Magdalena Abakanowicz 1930 —

Biography

"I feel overwhelmed by quantity where counting no longer makes sense, by unrepeatability within such quantity.  A crowd of people or birds, insect or leaves, is a mysterious assemblage of variants of a certain prototype, a riddle of nature abhorrent to exact repetition or inability to produce it, just as a human hand can not repeat its own gesture".

Magdalena Abakanowicz (For many years Abakanowicz has dealt with the issue of "the countless".)

Abakanowicz changed the meaning of sculpture from an object to look at into space to experience.  Shy by nature and lonely in the creative process, she creates large bronze or stone “spaces to contemplate”, whether with physically large of small objects.  Each of her forms, figurative or non-figurative is rich in its own history.  These ambiguous images shoulder many meanings.

Her present work shows figures walking or standing, together, hesitating, going nowhere.  Seen from the front, their bodies are like wooden trunks cut with an ax to get the general shape.  Yet the figures are shell like: their insides are formed by relief drawings, different for each sculpture.  These figures oblige us to think, like we are being confronted with ourselves.

Magdalena Abakanowicz - Biography

Magdalena Abakanowicz was born in an aristocratic Polish-Russian family on her parent’s estate in Poland. The WW II broke out when she was nine years old. Then came the revolution imposed by Russia and forty-five years of Soviet domination followed.  Poland was a politically volatile country where instability was a permanent state. She has learned to escape to her corner, to make the best of things, to use whatever was viable and even to make gigantic works in a tiny studio. Her art has always addressed the problems of dignity and courage. This dignity, resistance and will of survival, conceal her individual personal affinities to the culture of Poland, the country where she has grown up, to this country’s political situation, and to the realities of existence of an artist, an intellectual.

The metaphoric language of her work has achieved a point of junction, which still is a challenge for mankind, for all its sophisticated civilisation. This is the point where the organic meets the non - organic, where the still alive meets that which is already dead, where all that exist in oppression meet all that strive for liberation in every meaning of this word. With forty years of work behind her one can see her development like a map unfolded on the table.

On this map the human figure belongs to a vast territory inhabited by crowds and flocks of headless figures. The idea of a crowd has many reverberations in her mind. One of them is the transformation of an individual into a cog. Abakanowicz says: "I immerse in the crowd, like a grain of sand in the friable sands. I am fading among the anonymity of glances, movements, smells, in the common absorption of air, in the common pulsation of juices under the skin...” The entire population of her figures is enough to fill a large public square. They are today over thousand but they have never been seen together. They remain in various museums, public and private collections in different parts of the world. They constitute a warning, a lasting anxiety.

Very few images in contemporary art are as emotive and as disturbing. She started with soft and pliable objects that were rough to the touch. First came the ‘Abakans’ (1966-75), so-called after her own name. These enormous three-dimensional hanging structures, woven form a variety of fibres. Michael Brenson has referred to as not only objects but also spaces. To enter the ‘Abakans’ and to remain inside them is to allow the sensation of interiority to become a condition.

Other soft works included ‘Embryology’ – a sequence of some 800 stuffed potato-shaped forms of varying sizes, covered with sacking and occasionally spilling their innards.

Shy by nature and lonely in the creative process, she has made her contact with people through over one hundred personal exhibitions, which she arranged herself as "still ceremony" hidden behind which she felt secure. She went on to receive large outdoor commissions in Italy, Japan, S.Korea, Israel, Lithuania and other countries she built out of bronze or stone large "spaces to contemplate", where the tension of space invited the viewer to go between the forms of petrified energy. Each of her forms figurative or non - figurative is rich in its own history. Abakanowicz changed the meaning of sculpture, from object to look at, into space to experience.

Abakanowicz, creates ambiguous images with many meanings. Some are concealed, some combined with others. These are what every viewer must find for him or herself. To reveal them all would be to tell the reader how a film ends.

In 1965, Abakanowicz became a member of Z.A.I.K.S.—the Union of Polish Artists, Writers and Composers. She also obtained a position as an instructor at the National College of Fine Art in Poznah. She rose to the level of associate professor in 1974, and full professor in 1979. She remained until 1990, when she retired from teaching to devote her full energy to her own work.

