Alina Szapocznikow (1926–1973) – a sculptor considered of the greatest legends of Polish art. Working under the traumatic war experience and fighting cancer, she developed an original language of organic forms, cast in unusual materials: polyurethane, polyester and synthetic resins, which redefined the idea of sculpture in the 1960s and 70s.
For the last several years, Szapocznikow’s oeuvre has been gaining international interest due to the efforts of Museum of the Modern Art in Warsaw, which takes care of her archives. In 2009, her sculptures were presented in a group exhibition “Awkward Objects” along with works by Maria Bartuszova, Louise Bourgeois, Paulina Ołowska, Eva Hesse and Pauline Boty. Her first great retrospective, “Sculpture Undone 1955-1972” took place at WIELS Contemporary Art Centre in Brussels at the turn of 2012 and 2013. Afterwards, the exhibition moved to New York’s Metropolitan Museum, which placed Szapocznikow in a global perspective, among world’s top artists of the 60s and 70s.