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Intimate Immensity / Alina Szapocznikow
dal 4/2/2012 al 5/5/2012
Tue, Wed, Fri, Sat 11am - 7pm, Thu 11am - 9pm, Sun 11am - 5pm

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Sarah L. Stifler

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Intimate Immensity / Alina Szapocznikow

UCLA Hammer Museum, Los Angeles

The Susan And Larry Marx Collection: more than 150 paintings, sculptures, and works on paper made by 109 different artists. Alina Szapocznikow: Sculpture Undone, 1955-1972 includes approximately 60 sculptures and 50 works on paper, as well as a poignant group of photographic works.

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Intimate Immensity

The Susan And Larry Marx Collection

major gifts by dedicated patrons have often been the building blocks of museum collections. The Hammer Museum is proud to be the recipient of a substantial promised gift from our longtime supporters Susan and Larry Marx. This is the first public presentation of a selection from the extraordinary gift that the Marxes have pledged to the Hammer. The Marx Collection comprises more than 150 paintings, sculptures, and works on paper made by 109 different artists. This postwar collection includes many exemplary works by seminal abstract expressionist and conceptual artists, alongside exciting works by newer artists, and will complement the Hammer Contemporary Collection.

The exhibition is curated by Douglas Fogle, chief curator and deputy director of exhibitions and public programs at the Hammer.


Alina Szapocznikow
Sculpture Undone 1955-1972

Curators: Elena Filipovic, Joanna Mytkowska
Curatorial collaborator: Marta Dziewańska
The Hammer Museum’s presentation is organized by Allegra Pesenti, Curator, Grunwald Center for the Graphic Arts.

"Alina Szapocznikow: Sculpture Undone, 1955–1972" is the first museum survey in the United States devoted to this Polish artist. The exhibition brings to light the extraordinary oeuvre of Alina Szapocznikow, one of the most significant yet lesser known sculptors of the 20th century. At the core of Szapocznikow’s art is the ephemeral condition of life and the human body. Her work oscillates between permanence and impermanence, from carvings in Carrara marble to the precarious assemblages of lips and breasts cast in polyester resin. The exhibition includes approximately 60 sculptures and 50 works on paper, as well as a poignant group of photographic works, demonstrating the tremendous range and scope of Alina Szapocznikow’s art.

As a Holocaust survivor who began working in the post-war period in a rather classical, figurative manner, her later experimentation and re-conception of sculpture left behind a legacy of provocative objects – at once sexualized, visceral, humorous, and political – that sit uneasily between Surrealism, Nouveau Réalisme, and Pop Art. Her tinted polyester-resin casts of her lips and breasts transformed into quotidian objects like lamps or ashtrays, her spongy polyurethane forms often embedded with casts of bellies or live grass, and her construction of resin sculptures that incorporate found photographs remain as remarkably biting, visionary, and original today as when they were first made. The exhibition features extensive archival materials as well as more than 100 artworks, including drawings and photography alongside Szapocznikow's sculpture and object-making.

Alina Szapocznikow: Sculpture Undone, 1955-1972 was organized by WIELS Contemporary Art Centre, Brussels, and the Museum of Modern Art, Warsaw in collaboration with The Museum of Modern Art, New York and the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles. Travelling to the Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus, Ohio.

This exhibition and the accompanying catalogue are generously supported by The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts.

The Hammer Museum’s presentation is made possible through major gifts from Erika Glazer and Alice and Nahum Lainer. Generous support is also provided by Herta and Paul Amir. The exhibition is made possible by additional support from the National Endowment for the Arts, Rosette V. Delug, Alisa and Kevin Ratner, The Audrey & Sydney Irmas Charitable Foundation, and the Consulate General of Poland, Los Angeles.


Contact: Sarah L. Stifler, Hammer Communications, 310-443-7056,

Image: Mark Bradford
Smite, 2007
Mixed media collage on canvas
72 x 84 in. (182.9 x 213.4 cm).
Hammer Museum, Los Angeles. Promised gift of Susan and Larry Marx.
© Mark Bradford. Image courtesy Sikkema Jenkins & Co., New York.

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