Magdalena Abakanowicz: Every Tangle of Thread and Rope - Exhibition at Tate Modern

Episode 1490,  Nov 25, 2022, 09:00 AM

We now join RNIB Connect Radio’s Toby Davey on another visit to Tate Modern on London’s Bankside to explore the work of Polish Artist Magdalena Abakanowicz who radically transformed textile work by taking her woven work off the gallery walls and turning the thread and rope into three-dimensional sculptures which were coined Abakans with Ann Coxon the Curator of the exhibition Magdalena Abakanowicz:  Every Tangle of Thread and Rope.

Ann began by giving Toby a bit of background to Magdalena Abakanowicz life and work leading up to the time of the production of her Abakans and the reactions from critics, the general public and other artist to this radical way of using thread and rope.

Toby and Ann then focused on the forest of Abakans which fill one of the large gallery spaces at Tate Modern talking about in some cases their almost human form, the natural almost muted colours of the thread and rope and how they fill the space with an almost earthy smell which underlines the feeling of being amongst a forest of the Abakans.

Ann also talked about how influential Magdalena has been on other artists during her life and on young artists today with her installations and Abakans. 

Magdalena Abakanowiczz: Every Tangle of Thread and Rope continues at Tate Modern until 21 May 2023 and audio described guided tours by members of Tate staff can be booked by either emailing or calling 020 7887 8888 

More details about the Magdalena Abakanowiczz:  Every Tangle of Thread and Rope at Tate Modern  can be found by visiting the following pages of the Tate website-

Image shows: (Magdalena Abakanowicz Abakan Red 1969 © Fundacja Marty Magdaleny Abakanowicz Kosmowskiej i Jana Kosmowskiego) a large bright red, abstract sculpture, supspended in the air and made of sisal fabric measuring around 4m x 4m x 4m. It is almost a circle shape from one angle and has a straight point sticking out from the middle with fabric hanging down underneath it.