Portrait of Polish artist Magdalena Abakanowicz who is exhibiting her sculptures at the museum of Modern Art.
Born in 1930 near Warsaw, Magdalena Abakanowicz sculpts and paints the human condition and its fragility, by a monumental series that develops the theme of the container. The anonymous carnal container in series likeAltérations(1974-1975) arranging hollowed human silhouettes, orRagazzi(1990), removed "skins" of young boys. Invertebrate containers in theAbakanesthat would secure global success in the 1960s. Derived from her family name, these suspended supple shapes evoke immense chrysalis' that could release monstrous butterflies. Developed in black, brown, red, the author speaks of them as "magic, complicated, enormous shapes".
Magdalena Abakanowicz's dark vision is that of an artist who grew up during the war in a country invaded by Nazis who created the biggest Jewish ghetto there, a symbol of the dehumanisation of the contemporary world. The vision of an artist who, after studying at the Academy of fine arts in Warsaw, had to create in the controlled and severe environment of the Communist regime.