Maria Bartuszová

Born in 1936 in Prague (Czech Republic) and passed away in 1996 in Kosice (Slovakia), Maria Baruszová was an emblematic figure in Central European sculpture in the second half of the 20th century. Her first sculptures were produced using materials such as plaster, bronze and aluminium. The sculptures invite the viewer to touch them; they have echoes of both the maternal and the erotic, and yet also form part of spiritual exploration. From 1979, Bartuszová began to include natural elements, such as branches, stones or sand, in the surface of her plaster sculptures. These pure white works, with their air of fragility and impermanence, attained a metaphysical dimension that