International 2009 Archives
Magdalena Abakanowicz, Space to Experience
Fondazione Pomodoro, Milano (Italy)
The 2009 exhibition season at the Fondazione Arnaldo Pomodoro in Milan opens with a show by Magdalena Abakanowicz (1930), one of the most authoritative exponents of contemporary sculpture at an international level. Winner of the gold medal at the 7th International São Paulo Art Biennial in 1956, sole representative of her country in the Polish Pavilion at the 1980 Venice Biennale, she has been celebrated by a retrospective staged at the Palacio de Cristal, Madrid, and the Museum Kunst Palast, Düsseldorf, in 2008. The same year the Tate Modern acquired her imposing work Embryology, which will be on display in Milan.
Magdalena Abakanowicz has become one of the most highly regarded voices on the world art scene, changing the significance of sculpture from an object to look at to a `space to experience´, as the title of the initiative puts it, through creations based primarily on the human or animal form, whose organic structure is used metaphorically to raise a spiritual or philosophical question.
Whence a total elasticity in the use of materials, which range from Cor-
The solo exhibition, the first retrospective in Italy, will show among all also the famous red and orange Abakans, erotic and strong images coming from the Tate Modern in London.
Exhibition 10 April -
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Magdalena Abakanowicz was born in Poland in 1930 to a family of landowners of aristocratic origin. On the outbreak of war she was forced to move to Warsaw, where she embarked on her artistic career and where she still lives and works today. In the early days she was treated with suspicion by the Polish regime and was obliged to work in secret and without adequate spaces. What chiefly worried the authorities was the antiheroic, yielding nature of her work, decidedly in conflict with the dominant political values.
Abakanowicz creates soft and flexible structures, forms woven out of different fibres, rough to the touch. The Abakans series (1965-
The artist analyzes the point at which the organic meets the non-