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1985 - bronze

For her first work in bronze, the artist chose a field enclosed by a barbed wire fence just outside the confines of the Romantic garden. Here, in four rows, she lined up thirty-three figures without heads or arms, empty inside as if reduced to shells. When first seen, the figures seem more or less alike because of the six models used repeatedly for their creation. However, when one walks around the figures and views them from the inside, one realizes that each figure has been modeled uniquely from the others.

Magdalena Abakanowicz

Born in Falenty, Poland in 1930, Magdalena Abakanowicz lived and worked in Warsaw until her death in 2017.
Among her most recent solo shows, we recall here the ones held at Ujazdowski Castle, Warsaw (1995); Yorkshire Sculpture Park, UK (1995); Doris Freedman Plaza, New York (1995); Charlottenborg Udstillingsbygning, Copenhagen then Stockholm (1996);  Miami Art Museum, Miami  (1997); Metropolitan Museum, New York (1999); Palais Royal, Paris (1999); Fattoria di Celle, Pistoia (2000); Kunst-Station Sankt Peter, Cologne (2001); William Benton Museum of Art, University of Connecticut (2001); Muzeum Narodowe, Poznan (2002). Landesmuseum Schloss Gottorf, Germany (2003); Museum Beelden aan Zee, The Hague (2003); Museum of Art, Lucerne (2003); Chapelle Saint Louis de la Salpetriere, Paris (2004); Espace d'art contemporain André-Malraux, Colmar (2004); Pei Ling Chan Gallery, Savannah College of Art of Design (2004); Stadtkirche, Darmstadt (2005); Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park, Grand Rapids, MI (2006); Reina Sofia Museum, Madrid (2008); Institute of Modern Art, Valencia (2008); Stiftung museum kunst palast, Dusseldorf (2008); Fondazione Arnaldo Pomodoro, Milan (2009); Fondazione Cini, Venice (2015). Since 1989 Abakanowicz's work has been represented by the Marlborough Gallery which has devoted innumerable solo shows to her work in the gallery's various international venues.

Among her most important permanent installations we recall the ones at the Rose Sculpture Garden, Jerusalem (1987); Seoul Olympic Park, Seoul (1988); Raymond Nasher Collection, Dallas (1991); Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art (1992-93); Western Washington University, Bellingham (1994); Europos Parkas, Lithuania (1998); Jardin des Tuileries, Paris (2000); Women's Club of Wisconsin, Milwaukee (2001); Cytadela Park, Poznan (2001-2002); Grounds for Sculpture, Hamilton, New Jersey (2003); Big Figures, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ (2004); Agora, Grant Park, Chicago (2006).

Winner of many awards, in 2005 she received Lifetime Achievement Awards from the Polish Ministry of Culture in Warsaw and the International Sculpture Center in New York.
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texts by Magdalena Abakanowicz e Pierre Restany
Firenze, La Bezuga

Language: Italian and English



Magdalena Abakanowicz: Katarsis Portfolios

Florence, Stamperia La Bezuga; Magdalena Abakanowicz carries out two portfolios of prints titled Katarsis. One of these contains three original wax engravings printed in one hundred-twenty copies (1-100/100 and I-XX/XX) while the other contains seven wax engravings printed in one hundred copies (1-100/100).

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