The Polish sculptor Monika Sosnowska is regarded as one of the most significant contemporary artists today. Her often massive sculptures and architectural installations in steel, concrete or other building materials engage, from an Eastern European point of view, with the legacy of modernism and its promises of progress – and what remains of it.
Sosnowska grew up in Socialist Poland and experienced the country’s transformation into a democratic market economy after 1989. As an artist she has observed the changes in society and the built environment which followed on from that, and which continue to resonate until today. Alongside selected works from the last 20 years, the exhibition also shows many never-before-seen models and photographs from Sosnowska’s studio and archive, which provide a fascinating insight into her artistic process. (Text by Zentrum Paul Klee)