There are four important books about Abakanowicz: 1982 by Jasia Reichardt, Abbeville Press; 1994, by Barbara Rose, H.N.Abrams; 1995 by Michael Brenson and Magdalena Abakanowicz, Center for Contemporary Art, Warsaw; 1996, by Jasia Reichardt, Yorkshire Sculpture Park.

Magdalena Abakanowicz – Works in Public Collections

Selected Museums  and Private Collections include:  Australian National Gallery of Art, Canberra, Australia ; Caracas Museum of Modern Art, Caracas, Venezuela ; Center for Contemporary Art, Warsaw, Poland ; Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France ; Citadel Park, Poznan, Poland ; Chicago Grant Park, Chicago, USA ; Des Moines Art Center, Des Moines, Iowa, USA ; Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA ; Giuliano Gori, "Spazi d'Arte", Fattoria di Celle, Italy ; Ground for Sculpture, Hamilton, New Jersey, USA ; Hakone Open Air Museum, Japan ; HessCollection, Napa Valley, California, USA ; Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art, Hiroshima, Japan ; Hirshhorn Museum, Washington, D.C., USA ; Israel Museum, Jerusalem, Israel ; Jardin des Tuileries, Paris, France ; Kunstindustrimuseet, Oslo, Norway ; Kyoto National Museum of Modern Art, Japan ; Los Angeles County Museum, Los Angeles, California, USA ; Ludwig Museum, Koln, Germany ; Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, USA ; Musee d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, France ; Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, USA ; Museum of Contemporary Crafts, New York, USA ; Museum of Modern Art, New York, USA ; Muzeum Narodowe, Warsaw, Poland ; Muzeum Narodowe, Wroclaw, Poland ; Muzeum Sztuki, Lodz, Poland ;Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid, Spain ;Museo Rufino Tamayo, Mexico City, Mexico ;Museum of Modern Art, Shiga, Japan ;Museum Wurth, Kunzelsau, Germany ;Nagoya City Art Museum, Nagoya, Japan ;Nasher Sculpture Center, Dallas, Texas, USA ;National Museum of Modern Art, Pusan, South Korea ;National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C. ;National Museum of Contemporary Art, Seoul, South Korea ; National Museum, Stockholm, Sweden ;Neanderthal Museum, Mettmann, Germany ;Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, Missouri, USA ;Phoenix Art Museum Sculpture Garden, Phoenix, USA ;Portland Art Museum, Portland, Oregon, USA ;Princeton University Art Museum, Princeton, New Jersey, USA ;Provinciehuis, s-Hertogenbosch, Holland ;Runnymede Sculpture Farm, California, USA ;Seoul Olympic Park, Seoul, South Korea ;Sezon Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo, Japan ;Sonja Henies Niels Onstads Stiftelser, Kunstsenter Hovikodden, Norway ;Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, Holland ;Storm King Art Center, USA ;Sun Jeu Museum, South Korea ;Toledo Art Museum, Toledo, Ohio, USA ;Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, USA ;Western Washington University, Bellingham, USA
Wilhelm Lehmbruck Museum, Duisburg, Germany ;Woman's Club of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, USA ;Virginia Museum of Fine Art, Richmond, Virginia, USA

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Biography


She has been Professor at the Academy of Fine Arts, Poznan, Poland (1965 - 1990) and Visiting Professor at the U.C.L.A. (1984). Magdalena Abakanowicz lives and works in Warsaw.


1930

Born in Falenty, Poland


1950/54

Studies at the Academy of Fine Arts, Warsaw, Poland.

1954/60

Paints series of large gouaches on paper and canvas.

1960s

Creates monumental three-dimensional forms called "Abakans", made out of materials woven by herself in her own technique.

1970s

Changes scale and material. Creates huge cycles of figurative and non-figurative sculptures made out of burlap and resins, called "Alterations".

1980s

Creates series of monumental sculptures using bronze, stone, wood and iron. Installs
permanent outdoor "spaces to experience" in Italy, Israel, S.Korea, Germany and America.

1990/91

Upon the invitation of the Paris authorities concerning the enlargement of the Great Axis of Paris, she designs Arboreal Architecture, her concept of a modern, ecological city, in which buildings organic in shape, are vertical gardens. Creates "Bronze Crowd", group of 36 figures.

