Igor Mitoraj, ‘Venere’, 1984, DIE GALERIE

Signature: Signed and numbered

Igor Mitoraj. Die Schönheit – eine zerbrochene Utopie, Institut Mathildenhöhe Darmstadt, Germany, 2002
Igor Mitoraj - Skulpturen, DIE GALERIE Frankfurt am Main und Goethe-Universität Frankfurt, Germany, 2012

IGOR MITORAJ - Skulpturen / Sculptures, Exhibition catalogue DIE GALERIE, Frankfurt am Main 2012, P. 56
Igor Mitoraj. Die Schönheit - eine zerbrochene Utopie, Exhibition catalogue Institut Mathildenhöhe Darmstadt, Frankfurt am Main 2002, P. 222

From the estate of the artist.

About Igor Mitoraj

Deeply rooted in the classical tradition, Igor Mitoraj sculpts broken or severed fragments of the male form, with an eye for the theatrical that is grounded in years spent working on set designs and costumes for operas. “My work is not concerned with recreating what has already been done but it is simply an attempt to shape into familiar forms the drama of life,” he has said. Taking marble and bronze as his primary materials, Mitoraj creates busts and heads derived from recognizable mythological subjects, such as Eros, Venus, and Icarus. Large-scale and often displayed publicly, his pieces resemble statuary and objects that have suffered the wears and tears of time. “The idea of beauty is ambiguous, a double-edged sword that can easily hurt you, causing pain and torture,” says Mitoraj. “My art is an example of this dichotomy: mesmerizing perfection attached to corrupted imperfection.”

Polish, 1944-2014, Oederan, Germany