Magdalena Abakanowicz

Every Tangle Of Thread and Rope

Abakanowicz Brun jakke Foto Øystein Thorvaldsen

Magdalena Abakanowicz, Brown coat, 1968. Photo: Øystein Thorvaldsen / Henie Onstad Kunstsenter

In the 1960s and 1970s, the Polish artist Magdalena Abakanowicz (1930–2017) created radical sculptures from woven fibre.

Date Place
Main Gallery

The sculptures were soft, ambiguous, organic, towering works that were hung from the ceiling and ground-breaking as they created a new form of installation. The works would eventually become known as Abakans. This exhibition provides a rare opportunity to explore these extraordinary works through several of the most important Abakans. Abakanowicz significantly influenced Norwegian textile artists in the 1960s and 1970s, in part through Henie Onstad’s comprehensive presentation Magdalena Abakanowicz: Organic Structures in 1977.

The exhibition is organised by Tate Modern in collaboration with Henie Onstad and the Fondation Toms Pauli at Musée cantonal des Beaux-Arts de Lausanne/Plateforme 10.

The exhibition is curated by Ann Coxon, Mary Jane Jacob, and Caroline Ugelstad.