June 20 1930 - present
Photograph of Magdalena Abakanowicz, courtesy of the artist. (c) A. Starewicz
Place of Birth:
Architecture, Painting, Sculpture, Textiles and clothing
Architect, Painter, Sculptor, Weaver
Perhaps at that time in Paradise while eating the forbidden apple they lost the balance proper to nature—as one can loose the sense of smell or eyesight. And perhaps in the same moment they acquired the instinct of destruction of themselves and the surrounding world. Was there a mistake in the unfailing logic of nature, or an act of will of an unknown power?
Statement courtesy of Magdalena Abakanowicz
Place(s) of Residence:
Academy of Fine Arts, Warsaw, Poland (1950-1954)
Related Visual Artists:
friend of Henryk Stazewski
friend of Maria Laskiewicz
Fellowships, grants and awards:
Lifetime Achievement in Contemporary Sculpture, International Sculpture Center, Hamilton, NJ, USA (2005)
Visionaries! Award, American Craft Museum, New York, NY, USA (2000)
Award for Distinction in Sculpture, The Sculpture Center, Cleveland, OH, USA (1998)
Tapisseries, Magdalena Abakanowicz Pologne, Galerie Dautzenberg, Paris, France (1962)
Voices of Freedom: Polish Women Artists and The Avant-Garde, 1880-1990
WACK! Art and the Feminist Revolution
Magdalena Abakanowicz: Memory, Silence, Life, Sezon Museum of Art, Karuizawa, Japan (1991)
Magdalena Abakanowicz: Retrospective Exhibition, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL, USA (1982-1984)
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