Alina Szapocznikow. Sculpture Undone, 1955 - 1972
10 September 2011 – 8 January 2012
WIELS Contemporary Art Centre, Brussels
The Alina Szapocznikow. Sculpture Undone exhibition at WIELS Contemporary Art Centre is the first extensive presentation of the works by the outstanding artist outside Poland. It focuses on the most experimental, late period of Szapocznikow’s work before her untimely death in 1973.
Alina Szapocznikow was closely tied with Muzeum Sztuki in Łódź since the beginning of the career. The Museum’s collection includes 15 sculptures and 3 drawings she created. Her works were being purchased by Ryszard Stanisławski, the institution’s director at the time. Alina Szapocznikow’s works have been permanently exhibited at Muzeum Sztuki since the 1960s.
The main theme of Alina Szapocznikow. Sculpture Undone is the artist’s readiness to take artistic risk. In may aspects of her creativity, Alina Szapocznikow was a trailblazer. She created a very individual language of form and a unique story that are manifested in provocative objects imbued with sensuousness, which take the uneasily defined area between Surrealism, Nouveau Réalisme, and Pop Art. The polyester casts of body parts turned into functional items such as lamps and ashtrays, or sculpture-collages with family photos embedded in them – these are the works that made critics dub Alina Szapocznikow the forerunner of feminist art and of conceptual approach to sculpture.
Curators: Elena Filipovic and Joanna Mytkowska
Curatorial cooperation: Marta Dziewańska
Alina Szapocznikow: Sculpture Undone was organized by WIELS Contemporary Art Centre, Brussels, and the Museum of Modern Art, Warsaw in collaboration with The Museum of Modern Art, New York and the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles. Travelling to the Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus, Ohio.
The WIELS exhibition is presented in the framework of I, CULTURE, the International Cultural Programme of the Polish EU Presidency. The partners of the exhibition include: Cultural Service of the Polish Embassy in Belgium, BNP Paribas.
A part of the exhibited works comes from the Collection of 20th and 21st Century Art of Muzeum Sztuki in Łódź.
The exhibition will also be presented at the New York Museum of Modern Art (MoMA).
The above information has been compiled using the WIELS press releases.