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Artistic Dialogue
January 7, 2009 By M.H.    
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Katarzyna Kobro/Lygia Clark is an exhibition at the £ód¼ Museum of Art that brings together the work of two great 20th-century artists.

Katarzyna Kobro (1898-1951) was a Polish sculptress, painter and art theoretician who was considered to be one of the foremost representatives of constructivist avant-garde. Lygia Clark (1920-1988) was a famous South American neo-avant-garde artist.

The exhibition aims to initiate an artistic dialogue between these two strong and independent artistic personalities-a virtual conversation conducted through works of art despite the thousands of miles and decades that separated Kobro and Clark.

Their artistic activities converged on several planes. The most obvious one was constructivism, a movement that Kobro helped found and that was also a starting point for Clark. Another thing the two artists had in common was that their creative work overstepped the boundaries defined by constructivism. Their attention was focused on the relationship between body and space.

These interests led Kobro to produce three-dimensional spatial compositions, while Clark focused on making the viewer's body part of the process of creating a work of art. She also pursued therapeutic practices that addressed human corporeality.

By combining the two artists' output, the exhibition testifies to the potential hidden in constructivism. It brings together Kobro's spatial compositions and abstract sculptures with Clark's public art projects and "therapeutic sessions" that she began pursuing in 1954.

The £ód¼ exhibition is the first ever presentation of Clark's work in Poland, and an attempt to reinterpret the relationship between avant-garde and neo-avant-garde art.

£ód¼, Museum of Art, ms2 Gallery, 19 Ogrodowa St., through March 1
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