Abakan, orange
  • TitleAbakan, orange
  • Technique/ MaterialSisal, woven
  • DimensionsDimensions: (h x b) 360 x 360 cm
    Weight: (massa) 100 kg
  • DatingExecuted 1969
  • Artist/Maker Designed and made by: Magdalena Abakanowicz, Polish, born 1930
  • CategoryApplied art and design, Textiles
  • Inventory No.NMK 3/1971
  • AcquisitionPurchase 1971
  • Description
    Images and media

    In the 1960s the Polish artist Magdalena Abakanowicz began to make large, three-dimensional textiles in sisal, calling them ‘Abakans’. Her material consisted partly of discarded rope, which she unravelled, dyed and reused. Abakanowicz’s textiles are intended to hang free in a room, rather than on a wall in the traditional way. Some con temporary viewers were shocked at her sculptures’ sexual allusions and similarities to a vagina – a motif that has always been surrounded by taboo.