Magdalena
Abakanowicz

A synthesis of painting and sculpture in a soft and organic form. A departure from the classically understood tapestry towards total abstraction. A revolutionisation of art through the use of formal means in ways previously almost unimaginable. Magdalena Abakanowicz, as a total artist, transgresses in her works the boundaries of art rooted in tradition. She gives a new dimension to means previously understood as non-painting and non-sculpture. Man is at the centre of the cosmogony she creates.

Initially, it is his interiority - the microcosm - that becomes the most important, which she shows on a macro scale in the form of colourful Abacanas. Then, resigning from colour in her sculptural compositions, she moves away from testimony to the individuality of the individual, focusing on the search for his or her place in the universe. She portrays her loneliness, isolation, helplessness and trauma in a reality in which it is the human being who is powerless against his or her own limiting biological structure. The post-war trauma that has accompanied the artist throughout her life plays an important role in her wor

Selected
Exhibitions
2021/2022 "Abakanowicz. Totalna ”, The Four Domes Pavilion of the Museum of Contemporary Art, branch of the National Museum, Wrocław, Poland
2021/2022 "Abakanowicz and others", Center of Polish Sculpture in Orońsko, Orońsko, Poland
2021 "Magdalena Abakanowicz. We are fibrous structures ”, National Museum, Poznań, Poland
2018 "Magdalena Abakanowicz", The Four Domes Pavilion, Museum of Contemporary Art, branch of the National Museum, Wrocław, Poland
Embodied Forms, Marlborough Gallery, New York, USA
"Presence. Being. Identity ", Old Mine Science and Art Center (mia ART. GALLERY), Wałbrzych, Poland
2017 "Metamorfizm", Central Museum of Textiles in Łódź Poland
2016 „Mutations”, Richard Gray Gallery, Chicago, USA
2015 “In Honour of Her 85th Birthday”, Beck & Eggeling, Dusseldorf, Germany
2014 “ New York Avenue Sculpture Project”, National Museum of Women in Arts, Washington, USA
2010 Van Every/ Smith Galleries, Davidson Collage, Davidson, USA
“Magdalena Abakanowicz: Recent Sculpture”, Marlborough Chelsea, New York, USA
2008 “La Corte del Rey Artura”, Museo National Centro de Arte Renia Sofia, Madryt, Spain
2004 “Mutation and Crystalization”, Savanah College of Art and Design, Pei Ling Chan Gallery, Savanah, USA
“Magdalena Abakanowicz – Melchior, Jonas and the Eight White Faces”, Taguchi Fine Art, Tokyo, Japan
1998 Starmach Gallery, Kraków, Poland
1991 Marlborough Fine Art, Tokyo, Japan
1991 Museum of Contemporary Art, Hiroshima, Japan
1982 21 Dessins an Fusain, Galerie Jeanne Bucher, Paris, France
1967 Galerie Alice Pauli, Lozanna, Szwajcaria