Monika Sosnowska, Untitled, 2013, steel, lacquer, 65 × 10 3/8 × 56 3/4".


“Monika Sosnowska: Architectonisation”

Serralves Museum of Contemporary Art
Rua Dom João de Castro, 210
February 20–May 31, 2015

Curated by Suzanne Cotter

If the angel of history looks perpetually back at the accumulating wreckage of the past, Monika Sosnowska is undoubtedly that seraph’s guide for the last century. The artist repeatedly takes up the figures of modernism and their gestures toward utopia through art, architecture, and design, only to mark their fateful passing and our ever-increasing distance from them in time. Yet in this survey of both large-scale installation projects and smaller objects dating from between 2003 and 2014 (including the complete set of sculptures making up the “Market” series, 2012–14), Sosnowska’s work rhymes with its setting—the Álvaro Siza–designed Serralves—implicitly suggesting the ways in which, whatever the history, the past stays with us in all its possibility.