Magdalena Abakanowicz. Metamorphism
The exhibition commemorating the accomplishments of Magdalena Abakanowicz, one of the most important XX-century artists. The goal of the exhibition is to highlight those matters in her artistic output, which most evidently show the revolutionary changes introduced by the artist to the language of art.
The whole world is familiar with her soft, spacial forms known as the ’Abakans’, sculptures made up of pliant matter or bronze, which blend with the landscape. Hardly anyone, however, remembers that the road to these avant-garde pieces began with the artist’s fascination with textile. She gained her worldwide fame and recognition, while operating within the scope of tapestry and textile. Thus, it seems only fitting that the exposition reminding us of the intellectual and creative sources of Abakanowicz’s success, which had such great impact on Poland’s artistic image, is held in the Central Museum of Textiles in Łódź.
The Museum presents structural textiles, the form of which progressively moved towards reliefs with cracks and perforations. These pieces depict the changes and the gradual layering of structures, the formal line of development. The visitors will also have a chance to admire the famous ’Abakans’, which emerged from a series of artistic experiments and bold decisions and became the crowning achievement of the artist’s struggle with matter.
The exhibition not only comprises the works owned by the Central Museum Of Textiles in Łódź, but also those rented from other institutions. The presentation of the works loaned to the Museum thanks to the kindness of the Swiss Toms&Pauli Foundation, will most assuredly be the ultimate revelation of the exposition. Toms&Pauli Foundation is the holder of the documents and works connected to the history of the Lausanne Biennial - the event crucial to the development of contemporary artistic textile in the world. The works owned by the Foundation, which had not previously been shown in Poland, will be presented during the second edition of the exhibition (April 2018). This form of exposition will allow the visitors to fully comprehend the artist's creative way, as the first stage shows the directions of the development of her artistic thought and the path which led to her reaching the revolutionary formal solutions.
Curator: Marta Kowalewska
Exhibition design: Maja Pawlikowska
Visual design of the exhibition: Monika Zawadzki
Project Manager: Agata Połeć