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Alina Szapocznikow

Event, Exhibition (temporary) 20 October 2017 - 4 February 2018
    • This is first UK retrospective of the work of the much-overlooked Polish artist Alina Szapocznikow (1926 - 1973), whose elaborately constructed sculptures remain as powerfully resonant today as when they were first made. Szapocznikow’s career was cut short by her premature death in 1973 at the age 47 but her work has been reappraised internationally in the last decade. A chronological display highlights how the artist’s work developed from classically figurative sculptures to her later “awkward objects” which are politically charged and overlaid with Surrealist and Pop Art influences. The exhibition includes works incorporating Szapocznikow’s characteristic use of cast body parts, many of which she transformed into everyday objects like lamps or ashtrays. It features over 50 works created between 1956 and 1972 including sculpture, drawings, and photography, the exhibition draws on loans from private and public collections, including major institutions in Poland.
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