Abakanowicz, Magdalena

BORN 20 Jun 1930, Falenty (now: part of Raszyn) - DIED 20 Apr 2017, Warschau
GRAVE LOCATION Warszawa: Cmentarz Wojskowy na Powazkach, ulica Powazkowska (kwatera B/15 (4/30))

Magdalena Abakanowicz descended of Polish nobility and studied at the School of Fine Arts in Sopot, Poland (1949). In 1956 she started het work as an independent artist and in the sixties she became famous thanks to her large - often woven - structures, named 'abakans' after her. Quantity is an important concept in her work: her sculptures show large groups of people or animals. She creates them in bronze, wood, steel and ceramic. Abakanowicz was a Professor at the Academy of Fine Arts in Poland. She died in 2017.

Works: "Heads" (1975); "Backs" (1976-1980); "Embryology" (1980); "Catharsis" (1986); "Ninety Five Figures from the Crowd of One Thousend and Ninety Five Figures" (2000).


'Figura Prima'.
Picture by Pat/Androom (Jun 1998)


Den Haag Sculptuur 98, Connaissance des Arts, Paris, 1998

Abbott, Richard

Published: 01 Jan 2006
Last update: 26 May 2020