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The Body and its Parts
June 3, 2009   
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The Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw is showing Awkward Objects, an exhibition of work by Alina Szapocznikow, Maria Bartuszova, Pauline Boty, Louise Bourgeois, Eva Hesse, and Paulina Ołowska. For the first time since the her death in 1973, Szapocznikow's work has been gaining international recognition and a place in the most famed art collections such as those of the Pompidou center in Paris, the MoMa in New York, and the Tate Modern in London.

The Warsaw exhibition shows pieces that are representative of the most discussed themes in Szapocznikow's work, in particular her casts of the body and its parts or remains, shown in relation to the work of other artists of her time. By showing the work of Szapocznikow, Bourgeois, Hesse, Boty and Bartuszova side by side, the exhibition attempts to illustrate how these pioneering female artists, through their experimentation with materials, form and expression, sought to make their mark within the art currents of their time. It also tries to emphasize certain aspects of her work that were previously unnoticed, mainly references to popular culture (the James Bond villain Goldfinger), her fascination with gadgets, or her playful use of consumer culture icons such as the Rolls Royce logo.


Until July 6, Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw, 3 Pańska St., tel.+48 22 596 40 10,www.artmuseum.pl
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