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Art Inside a Water Cistern
July 30, 2008   
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Internationally famous Polish sculptor Magdalena Abakanowicz is exhibiting her work inside a huge 19th-century water cistern in front of the Center for Contemporary Art at the Ujazdowski Castle in Warsaw. The project is an attempt to upgrade rundown public space through art.

"Abakanowicz knows how to adapt space beautifully," said Milada ¦lizińska, the curator of the exhibition. "You can interpret the exhibition at many levels."

International art critics consider Abakanowicz to be a top contemporary female artist. Born in 1930 in Falenty near Warsaw, Abakanowicz graduated from Warsaw's Fine Arts Academy in 1954. She won international acclaim in the 1960s with her monumental, three-dimensional tapestries called Abakans. In the early 1970s, Abakanowicz began creating series of sculptures. She has produced many designs for public places and museums. She holds a number of honorary doctorates.

Abakanowicz lives and works in Warsaw.

Exhibition open through Sept. 7, Center for Contemporary Art, Ujazdowski Castle, 2 Jazdów St.
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