1992/93

Continues to work on "War Games" - huge tree trunks armed with steel. Begins the cycle of "Hand-like Trees" - vertical bronze forms.

1994/97

Designs and choreographs dances deriving from her sculptures, performed by "Asbestos", the Japanese Butoh dance group. Creates "Hurma", 150 children figures and "Backward Standing", 60 figures of adults. Creates cycles of monumental metaphoric bronze heads, animals and birds follows.

1998/99

Creates huge oval forms out of concrete -"The Space of Unknown Growth"- in Europe Parkas, Lithuania. Creates first groups of "walking figures" out of burlap, then also out of bronze.

2000

Creates a bronze "Crowd of 95 Figures" standing and walking.

2001

Creates two big groups of walking figures. Installs compositions of six birds out of aluminum

2002

Installs "Unrecognised" - 112 iron cast figures larger than human size, as a permanent display in the Citadel Park in Poznan, Poland.

2003

Inauguration of "Space of Stone", 22 granite blocks, installed permanently in a specially prepared space at Grounds For Sculpture, Hamilton, New Jersey. At the same time the "Open Air Aquarium", 30 stainless steel welded fish on the riverfront in Philadelphia, is inaugurated.

2003/04

The group of "20 Big Figures" (260 cm = 8'8'') is being permanently installed in front of the Princeton University Art Museum, USA.

2006

November: Installation of "Agora" - a large permanent project for Chicago Grant Park consisting of 106 iron cast figures, each about 9 feet tall. The largest figurative sculpture of our time.


Solo Exhibitions

1962

Gallery Kordegarda, Warsaw, Poland

1965

Gallery Zacheta, Warsaw, Poland

1967

Kunstindustrimuseet, Oslo, Norway, travelled in Norway to: Kunstforening - Trondheim; Stavanger Kunstforening and Kunstindustrimuseum, Bergen.

1968

Stedelijk van Abbemuseum, Einhoven, The Netherlands Frans Halsmuseum, Harlem, Holland Helmhaus, Zurich, Switzerland

1969

Stedelijk Museum, Schiedam, The Netherlands Gallery Alice Pauli, Lausanne Kunsthalle, Manheim, Germany Stedelijk Museum, Arnhem, Holland

1970

National Museum, Stockholm, Sweden

1971

Pasadena Art Museum, Los Angeles, California

1972

Dusseldorf Kunsthalle, Germany

1974

Muzeum Sztuki, Lodz, Poland

1975

Whitechapel Art Gallery London, England Gallery "Zacheta", Warsaw, Poland

1976

Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, travelled to: National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, Australia

1977

Malmo Kunsthall, Sweden Sonia Hennies Kunstsenter, Oslo, Norway

1980

Venice Biennial, Polish Pavilion, Venice, Italy

1982

Musee d«Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, France

1982/84

Retrospective organised by the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL., Travelling exhibition in the United States and Canada; Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL., Musee d' Art Contemporain, Montreal, Canada; National Academy of Sciences, Washington,D.C.; DeCordova Museum, Lincoln, Massachusets; Dallas Museum of Fine Arts, Dallas,Texas; Portland Art Museum & Portland Center for the Visual Arts, Portland; Visual Arts Center of Alaska, Anchorage; Frederick S. Wight Art Gallery of the University of California, Los Angeles


1985

Galerie Alice Pauli, Lausanne, Switzerland, Xavier Fourcade Inc., New York,

1986

Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond,Virginia

1988

Mucsarnok Palace of Exhibitions, Budapest, Hungary Laumeier Sculpture Park, Saint Louis, Missouri, U.S.A.

1989

Stadtische Galerie im Stadelschen Kunstinstitut, Frankfurt a/M, Germany Marlborough Gallery, New York

1990

Galerie Pels-Leusden, West Berlin, Germany Richard Gray Gallery, Chicago,USA Marlborough Fine Art, London

1991

Retrospective travelling exhibition in Japan: Sezon Museum of Art,Tokyo; The Museum of Modern Art, Shiga; Art Tower, Mito; Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art Muzeum Sztuki, Lodz, Poland

1992

The Nelson - Atkins Museum of Art,Kansas City, Missouri, U.S.A. Marlborough Gallery, New York Walker Art Center-Sculpture Garden , Minneapolis, U.S.A.

