Tate Modern, London will open a major solo survey exhibition by Maria Bartuszová in Autumn 2021.
Bringing together many works rarely exhibited before in the UK, the exhibition starts in the 1960s, when Bartuszová created her own experimental method of casting plaster by hand. Inspired by playing with her young daughter, she found she could create pure abstract forms by pouring plaster into rubber balloons. She would shape the sculpture by pushing or pulling, or submerging it into water, creating uniquely beautiful organic shapes. Some are reminiscent of rain-drops, seeds or eggs. Some suggest the human body, with maternal or erotic associations. In later works she allowed the balloons to burst, creating fragile, ephemeral works akin to cocoons or nests.
In the 1980s, Bartuszová frequently photographed her works outdoors to underline their close affinity to nature. The exhibition will also include a selection of these images alongside her drawings, many of which will be exhibited for the first time.