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Magdalena Abakanowicz

Magdalena Abakanowicz

Born June 20 1930, Falenty
Died April 21 2017

Magdalena Abakanowicz is one of the major figures of contemporary art, whose significance is comparable to Louise Bourgeois, Eva Hesse and Rachel Whiteread. She was born nine years before the outbreak of the Second World War, she had stayed in Poland during the wartime and did not even leave the country at the time of totality. The local historical experience has meant her major inspiration. The existence of the individual in society, individual as an antithesis and also the foundation stone of the crowd, characterizes her work from the beginning of the sixties. Her original textile sculptures, Abakan, were gradually followed by extensive series of humanoid sculptures of sitting, standing and dancing human torsos of papier-mâché and metal, contemplative gardens, castings of faces or cycles of fantastic creatures and weapons.
Van Every/Smith Galleries
Tate Gallery
Fondazione Arnaldo Pomodoro
Lehmbruck Museum
Portland Art Museum
Swedish National Museum
Museum of Art in Łódź
National Museum in Warsaw
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
MoMA | Museum of Modern Art
Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago
Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia
The Centre Pompidou
Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris
Centrum Sztuki Współczesnej / Zamek Ujazdowski
Decorative Arts Museum: National Museum in Oslo
Zachęta – National Gallery of Art
Olomouc Museum of Art

Muzeum umění Olomouc 2011-2021