Igor Mitoraj

1944 · Germany

Artist biography

Igor Mitoraj is an established contemporary visual artist, who was born in Germany. Igor Mitoraj was born in 1944. Born in the same country and of the same generation are Sigmar Polke and Rebecca Horn.

Galleries and Exhibitions

Igor Mitoraj's work is available on viewing in Galerie Bayart in Paris, France and DIE GALERIE in Frankfurt, Germany. Igor Mitoraj most recent exhibition recorded on Artland was at DIE GALERIE in Frankfurt (27 March 2019 until 31 May 2019) with the exhibition 40 Jahre DIE GALERIE ∙ 40 Years of DIE GALERIE.

Igor Mitoraj in private collections

On Artland Igor Mitoraj's art can be found in the following collection: Andrea Festa Fine Art which, for instance, also has works by other prominent and critically acclaimed artists including Sissi Farassat, Sarah Derat, and Alessandro Simonini.

Further Biographical Context for Igor Mitoraj

Born in 1944, Igor Mitoraj was largely inspired by the 1960s. The astronomical impact of the 1960s was truly astonishing across the globe. Evocative of a time inspiring both faith and anger, the 1960s prompted an outburst of new philosophies and movements, truly exciting and ground-breaking. Historically set in the context of the Cold War, which would have a highly powerful impact globally, largely defined by the Iron Curtain separating Europe both physically and spiritually, and drastically marked by the erection of the Berlin Wall in 1961. The 1960s re-defined all pre-existing assumptions on gender, race and justice, questioned education as well as morality and selfhood – for instance through the civil rights movement and second wave of feminism, as well as student political uprisings. The significant escalation of mass consumerism also defined the era, engendering new trends in marketing and advertising. Minimalism established the crucial idea that art should exist in its own reality, and not try to represent the physical world. Born of a desire to eradicate all pre-established notions about art, Minimalism turned into a radically progressive movement, highly influential worldwide, with artists such as Frank Stella, Donald Judd and Dan Flavin as key figures. Minimalism became influential through the works of artists such as Victor Vasarely and Bridget Riley, while Pop art was a fundamental by-product of the latter, simultaneously critiquing and glorifying popular culture. The iconic contemporary art movements that reverberated through the wave of radicalism of the 1960s also had their own distinctions and scopes, particular to different areas or countries. Spatialism, for instance, was founded in Italy by Lucio Fontana and Piero Manzoni, and its ideologies adopted by the Zero group in Germany. Throughout Europe, the ideologies of Existentialism deeply influenced artists like Francis Bacon and Alberto Giacometti, who strived to depict the raw human emotions often associated with reflections on death and the haunting anxiety of the meaninglessness of life.

Igor Mitoraj

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