• View of “Maria Bartuszová,” 2014.

    View of “Maria Bartuszová,” 2014.

    Maria Bartuszová

    Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw | Museum on Pańska 3

    Imagine a form that exudes vulnerability as well as resolve, pliancy as well as recalcitrance, that features geometric shapes and is nonetheless organic, that looks provisional and yet is timelessly self-contained, that is alive with tension but still imparts a sense of calm, that suggests the most intimate eroticism while attesting to the most refined purity. If this seems impossible to conjure, then look at the work of Maria Bartuszová. Such ambivalence is the defining characteristic of her art and probably accounts for the incomprehension with which these wonderful objects have often been

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