Alina Szapocznikow: Human Landscapes Exhibition Design

vPPR Architects, West Yorkshire, 2017

 

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Alina Szapocznikow: Human Landscapes installation at The Hepworth Wakefield 

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  • Alina Szapocznikow: Human Landscapes installation at The Hepworth Wakefield    
  • Alina Szapocznikow: Human Landscapes installation at The Hepworth Wakefield    
  • Alina Szapocznikow: Human Landscapes installation at The Hepworth Wakefield    
  • Alina Szapocznikow: Human Landscapes installation at The Hepworth Wakefield    
  • Alina Szapocznikow: Human Landscapes installation at The Hepworth Wakefield    
  • Alina Szapocznikow: Human Landscapes installation at The Hepworth Wakefield    
  • Alina Szapocznikow: Human Landscapes installation at The Hepworth Wakefield    
  • Alina Szapocznikow: Human Landscapes installation at The Hepworth Wakefield    
  • Alina Szapocznikow: Human Landscapes installation at The Hepworth Wakefield    
  • Alina Szapocznikow: Human Landscapes installation at The Hepworth Wakefield    
  • Alina Szapocznikow: Human Landscapes installation at The Hepworth Wakefield    
  • Alina Szapocznikow: Human Landscapes installation at The Hepworth Wakefield    
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An exhibition design at The Hepworth Wakefield for the first UK retrospective of the work of the Polish artist Alina Szapocznikow.

vPPR’s proposal consists of clusters of translucent fabric screens that thematically group artworks, whilst maintaining visual connections to other works beyond through the visual transparency. The design is a direct reference to Alina Szapocznikow’s own studio where the artist used translucent partitions to frame, photograph and protect artworks.

The artist investigates the human body, whose work is displayed in chronological order across four exhibition spaces. While her early work is more classical and figurative, her later work is increasingly materially and formally experimental, often distorting the human body. The architectural screens are designed to reinforce the conceptual progressions within her work in the two main exhibition rooms: the earlier room consists of rectilinear screens, with fabric gradating from pale blue to medium blue to dark blue; the later room consists of curved panels that gradient from pale pink to medium pink to dark maroon.

The screens are modular metal framed panels which are deployed in various configurations to help visitors navigate through the space, bring order and narrative to the works, create connections between past and future and also display archival photographs in vitrines accompanying with text that floats on the fabric surfaces. The layered views across the rooms through the screens and attached vitrines facilitate new ways of viewing the works, for example drawing attention to the profiles and silhouettes of artworks through the abstraction of the fabric versus the intricate textures when viewed direct. 

The exhibition graphics are also echoing to Alina Szapocznikow’s main works. The typography employed is Totentanz — German for Dance of the Dead — whose structure is delicate and fragile. Many of Szapocznikow’s pieces had been cast from her own body and Totentanz is a direct reference to her traumatic memory, recalling the human body’s frailty, turned into something elegant.

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  • Completed: Oct 2017
  • Floor area: 602m2
  • Sector: Arts and culture
  • Total cost: £12,000
  • Address: The Hepworth Wakefield, Gallery Walk, Wakefield, West Yorkshire, WF1 5AW, United Kingdom

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