Wexner Center for the Arts announces Alina Szapocznikow. Sculpture Undone, 1955–1972

The Wexner Center for the Arts in Columbus, OH announces Alina Szapocznikow. Sculpture Undone, 1955–1972, an exhibition on view May 19–August 5, 2012.

Alina Szapocznikow, “Petit dessert I” (Small Dessert I), 1970–71. Kravis Collection. © The Estate of Alina Szapocznikow/Piotr Stanislawski.

Alina Szapocznikow: Sculpture Undone, 1955‒1972, featuring roughly 100 works by the late Polish artist, is one of the first large-scale surveys of her work outside of Poland. From 1955 to just before her untimely death in 1973 at the age of 47, Szapocznikow investigated a wide range of sculptural approaches. The years explored in this exhibition (1955–1972) are regarded as her experimental period, characterized by a pioneering use of non-traditional materials and forms that encapsulate a wealth of subject matter. The survey includes Szapocznikow’s mixed-media sculptures (made from such materials as polyester resin and polyurethane foam), as well as photographs, watercolors, drawings, and archival and documentary material. At once vulnerable, sexualized, and witty, the works in the exhibition are imbued with the idea of the imprint—not only of the physical body in art objects, but of memory upon those very objects. Her work is positioned between surrealism, nouveau réalisme, and pop art, with pieces ranging from sculptures that incorporate photographs to tinted polyester casts of her lips and breasts transformed into quotidian objects such as lamps or ashtrays.

This exhibition was curated by Elena Filipovic and Joanna Mytkowska and organized by the WIELS Contemporary Art Centre in Brussels and the Museum of Modern Art, Warsaw, in collaboration with The Museum of Modern Art, New York, and the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles. It opened at WIELS (September 10, 2011–January 8, 2012) and went on to the Hammer Museum before stopping at the Wexner Center. After its Columbus run, Sculpture Undone will travel to The Museum of Modern Art in New York, where it is on view October 7, 2012–January 28, 2013. A fully illustrated catalogue accompanies the exhibition.

Wexner Center for the Arts
The Ohio State University, Columbus
1871 N. High St.
Columbus, OH 43210
T 614-292-3535
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