25 March – 26 June 1999
Exhibition in Galleries 1, 2 and 3
Celebrating the centenary of her birth, Katarzyna Kobro is the first retrospective exhibition of the Constructivist artist's work in the UK.
Katarzyna Kobro (1898-1951) was born and educated in Moscow, where she created her first works. After marrying Polish artist Władysław Strzemiński, she spent her whole mature life in Poland.
It is here that she produced her most important works and crystallised her artistic ideas. It is also here, in the Muzeum Sztuki in Łódź, that almost all her surviving works have been collected - many of her sculptures were lost during the First World War and its aftermath.
Kobro pursued an aesthetic that resonated with her thoughts on society and community. Her sculpture was open and egalitarian and she wished to include the spectator's experience as part of its meaning.
Though Kobro survived the war, her career as an abstract sculptor came to an end in the late 1930s, an artistic flowering of remarkably brief, but intense, duration.
A comprehensive publication accompanies this exhibition, including essays by Polish specialists, full colour illustrations, histories of the surviving works and of the reconstructions, and a completely new biography.