An exhibition by Alina Szapocznikow (1926–1973), one of Poland’s outstanding artists, is currently presented, for the first time in Israel, at the Tel Aviv Museum of Art. Szapocznikow’s artistic activity was short-lived—in the final years of Modernism and on the verge of new trends in art—but it yielded a cycle of radical, reflexive works which embody the artist’s traumatic biography—life in concentration camps and terminal illness—while resonating with Surrealist aesthetics, Nouveau Réalisme, and Pop art.
The thematic and conceptual axis at the core of her art is the human body—with its sensations, passions, and transience—as motivator, sensor, and witness; as an existential experience in the cycle of life and death.
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