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Magdalena Abakanowicz
(1930 - 2007)

born in Falenty, Poland - died in Warsaw, Poland 

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.
 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.


1950-1954 Academy of Fine Arts, Warsaw, Poland


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

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