Alina Szapocznikow. Sculpture Undone 1955-1972
WIELS Contemporary Art Center, Brussel
The exhibition entitled “Alina Szapocznikow. Sculpture Undone 1955-197”2 in the WIELS Contemporary Art Center in Brussels is the first one outside Poland which presents the artworks of this remarkable sculptor so extensively.
The exhibition shows works from the later and more experimental period of her artistic activity, which was ended by her premature death in 1973. Its leitmotif is Szapocznikow’s readiness to take artistic risks.
Alina Szapocznikow was a pioneer in many aspects of her activity. She created a very original language of forms and a separate story, manifested by the highly sensual, provocative objects, placing themselves in the hardly definable space between surrealism, new realism and pop art. Polyester casts of parts of the body turned into objects of everyday use such as lamps, ashtrays or sculptural collages with family photographs submerged in them – caused Alina Szapocznikow to be recognized as a precursor of feminist art and the conceptual approach to sculpture.