic Art will soon be captured as a virtual reality tour and broadcast via Bevelvision Productions at MatBevel.com

In 2014, these sculptures were featured in a 2-month solo retrospective exhibition at the Tucson Museum of Art called Welcome to Beveldom: Mat Bevel’s Museum of Kinetic Art. For the first time, the Tucson Museum of Art included live performances as part of a solo artist exhibition, with two performances. The kid-friendly exhibition and performances broke all attendance records during this time period for the Tucson Museum of Art. 

To schedule a tour of the Museum of Kinetic Art inside the kinetic junk theater’s sculptic set, contact Paula Schaper at pschaper@matbevelcompany.org or 520-604-6273.

Public Museum Openings

Visit Mat Bevel’s Museum Of Kinetic Art on the first Saturday of each month during October, 2017 to April, 2018. Families and people of all ages are invited to enjoy this world of kinetic art. Gallery closed June through September. 

Private Tours

Schedule your private tour of Mat Bevel’s Museum Of Kinetic Art. Small groups of 10 to 20 are encouraged to enjoy an intimate evening at The Bevelarium. Gallery closed June through September. Learn more or book your tour now.

For more information, contact Paula Schaper:
pschaper@matbevelcompany.org
520-604-6273.