With her organic sculptures and innovative casting techniques, Maria Bartuszová, in the course of a career that spans three decades, molds her personal vision of abstract plastic art. From raindrops and eggs to the human body, Bartuszová (Prague, now CZ, 1936–Košice, SK, 1996) finds inspiration in observations of nature, personal experiences, and processes of transformation. She spends much of her professional life in Košice, then in Czechoslovakia. Braving the challenges of life in a totalitarian system that affords a woman artist precious few possibilities, Bartuszová creates an outstanding oeuvre encompassing over five hundred works.
The Museum der Moderne Salzburg in cooperation with Tate Modern presents the sculptor’s first retrospective in the Germanspeaking countries. Featuring her tactile sculptures and large-format reliefs, the exhibition offers the museum’s audiences a rare opportunity to discover her work, which has not attracted the international attention it merits.
The Creative Space by the Museum Education team invites visitors to experience art with many senses.
A publication to accompany this exhibition was released in an English edition by Tate Publishing, edited by Juliet Bingham and Gabriela Garlatyová. You can purchase the publication in our Museum Shop or online.
The exhibition was organized by Tate Modern, London, in collaboration with the Museum der Moderne Salzburg.
The exhibition was made possible by the scientific research of Gabriela Garlatyová, the curator of the Archive of Maria Bartuszová in Košice, and the support and advice of the Estate of Maria Bartuszová.