Monika Sosnowska

Biographical note:
Monika Sosnowska is a young Polish artist and a winner of several prizes, including the “Passport of Polityka” (an award given by Poland’s most prestigious weekly) awarded in 2003 for world class spatial installation and “for the happy restoration of the surprise dimension to art.” She studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Poznań, and the Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten in Amsterdam. Monika Sosnowska works with space and architecture, creates installations that combine both architecture and painting. In her sculptures and installations, she discovers architecture as an ordering system. Her works often trigger the feelings of endangerment and irritation. Sosnowska’s works have been acknowledged by connoisseurs of modern art all over the world, including the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOMA) in New York, and that is where her first individual exhibition in the United States was held.

Sosnowska mostly explores architectural elements that are incorrect or erroneous. She deals with the overlooked aspects of the functioning of cities —  remnants of urban utopias, unsuccessful developments, or impermanence of buildings, while utilizing psychedelic properties of architecture in her art.

Description of work:
The installation by Monika Sosnowska is located in the green square at Czysta Street.

“Stragan” (a stall) is a continuation of the historical sequence that depicts the fate of Renoma as an unusual place. By building it, the Wertheim brothers rose to the heights of contemporary design, giving the residents of Wroclaw a building filled with glamour, a modernist monument of commerce, and the embodiment of architectural vision. By expanding RENOMA, the company CDI created a counterweight to the monument — the building of an ultra-modern shape not only gave a modern air to the structure, but also created a kind of bridge between the new and the old. Sosnowska’s creation is a tribute to Polish socialist modernism. It shows the strength and enthusiasm of the people who found their ways to save commerce in the turbulent times of emerging capitalism of the 1980s.

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