1993

Biuro Wystaw Artystycznych, Kraków, Poland, The Institute for Contemporary Art P.S.1 Museum, New York Marlborough Gallery Inc., New York , Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design, The Daphne Farago Wing, Palmer Museum of Art, The Pennsylvania State University,

1994

Galeria Kordegarda, Warszawa, Polska ( also travelled to Muzeum Sztuki, Lodz, Poland)
Galeria Marlborough S.A., Madrid Fundacio Pilar i Joan Miro a Mallorca , Palma de Mallorca, Spain

1995

Els Jardins de Can Altamira Barcelona, Spain Centre of Polish Sculpture, Oronsko, Poland Ujazdowski Castle, The Centre for Contemporary Art, Warsaw, Yorkshire Sculpture Park, England

1996

Galerie Marwan Hoss, Paris,France Oriel Mostyn Gallery, North Wales, Charlottenborg Exhibition Hall, Copenhagen, Denmark; travelled to Kulturhuset Stockholm, Stockholm

1996/97

Display of the Hand like Trees, Doris Freedman Plaza, New York, Manhattan

1997

Marlborough Gallery, New York , Miami Art Museum, Miami, Florida

1998

Starmach Gallery, Kraków, Poland

1999

Abakanowicz on the Roof , Metropolitan Museum of Art , New York, NY Les Jardins du Palais Royal, Paris,France , Basel Art Fair, Basel, Switzerland , Marlborough Gallery, New York

2000

Giuliano Gori collection, Italy, Marlborough, New York, USA, Galeria Kordegarda, Warsaw, Poland

2001

Grant - Selwyn Fine Arts, Los Angeles, USA Abakanowicz at Three Rivers Arts Festival, Pittsburgh, USA Gerald Peters Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA Kunst - Station, Sankt Peter, Cologne, Germany Pillsbury and Peters Fine Art, Dallas, Texas, USA The William Benton Museum of Art, University of Connecticut, USA

2003

MART, Museo di Arte Moderna e Contemporanea, Trento, Rovereto, Italy Dancing Figures, Marlborough Fine Art, London, England Tanzende und Schreitende, Beck & Eggeling, International Fine Art, Dusseldorf, Germany MacLaren Art Centre, Barrie, Ontario, Canada Landesmuseum Schloss Gottorf, Germany Museum Beelden aan Zee, Haag, Holland Museum of Art, Lucerne, Switzerland Marlborough Gallery, New York

2004

Hurma, Chapelle Saint-Louis de la Salpetriere, Paris; Espace d'Art Contemporain Andre Malraux, Colmar, France Mutation and Cristallization, Savannah College of Art and Design, Savannah, Georgia, USA Taguchi Fine Art, Tokyo, Japan Museum Franz Gertsch, Burgdorf, German

2005

La Foule V, Galerie Saint Severin, Paris, France Stadtkirche Darmstadt, Darmstadt, Germany Marlborough Gallery, New York, USA

Permanent Outdoor Installations

1965

"Standing Shape", steel, Elblag City, Poland. Created 1965.

1985

"Katarsis", 33 figures, bronze, Spazi d'Arte, Giuliano Gori collection, Italy. Created 1985.

1987

"Negev", 7 discs lime stone, Israel Museum, Jerusalem. Created 1987.

1988

"Space of Dragon", 10 metaphoric animal heads, bronze, Olympic Park, Seoul, S.Korea. Created 1985.

1990

"Neun Figuren Raum", bronze, Wilhelm Lehmbruck Museum, Duisburg, Germany. Created 1990.

1991

Four sculptures from the cycle "Sagacious Heads", bronze, John Kluge collection, Charlottesville, Virginia. Created 1989.

1992

"Sagacious Head" with "Standing Figure", bronze, Nagoya City Art Museum, Japan. Created 1989.
"Sagacious Heads", two sculptures from the cycle, bronze, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, USA. Created 1989. 

1993

"Hand -like Trees", 5 sculptures, bronze, Runnymede Sculptur Farm, Woodside, California, USA. Created 1992.
"Space of Becalmed Beings", group of 40 figures, bronze, Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art, Japan. Created 1993.
"One of the Crowd"", bronze, Hakone Open Air Museum, Japan. Created 1993. 

