To mark the grand reopening of the reconstructed Minneapolis Sculpture Garden, join Monika Sosnowska and Walker curator Pavel Pyś as they discuss Untitled (gate) (2014), the Warsaw-based artist’s new work in the Garden.
Sosnowska is known for work informed by the functional, structural elements of everyday architecture—from staircases and windows to residential and commercial structures. She often looks to the utilitarian buildings of postwar Poland, considering ways she might reimagine aspects of these simple, unadorned constructions. Her large-scale sculptures and installations manipulate industrial, often architectural forms into disorienting configurations, altering the viewer’s perception of physical space. Untitled (gate) is a graceful, abstract torque of steel inspired by a metal gate the artist saw in Warsaw.
About the Artist
Now based in Warsaw, Monika Sosnowska studied at Poznań’s Academy of Fine Arts in the painting department, and in 1998 went on to complete two years of postgraduate studies at the Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten in Amsterdam. In 2003, she was awarded the prestigious Baloise Art Prize in Basel, Switzerland, as well as Polityka’s Passport award given by Poland’s most influential weekly, and in 2012 she was a nominee of the Hugo Boss Prize. The artist has presented solo exhibitions at the Contemporary Austin, Texas (2016); Cahiers d’Art, Paris (2015); Fundaçao De Serralves, Porto (2015); Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver (2013); Australian Center for Contemporary Art ACCA, Melbourne (2013); Pérez Art Museum Miami (2013); Public Art Fund, New York (2012); K21 Düsseldorf (2010); Schaulager, Basel (2008); Polish Pavilion, 52th Biennale di Venezia (2007); Kunstmuseum Liechtenstein, Vaduz (2007); and the Museum of Modern Art, New York (2006).