Magdalena Abakanowicz

5/06/2010 08:21:00 PM ·

Magdalena Abakanowicz is a female Polish artist who may have been one of the most influential female artists of the 20th century. Her work is reminiscent of a communist regime in which her creativity was hampered by the need for a collective approach to modern life

At first glance, you can see that the human forms have been crafted out of bronze and have been positioned in almost a careless way. They reflect life in the modern world, in which, hectic lives combined with complete oblivion form to create controlled chaos.


 ("The Unrecognised Ones") (2002) in the Cytadela park, Poznań, Poland (whole installation)

At the Academy of Fine Arts in Łódź, Magdalena Abakanowicz said:

“In consequence, the expression of art saturated with history, deformed by modernity, diverging from the direction of art in the free world. Perhaps the experience of the crowd, waiting passively in line, but ready to trample, destroy or adore on command like a headless creature, became the core of my analysis. And maybe it was a fascination with the scale of the human body. Or a desire to determine the minimal amount necessary to express the whole.”

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