1994

"Sarcophagi in Glass Houses", 4 forms, wood, metal glass, Storm King Art Center, Mountainville, NY, USA. Created 1983-99.
"Manus", from the cycle "Hand - like Trees", bronze, Western Washington University Bellingham. Created 1994.
"Magnus", from the cycle "Hand - like Trees", bronze, Spazi d' Arte, Giuliano Gori collection, Italy. Created 1994. 

1995

"Bronze Crowd", 36 bronze figures, The Nasher Collection, Dallas, Texas, USA. Created 1990/91.

1997

"Cecyna", from the cycle "Hand - like Trees", bronze, Ground for Sculpture, Hamilton, New Jersey, USA. Created 1994.

1997/98

"Space of Unknown Growth", 22 forms of different size, concrete, collection of Europos Parkas, Lithuania. Created 1997/98.

1998

"Fish", bronze, Metropolitano Orient Station, Lisboa, Portugal. Created 1997/98.

1999

"30 Bronze Standing Figures", Nelson - Atkins Museum, Kansas City, Missouri USA. Created 1994/98/99.
"Camminando", 20 walking figures, bronze, private collection Napa Valley, California, USA. Created 1998/99.
"Figura Prima", from the cycle "Hand - like Trees", bronze, University of Cincinnati, Ohio, USA. Created 1995.
"Puellae", group of 30 figures, bronze, National Gallery of Art, Sculpture Garden, Washington DC, USA. Created 1992. 

2000

"Figura Rompa"", from the cycle "Hand - like Trees", bronze, Biarritz, France. Created 1995.
"Manus Ultimus", from the cycle "Hand -like Trees", bronze, Jardin des Tuileries, Paris, France. Created 1998/99
"Black Crowd", 20 figures, bronze, Museum Wurth, Kunzelsau, Germany. Created 2000
"Figura Ultima", from the cycle "Hand-like Trees", bronze, Museum Wurth, Kunzelsau, Germany. Created 1995
"Figure on Trunk", bronze, Metropolitan Museum, New York, NY. Created 1998/2000
"Figure on Trunk", bronze, Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA.Created 2000
"Figure on Beam with Wheels", bronze, Toledo Art Museum, Toledo, Ohio, USA
"Figure on Trunk with Wheels", bronze, two versions: "Large Figure on Trunk with Wheels" "Slim Figure on Trunk with Wheels", both in Spazi d'Arte, Giuliano Gori collection, Italy. Created 1998/2000.

2001

"Birds of Knowledge of Good and Evil", 6 sculptures, aluminium, Woman's Club of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, USA. Created 2001
"Mutants", 6 sculptures, stainless steel, collection of Artist's Garden, Warsaw, Poland. Created 2001/ 2002
"Mutant", stainless steel, Neanderthal Museum, Mettmann, Germany. Created 2001

2002

"Hand-like Trees", 4 sculptures, bronze, Civic and Cultural Center of Brea. Created 1994/1995
"Unrecognised", 112 iron figures, Cytadel Park, Poznan, Poland. Created 2001/2002

2003

"Open Air Aquarium", 30 stainless steel fish, Philadelphia,USA. Created 2002
"Space of Stone", 22 granite stones, Ground for Sculpture, Hamilton, New Jersey, USA.Created 2001/ 2002


2004

"Big Figures", 20 bronze figures, Princeton University, Princeton, USA. Created 2001/2004


2005

"Camminando-Peripatein", 20 walking, figures, bronze, private collection in Napa Valley, California, USA
"Five Running", bronze, Phoenix Art Museum Sculpture Garden, Phoenix, USA

2006

20 Vancouver Walking Figures, iron cast figures, Vancouver, Canada
"Agora", 106 iron cast figures, Chicago Grant Park, Chicago, USA (inauguration in November, 2006)

