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Google Doodle celebrates the 93rd birthday of Polish sculptor Magdalena Abakanowicz

Google Doodle celebrates the 93rd birthday of Polish sculptor Magdalena Abakanowicz, who pioneered a new category of art known as Abakans.

Abakanowicz started studying at the secondary school for plastic arts in Gdynia in 1948. (Google Doodle)Premium
Abakanowicz started studying at the secondary school for plastic arts in Gdynia in 1948. (Google Doodle)

Google Doodle is celebrating the 93rd birthday of Polish sculptor Magdalena Abakanowicz with a special doodle. The artist was born on June 20, 1930 in a Poland ruled by the Communist regime and World War II played a major part in her life. The war had a deep impact on her psyche and forced her to grow up at a young age.

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In a blog post on Tuesday Google explained the logic behind today's Doodle, the post read, “Is it a tapestry or a sculpture? Magdalena Abakanowicz’s figures of woven fiber broke the mold when she pioneered a new category of art known as Abakans. Today’s Doodle celebrates the Polish sculptor and multi-element artist."

After the Second World War ended, Abakanowicz started studying at the secondary school for plastic arts in Gdynia in 1948. She later graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw in 1954.

During the 1960s, Abakanowicz developed a soft sculpture that turned fabric into three dimensions. These new forms of installations hung from the ceiling and were called Abakans based on the last name of its creator. 

The out-of-the-box thinking by Magdalena Abakanowicz was appreciated at the 1965 São Paulo International Art Biennale where she was awarded the top prize owing to the Abakans. She went on to win many more awards in her lifetime including the Lifetime Achievement Award from the International Sculpture Center in New Jersey, the Award for Distinction in Sculpture from the Sculpture Center in New York, and the Commander Cross with Star of the Order of Polonia Restituta in Poland

In the 1970s, Abakanwicz was inspired by the sociological phenomenon of the crowd, which states that the individual loses his or her individuality in the crowd. Agora is considered her most important statement on humanity and is permanently installed in Chicago's Grant Park.

“Prestigious museums and exhibitions across the world have featured Abakanowicz’s work. More than 100 one-person exhibitions were organized in museums and art galleries across Europe, both Americas, Japan, and Australia, day." the search giant wrote 

 

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Published: 20 Jun 2023, 06:42 AM IST
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