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Art From Us MUSEUM GUIDE : Tate Modern : Magdalena Abakanowicz

Today we arrive Tate Modern – Magdalena Abakanowicz, for our weekly Museum Guide excursion, led by Divvya Nirula.

This gallery is another in the display of the Materials and Objects theme at the Tate Modern. Here we see the installation work of Magdalena Abakanowicz. The gallery houses one single work :

1. embryology, 1978 – 1980, by Magdalena Abakanowicz

Image credit for artworks : Tate Modern

Some fun facts about the Museum :

  • Marta Magdalena Abakanowicz -Kosmowska was a Polish sculptor. The artist was trained at the Academy of Fine Arts in Sopot. She is most known for her largescale textile based installations.
  • For the work showcased in this gallery at the Tate, Abakanowicz stuffed and sewed together fabrics such as cotton, hemp and nylon. There are multiple of these cloth-based ‘objects’ in different shapes and sizes strewn across the gallery. They look very much like stuffed burlap sacks. Giving the impression of being extremely heavy, when in fact they are not.
  • The work is representative of the nervous system of humans and animals. As well as of the regenerative capacity of this intricate biological system.
  • The theme and subject matter of the works had preoccupied the artist since the early 70s. At the time, she was in conversation with several Polish scientists, who’s findings eventually informed her work.
  • This specific installation was added to the collection of the Tate in 2009 by an anonymous presenter.

A Final Thought : Magdalena Abakanowicz

The Tate explains Abakanowicz work : The materials and scale of this work exemplify Abakanowicz’s preoccupation with surface, texture and seriality.


Visit Art From Us Archive for Museum Guide collated by Divvya Nirula. Here you shall find more suggestions on where you should visit next. And what you should see there. 

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