Standing Figure in Iron Cage

 

Magdalena Abakanowicz, Polish, born 1930
Standing Figure in Iron Cage, 1988
Burlap, resin, iron, and glass
Gift of Knoll International Holdings, Inc.,
to American Friends of the Israel Museum
Hollow, headless, lost, and defenseless – yet fully present and standing erect – this figure demonstrates the extremes of the human condition: vitality and destruction, alienation from nature and the longing for what is natural.