A grotesque exhibition

Alina Szapocznikow’s surreal sculptures show at the Tel Aviv Museum of Art.

Alina Szapocznikow’s surreal sculptures
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Polish artist Alina Szapocznikow led a life that could be considered nightmarish by any standards: She survived two concentration camps and tuberculosis, and died of breast cancer at 46. And although she was one of the best-known postwar Polish sculptors, she received little recognition in international art circles until recently.

Approximately two years ago, the WIELS Contemporary Art Center in Brussels hosted the first major survey of her works outside her native country. That exhibition traveled to the Museum of Modern Art in New York, among other museums, bringing new attention to the artist. Now, an exhibit featuring a selection of her sculptures, drawings and photographs has opened at the Tel Aviv Museum of Art, under the title “Body Traces.”

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