Showcase: Monika Sosnowska: Gate

As of April 17, 2021
  • Capitain Petzel is pleased to present its second Showcase, a new series of exhibitions which will be visible from outside...

    Capitain Petzel is pleased to present its second Showcase, a new series of exhibitions which will be visible from outside of the gallery. 

     

    Monika Sosnowska (b. 1972 in Ryki, Poland) is known for her often site-specific architectural installations created by transforming construction material into impactful and elegant sculptures that comment on the post-war architecture of her native Poland. In the gallery Showcase one such sculpture is presented: Gate, made by manipulating an existing structure and through twisting, stretching, and resetting the initial configuration of the model, forming a new object detached from the functionality distinctive of the former gate.

     

    Gate takes its inspiration from the gates and bars which people were installing in corridors of blockhouses. The buildings were designed to have common spaces, shared among everybody, but people started dividing them with gates for privacy and security reasons. The gates were not designed by anyone; they were just made by welders to be functional, but also with a hint of decorative motives to make them a bit more pleasant. The materials where usually very cheap, collected from buildings sites — consisting of whatever was available. This work is representative of how Sosnowska alludes to a specific socio-historical reality, to contradict the rational paradigm of modernism, and to create as a result a beautiful visual puzzle.

    • Monika Sosnowska Gate, 2019 Painted steel 200 x 100 x 30 cm 78.8 x 39.4 x 11.8 inches
      Monika Sosnowska
      Gate, 2019
      Painted steel
      200 x 100 x 30 cm
      78.8 x 39.4 x 11.8 inches
    • B Msosnowska 21 0003 Detail
  • Monika Sosnowska has shown extensively over the last two decades, with major solo exhibitions at Zachęta – National Gallery of...

    Monika Sosnowska has shown extensively over the last two decades, with major solo exhibitions at Zachęta – National Gallery of Art, Warsaw (2020); Saarlandmuseum Moderne Galerie, Saarbrücken (2020); Garage Museum of Contemporary Art, Moscow (2020); The Modern Institute, Glasgow (2019); Muzeum Susch, Engadin, Switzerland (2017); Ginza Maison Hermès, Tokyo (2015); Museum of Contemporary Art, Porto (2015); Australian Center for Contemporary Art (ACCA), Melbourne (2013); Museo Tamayo, Mexico City (2011); Herzliya Museum of Contemporary Art, Tel Aviv (2010); Museum of Modern Art, New York (2006). Her group exhibitions include Hayward Gallery, London (2018); Tate Modern, London (2017); Sprengel Museum Hannover (2015); Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati, (2014); The Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago (2012); Centre Pompidou, Paris (2010) and many more. In 2007, Sosnowska represented Poland at the 52nd Venice Biennial.

     

    Ph: Piotr Bekas/Zachęta archive