Magdalena Abakanowicz. ABAKAN RED 1969 1969, sisal weaving on metal support 300 x 300 x 100 cm . Magdalena Abakanowicz (born June 20, 1930, in Falenty , Poland) is a Polish sculptor.
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ABAKAN RED 19691969, sisal weaving on metal support 300 x 300 x 100 cm
Magdalena Abakanowicz (born June 20, 1930, in Falenty, Poland) is a Polish sculptor.
Magdalena Abakanowicz was born in an aristocratic Polish-Russian family on her parent’s estate in Poland. The war broke out when she was nine years old. Then came the revolution imposed by Russia and the forty-five years of Soviet domination.
Magdalena was 12 years old in 1942 when she experianced the war in Poland first hand. “One could only escape from the human cruelty inside oneself (into the world of dreams and imagination)…” Magda remembers starting to work with cloth because it could be folded and stored under the bed.
Magda graduated the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw 1956 and began work at Milanowek as a tie designer in a silk factory.
In her free time she taught herself how to weave. She loved the uneven surface that she was creating on her frame loom.
Magdalena Abakanowicz in Maria Laszkiewicz’s basement, warsaw,1964
“Composition of white Forms” 1961-62
Part of the 1st Lausanne Tapestry Biennial, Switzerland
Magdalena Abakanowicz “Dorota”1964
Magdalena Abakanowicz with students at the University of Poznan, Poland, 1981
ROPE INSTALLATION ON BALTIC DUNE1968
BLACK ENVIRONMENT1970-78, sisal weaving, fifteen pieces each on metal support fifteen pieces, each : 300 x 80 x 80 cm
Magdalena Abakanowicz in front of Bois-le-Due 1970-71 It was the largest of her compostion at the time. 2 X 20 X 2 meters. Like many of her pieces at the time. Some of the segments turn into bronze towards one end and others into red.
SEATED FIGURES1974-79, figures: burlap and resin, pedestal: steel Eighteen pieces, each figure ca. 104 x 51 x 66 cm
“The Session (16 Backs) 1976-77 at the
Moderne de la Ville de Paris
AGORA2005-2006, iron 106 figures 285-295 x 95-100 x 135-145 cm Permanent installation in Grant Park, Chicago