Magdalena Abakanowicz

Magdalena Abakanowicz was born in Falenty, Poland, in 1930 and died in 2017 in Warsaw, Poland. Magdalena Abakanowicz’s work signalled a break with the past following her experience of the brutality and the social and political conflicts of post-war Poland. From the early 1960s, she revolutionised textile sculpture with her handmade works in wool, hemp, linen and sisal. She eschewed decorative tapestry-making and instead came up with billowing three-dimensional shapes that embodied complex and contradictory interchanges. Along with Sheila Hicks and Geta Brătescu, Abakanowicz was one of the most famous “fibre artists” who further cultivated the radical developments elaborated by the German-American artist Anni Albers.

Her work was included in the exhibition 'Untitled, 2020' (2020) at Punta della Dogana.