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

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

Solo Shows

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

Group Shows

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