Mária Bartuszová

Galerie Rüdiger Schöttle

Mária Bartuszová was little known outside of Slovakia until a cross section of her works from 1970 to 1987 was presented last year at Documenta 12. Born in Prague, Bartuszová spent most of her life in the city of Kosice, in the east of Slovakia (almost on the Ukrainian border), and died there in 1996, at age sixty. Her works are typically amorphous, globular plaster of paris forms fastened by cords to holes in Plexiglas plates. The encounters of the malleable plaster objects—their surfaces painfully choked by twine—with the hardness and inflexibility of the plate evoke not only vulnerability, but also a kind of sexually conditioned violence, the violence inflicted daily upon the female body. Curated by Slovakian art historian Vladimír Beskid, this singular exhibition confirmed that independently of Eva Hesse and Louise Bourgeois, in distant Eastern Europe, questions akin to theirs were

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