Polish sculptor’s works exhibited in Riga

An exhibition “Into the Space of Magdalena Abakanowicz. Textile and Sculpture” opened at the Museum of Decorative Arts and Design in Riga on Thursday.

The exhibition features over 20 works by Magdalena Abakanowicz − one of the most well-known Polish artists worldwide.

The displayed works include Abakans − large-scale spatial textiles named in this way by the artist herself, sculptures and figurative compositions coming from Polish museums and art collections.

According to the Adam Mickiewicz Institute that is funded by the Polish culture ministry, this is the first retrospective exhibition of Ms Abakanowicz’s works in the Baltic States.

Born to a noble landowner family near Warsaw, Ms Abakanowicz (1930-2017) was a Polish sculptor and fiber artist. She is notable for her use of textiles as a sculptural medium. She is widely regarded as one of Poland’s most internationally acclaimed artists.

The exhibition that runs until June 30 will be accompanied by a documentary about the artist and a conference to be attended by Polish and Latvian art historians, the museum’s website states.