Igor Mitoraj, 1944–2014


Testa Addormentata (photo by Dave Miles).

The first I saw of the work of Polish artist Igor Mitoraj was the serene bronze face, Light of the Moon, sitting outside the British Museum in the late 1990s. I’ve enjoyed seeing pictures of his other sculptures ever since so it was dismaying to read of his death earlier this month.


Untitled (photo by Carlo Columba).

Mitoraj’s statuary often resembled the colossal fragments of a lost antiquity but there were contemporary touches: the bound faces are a recurrent feature you won’t find in the Classical world, and some of his statues are inset with miniature versions of themselves or similar figures. The Medusa head below shows the attention to detail: a small escutcheon on one of his winged figures that wears a tiny face on its brow.


Light of the Moon (photo by Katie Mollon).

One benefit of his work being shown outdoors is the quantity of photographs. The selection here is from a Creative Commons search at Flickr. The site has many more examples.

• Obituaries: Guardian | Telegraph


Untitled photo by kodakhrome.


Untitled photo by kodakhrome.


Mozzata (photo by Neuro74).


Exposición “El mito perdido” de Igor Mitoraj (Madrid, 2008) (photo by Gisleno).


The day after (photo by Emanuele).


Medusa (photo by mmarftrejo).

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The art of Igor Mitoraj

2 thoughts on “Igor Mitoraj, 1944–2014”

  1. I have loved Mitoraj’s work since the 1993 exhibition at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Wakefield. Then, entirely coincidentally I visited Bamberg and his sculpture was everywhere in that wonderful place.

  2. *Will look out for Mitoraj material. Although just representations, these photos evoked a strong sense of curosity about the work, and a deep intuitive pleasure in them.

    Thanks for the posting.

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