At the top of the first flight of stairs in the fattoria, this work resembles a human back, seen through a window that opens onto the landing. The room holding the installation is locked, and one can only view the interior through a tiny window. Looking through this one sees a small, almost monastic cell with two high white wooden stools on which sit two burlap forms shaped like curved human backs, both of which lack heads, arms and legs.
Born in Falenty, Poland in 1930, Magdalena Abakanowicz lives and works in Warsaw.
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). 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.
For information: www.abakanowicz.art.pl; www.stormking.org;