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Title
Sagacious Head 6
Date
1989–1990
Dimensions
overall 98-1/12 × 187 × 108-¼ inches
Materials
bronze
Location
Not on view

Object Details

Type
Sculpture
Accession Number
1992.157
Edition
1
Inscriptions
N.A.; Stamped on the inside rear wall “89/90 / FONDERIA VENTURI ARTE / BOLOGNA”
Credit Line
Purchased with funds provided by the Frederick R. Weisman Collection of Art, 1992

artwork entry Magdalena Abakanowicz, Minneapolis Sculpture Garden, 1998

The two giant, pyramidal bronze forms that Polish artist Magdalena Abakanowicz calls Sagacious Heads rise out of the ground like a pair of mysterious beasts or ancient, scarred mountains. For Abakanowicz, known for her haunting groupings of abstracted figures, the head has a special significance: it is “first to see, to react, to inform the whole body,” but more importantly, it is “first exposed to the unknown.” These featureless heads—silent and mute—have been severed from their bodies and thus from all their responsibilities. Their immutable, enigmatic presence seems to call forth the unknown itself. Abakanowicz fashioned the heads out of Styrofoam, plaster, and fabric, working the soft surfaces of the plaster with her fingers and scoring the Styrofoam with a knife to create the roughened, hidelike textures of the final forms, cast in bronze. The two heads in the Garden are the last in a series of seven the artist executed between 1987 and 1990. Abakanowicz also created a group of ten monolithic bronze “dragon heads” for the Olympic Park at the 1988 games in Seoul, South Korea.

Jenkins, Janet, ed. Minneapolis Sculpture Garden. Minneapolis, MN: Walker Art Center, 1998, no. 41.

© 1998 Walker Art Center

object label Magdalena Abakanowicz, Sagacious Head 6 and Sagacious Head 7 (1989-1990) Walker Art Center, 1998

“Head eats, Head looks, Head hears, Head speaks. Always above or in front of the trunk, the head is first exposed to the unknown. It is responsible for the rest of the body, as a leader for its herd.”–Magdalena Abakanowicz

Label text for Magdalena Abakanowicz, Sagacious Head 6 and Sagacious Head 7 (1989-1990), from the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, 1998.

Copyright 1998 Walker Art Center