Magdalena Abakanowicz is one of the most prominent artists of the 21st century. The National Museum in Wroclaw has recently purchased about a dozen works by the artist, turning its collection of Abakanowicz’s oeuvre into the largest and most representative in the world.
Abakanowicz rose to fame as a sculptor, the creator of monumental textile installations famously known as ‘Abakans’. Later, she started working with other materials, including metal, wood, and occasionally ceramics, but remained faithful to her unique artistic expression visible in the scale of her work and her interest in the matters of human existence. Abakanowicz’s works would come in series and be displayed in open spaces the artist herself referred to as ‘spatial experiences’. The majority of her open-air sculptures is displayed outside of Poland, but the most monumental work of this type – the “Nierozpoznani/Unrecognized” (2002), a group of a hundred and twelve cast iron figures – is located in the Cytadela Park in Poznań.
The National Museum in Wrocław has enlarged its collection of fifty-one of Abakanowicz’s works to include new pieces created primarily in the last stage of the artist’s career. Thanks to this invaluable extension, the Magdalena Abakanowicz collection has become not only the largest in the world, but the most representative of the artist’s entire legacy. The collection thoroughly documents Abakanowicz’s artistic endeavors, spanning the period from the artist’s debut to the creation of her masterpieces in the early 21st century. Those include famous abakans – monumental spatial compositions – as well as subsequent exquisite figure-sculptures from the series Tłum/Crowd, Plecy/Backs, and Postaci siedzące/Seated Figures. All these and other unique works such as War Games or Wheel and Rope are on view in the Four Domes Pavillion (Museum of Contemporary Art, branch of the National Museum in Wroclaw) through March 25th. The program includes guided tours by curators, meetings, lectures, and workshops for kids.
Pawilon Czterech Kopuł / The Four Domes Pavillion
Branch of the National Museum in Wrocław
ul. Wystawowa 1
opening hours, tickets, information:
phone: 71 712 71 82
photos: Arkadiusz Podstawka