Magdalena Abakanowicz, Polish sculptor, Died at 86


Magdalena Abakanowicz was born on June 20, 1930, and died on April 20, 2017.

She was a Polish sculptor and fiber artist.

Abakanowicz was famous her use of textiles as a sculptural medium.

She was a professor at the Academy of Fine Arts in Poznań, Poland from 1965 to 1990 and a visiting professor at University of California, Los Angeles in 1984.

Some of her most noble works includ Nierozpoznani (“The Unrecognised Ones”) (2002) in the Cytadela park, Poznań, Poland, and Puellae, National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden

She was born to a noble landowner family in Falenty. Her mother descended from old Polish nobility.

Magdalena Abakanowicz’s father came from a Polonized Tatar family, which traced its origins to Abaqa Khan (a 13th-century Mongol chieftain).

Magdalena’s father’s family fled Russia to the newly independent Poland after the October Revolution.

Magdalena Abakanowicz passed away at 86 years old.