Le Monde


Polyester resin, journal Le Monde, photos

50.5 x 34 x 9 cm

Famous for having fragmented her body into multiple sculptural casts, Alina Szapocznikow also took interest in daily life objects. Created in her late years, Le Monde shows behind transparent polyurethane resin the front page of the eponymous French daily newspaper, which is dotted with eyeballs.

This hybrid sculpture incorporates the investigations of both the surrealists and new realists with whom the Polish artist became familiar when she lived in Paris. However, her plastic research is personal: from the early 1960s onwards, she experimented new materials and notably polyurethane and polyester, which she used to mold her favorite subject matter, her body.

Testament to Alina Szapocznikow's creative reflection, Le Monde, held in the Pinault Collection, was presented in the group show À Triple tour. Collection Pinault (“triple locked”) at the Paris Conciergerie, in 2013.