Magdalena Abakanowicz, ‘Sarcophagi in Glass Houses’, 1989, Storm King Art Center
Magdalena Abakanowicz, ‘Sarcophagi in Glass Houses’, 1989, Storm King Art Center
Magdalena Abakanowicz, ‘Sarcophagi in Glass Houses’, 1989, Storm King Art Center
Magdalena Abakanowicz, ‘Sarcophagi in Glass Houses’, 1989, Storm King Art Center

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About Magdalena Abakanowicz

For more than half a century, Magdalena Abakanowicz has been producing critically acclaimed, poetic sculptures about the fraught and fragile condition of being human, shaped by her experiences growing up during WWII and the Soviet domination of Poland. “What is sculpture?” she asks. “With impressive continuity it testifies to man's evolving sense of reality, and fulfills the necessity to express what cannot be verbalized.” Through sculpture, Abakanowicz expresses what she sees as the ineffable, dichotomous relationship between the individual and society. The human figure, overt or implied, is central to her work, from her early fiber-based sculptures of ropes and organic forms to her later, expressionistic human and animal figures and trees. Often displayed in groups, with surfaces resembling bark or wrinkled skin, Abakanowicz’s figures seem vulnerable and weathered, as if bearing the marks of life.

Polish, 1930-2017, Falentyn, Poland, based in Warsaw, Poland

Exhibition Highlights On Artsy

2016
New Tate Modern Switch House: Extension and Installation, Tate Modern, London
2005
La Foule V, Galerie Saint Severin, Paris, France
2003
Dancing Figures, Marlborough Fine Art, London, United Kingdom
1999
N/A, Les Jardins du Palais Royal, Paris, France

Solo Shows on Artsy

2005
La Foule V, Galerie Saint Severin, Paris, France
2003
Dancing Figures, Marlborough Fine Art, London, United Kingdom
1999
N/A, Les Jardins du Palais Royal, Paris, France
1962
N/A, Gallery Kordegarda, Warsaw, Poland

Group Shows on Artsy

2017
The Time Is N♀w, Michael Rosenfeld Gallery, New York
2016
New Tate Modern Switch House: Extension and Installation, Tate Modern, London
2003
me&more, Kunstmuzeum Luzern, Lucerne, Switzerland
2003
From Picasso to Warhol: master prints 1964 ­-2003, The Center for Contemporary Art, Warsaw, Poland
2001
Animal Sculptures pf the 20th Century, Fukushima Prefectural Museum of Art, Mie Prefecture, Japan
2001
Europalia 2001, Musée d'Art Contemporain, Liège, Paris, France
2000
L' Homme qui Marche, Les Jardins du Palais Royal, Paris, France
1996
Horizons, Sonje Museum of Contemporary Art, Seoul, South Korea
1995
After Auschwitz, Royal Festival Hall, London, United Kingdom
1987
Olympiad of Art, Olympic Park, Olympic park, Seoul, South Korea
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