Martin Blaszko

(1920 – 2011)




Martin Blaszko began his academic training in Europe with Jankel Adler and Enrique Barczinski. In 1939 he emigrated with his family to Buenos Aires. Self described as high-strung and impatient he experimented with styles before finding his artistic stride. “In 1945, I met Carmelo Arden Quin, the founder of the MADI group. The clarity, the coldness and the strict execution of his work made a deep impression on me.” From then on he too would be a member of the MADI movement.

In 1952 he was awarded by the Institute of Contemporary Art in London for his project "Monument to the Unknown Political Prisoner" exhibited at The Tate Gallery of London. In 1956 he represented Argentina at the XXVIII Venice Biennale and in 1958 was awarded the bronze medal at the International Fair in Brussels. Through such prestigious exhibitions he became recognized as one of the most interesting and original sculptors in Argentina.

In 1990 he was part of the exhibition Latin American Artists of the XX Century, organized by the Museum of Modern Art (MOMA) of New York. Two years later, in 2001, he held an individual exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art of Buenos Aires (MAMbA). The sculptures that were shown in these exhibits are an excellent reflection of his personal style. Blaszko reflect the struggle of two antagonistic forces in the pure geometric forms of his sculptures. Somehow through tension and polarity he is able to achieve balance.

Blaszko was known for his work as an author as well as an artist. He was quite articulate in his writings and able to bring about an awareness for not only his own art, but the MADI movement as well.

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