Magdalena Abakanowicz: Every Tangle of Thread And Rope




In the 1960s and 70s, the Polish artist Magdalena Abakanowicz created radical sculptures from woven fibre. They were soft not hard; ambiguous and organic; towering works that hung from the ceiling and pioneered a new form of installation. They became known as the Abakans.

This exhibition presents a rare opportunity to explore this extraordinary body of work. Many of the most significant Abakans will be brought together in a forest-like display in the 64-metre long gallery space of the Blavatnik Building at Tate Modern.

The exhibition explores this transformative period of Abakanowicz’s practice when her woven forms came off the wall and into three-dimensional space. With these works she brought soft, fibrous forms into a new relationship with sculpture. A selection of early textile pieces and her little-known drawings are also on show.

Magdalena Abakanowicz was born in 1930 in Poland and came of age during the Second World War. Living in Poland under the Communist regime, she established a career as an international artist and her work is included in many public and private collections around the world.

Lead image: Magdalena Abakanowicz, Embryology 1978-80, Tate presented anonymously 2009 ©Funacja Marty Magdaleny Abakanowicz Kosmowskiej i Jana Kosmowskiego photo ©Tate

Duration 17 November 2022 - 21 May 2023
Times daily 10.00–18.00
Cost £16
Venue Tate Modern
Address Bankside, London, SE1 9TG
Contact / visiting.modern@tate.org.uk / www.tate.org.uk/

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