Selected Museums and Private Collections


Australian National Gallery of Art, Canberra, Australia
Caracas Museum of Modern Art, Caracas, Venezuela
Center for Contemporary Art, Warsaw, Poland
Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France
Citadel Park, Poznan, Poland
Chicago Grant Park, Chicago, USA
Des Moines Art Center, Des Moines, Iowa, USA
Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA
Giuliano Gori, "Spazi d'Arte", Fattoria di Celle, Italy
Ground for Sculpture, Hamilton, New Jersey, USA
Hakone Open Air Museum, Japan
Hess Collection, Napa Valley, California, USA
Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art, Hiroshima, Japan
Hirshhorn Museum, Washington, D.C., USA
Israel Museum, Jerusalem, Israel
Jardin des Tuileries, Paris, France
Kunstindustrimuseet, Oslo, Norway
Kyoto National Museum of Modern Art, Japan
Los Angeles County Museum, Los Angeles, California, USA
Ludwig Museum, Koln, Germany
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, USA
Musee d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, France
Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, USA
Museum of Contemporary Crafts, New York, USA
Museum of Modern Art, New York, USA
Muzeum Narodowe, Warsaw, Poland
Muzeum Narodowe, Wroclaw, Poland
Muzeum Sztuki, Lodz, Poland
Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid, Spain
Museo Rufino Tamayo, Mexico City, Mexico
Museum of Modern Art, Shiga, Japan
Museum Wurth, Kunzelsau, Germany
Nagoya City Art Museum, Nagoya, Japan
Nasher Sculpture Center, Dallas, Texas, USA
National Museum of Modern Art, Pusan, South Korea
National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.
National Museum of Contemporary Art, Seoul, South Korea
National Museum, Stockholm, Sweden
Neanderthal Museum, Mettmann, Germany
Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, Missouri, USA
Phoenix Art Museum Sculpture Garden, Phoenix, USA
Portland Art Museum, Portland, Oregon, USA
Princeton University Art Museum, Princeton, New Jersey, USA
Provinciehuis, s-Hertogenbosch, Holland
Runnymede Sculpture Farm, California, USA
Seoul Olympic Park, Seoul, South Korea
Sezon Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo, Japan
Sonja Henies Niels Onstads Stiftelser, Kunstsenter Hovikodden, Norway
Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, Holland
Storm King Art Center, USA
Sun Jeu Museum, South Korea
Toledo Art Museum, Toledo, Ohio, USA
Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, USA
Western Washington University, Bellingham, USA
Wilhelm Lehmbruck Museum, Duisburg, Germany
Woman's Club of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, USA
Virginia Museum of Fine Art, Richmond, Virginia, USA


Selected Group Exhibitions and Biennals

1962/76

Biennale Internationale de la Tapisserie Lausanne, Switzerland


1965

VII Biennale de Sao Paulo, Brasil.

1968

XXXIV Biennale Internationale de Arte di Venezia, Italy

1969

"Wall Hangings ", The Museum of Modern Art, New York, USA

1976

"Fiber Works Europe and Japan", Kyoto National Museum of Modern Art
National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo, Japan

1980

"Biennale Venezia 1980", Polish Pavilion 1982, Italy
"Kunst Wird Material", Nationalgalerie, West Berlin, Germany

1983

International Open Air Sculpture Biennal, Antverpen, Belgium

1984

"An International Survey of Recent Painting and Sculpture", The Museum of Modern Art, New York, USA

1985

Biennale International de la Tapisserie, Lausanne, Switzerland

1986

The Sixth Biennale of Sydney, Australia

1987

"The Avant -Garde in the Eighties", Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, USA
"Olympiad of Art ", Olympic Park, Seoul, South Korea

1992

"...Reperti...: Environment through the eyes of 18 of the worlds major artists" Museu Nacional de Belas Artes Rio de Janeiro, Brasil

1993

The Fujisankei Biennale, International Exhibition for Contemporary Sculpture, Japan

1994

"Europa, Europa" das Jahrhundert der Avantgarde in Mittel -und Osteuropa" Kunsthalle, Bonn, Germany
"Itinere - Camino e Caminantes", Centro Galego de Arte Contemporanea, Santiago de Compostela, Spain
Itinere - Camino E Caminantes, Santiago de Compostela, Spain

1995

Biennale di Venezia, Italy
"After Auschwitz", Royal Festival Hall, London, England
"Unser Jahrhundert - Our Century", Museum Ludwig, Koln, Germany
"After Hiroshima", Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art, Japan

1996

"Les Champs de la Sculpture", Paris, France
"Horizons" Sonje Museum of Contemporary Art, Seoul, South Korea

1997

"Summer 1997 Exhibition", Grounds for Sculpture, Hamilton, New Jersey, USA
Luxembourg Ville de la Sculpture", Luxembourg
"47 Biennale d'arte di Venezia", upon the invitation of the major of Venice, installs Hand-like Trees on Via Sciavone, Italy
"A Century of Sculpture - The Nasher Collection", Guggenheim Museum, New York, USA
"Human /Nature", Spoleto Festival, Charlston, South Carolina, USA
Inauguration of the Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao, Spain
"Koln Skulptur 1", Sculpture Park, Koln, Germany

1999

"To the rescue, Eight Artists in an Archive", American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee, New York, USA
Art Cologne, Internationaler Kunstmarkt, Germany

2000

L'autre moitié de l'Europe , Gallerie Nationale du Jeu de Paume, Paris, France
"L' Homme qui Marche", Les Jardins du Palais Royale, Paris, France
"Verteidigung der Moderne Positionen der Polnischen Kunst nach 1945", Museum Wurth, Kunzelsau, Germany

2001

Animal Sculptures of the 20th Century, Fukushima Prefectural Museum of Art, Kirishima Open-Air Museum, Yamanashi Prefectural Museum of Art, Mie Prefectural Museum, Japan
Europalia 2001, Musee d'Art Moderne et d'Art Contemporain, Liege, France
Den Haag Sculptuur, "Carnaval des Animaux", Hague, Holland

2002

La Parade des Animaux, Monte Carlo, Monaco
"Les Jeux dans l'Art du XXeme siecle", Biarritz, France
"Los Juegos en el Arte del siglo XX", Zaragozza, Spain
OPEN2002 International Exhibition of Sculptures and Installations, Venice Lido, Italy

2003

"me&more", Kunstmuzeum Luzern, Switzerland
"From Picasso to Warhol: master prints 1964 ¬ 2003", The Center for Contemporary Art, Warsaw, Poland

2004

"Monochromos de Malevich al presente", Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid, Spain

2005

Blickachsen V, Fondation Beyeler in Reihen/Basel, Galerie Scheffel, Bad Homburg, Germany


Selected Doctorates and Honors

1974 Received honoris causa doctorate from the Royal College of Art, London, England
1992 Received honoris causa doctorate from the Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, Rhode Island, USA
1998 Received honoris causa doctorate from the Academy of Fine Arts, Lodz, Poland
2000 Received an honorary Doctor of Fine Arts degree, Pratt Institute, New York
2001 Received honoris causa doctorate from the Massachusetts College of Art, Boston, U.S.A.
2002 Received honoris causa doctorate from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, USA
2002 Received honoris causa doctorate from the Academy of Fine Arts in Poznan, Poland
1994 Elected honorary member of the Akademie der Kunste, Berlin
1996 Elected honorary member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, N.Y., U.S.A.
1998 Elected honorary member of the Sachsische Akademie der Kunste, Dresden, Germany
2000 Orden Pour le merite fur Wissenschaften und Kunste, Berlin, Germany

Selected Awards and Prizes

1965 Grand Prix of Sao Paolo Biennale, Sao Paolo, Brazil
1979 Gottfried von Herder Prize, Vienna, Austria
1982 Alfred Jurzykowski Prize, New York
1993 Award for Distinction in Sculpture, granted by the Sculpture Center, New York
1997 Leonardo da Vinci World Award of Arts, Mexico
1998 Commander Cross with Star of the Order of Polonia Restituta
1999 Officier de L' Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, Paris, France
2000 Cavaliere nell Ordine Al Merito della Repubblica Italiana
2000 Visionaries! Award granted by American Craft Museum
2005 Award for the entire Creative Activity granted by the Polish Minister of Culture Lifetime Achievement Award bestowed by the International Sculpture Center in New York

 

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4.15.2017
Metropolitan Museum of Art Annual costume Institute Gala and exhibition opening will be May 1, 2017
2.11.2017
Turner's Modern and Ancient Ports: Passages through Time February 23, 2017 to May 14, 2017 - Frick Museum
2.11.2017
'The Mysterious Landscapes of Hercules Segers' Review: Etchings With a Painterly Touch. Wall Street Journal.
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