owner Cristian Contini pays tribute to celebrated master sculptor Igor Mitoraj, who passed away this week, aged 70.
Contini Gallery has represented the Pietrasanta-‐based artist for 25 years.
Cristian Contini, whose gallery in New Bond Street opened in May this year with the first major UK gallery retrospective of Mitorajs sculptures, comments, Igor Mitoraj made an outstanding contribution to the cultural landscape. He was a true artisan, creative genius and an exceptional sculptor, who revisited classical techniques and gave them a genuinely modern perspective. The world has lost a real creative visionary and a gentleman in the truest sense of the word.
Mitoraj is perhaps best known for his monumental public sculptures, which have been displayed in prominent locations including the foreground of Londons British Museum, Canary Wharf, Yorkshire Sculpture Park, as well as the world famous ruins of Agrigento, Sicily. Other important public works have been shown in Italy, Spain, France, Japan and Germany. In addition to his public sculptures, Mitorajs work has been exhibited in prestigious galleries in Europe and North America.
Notable collectors of the Polish born sculptors work include TRH Prince and Princess Michael of Kent, H. R. H. Princess Ira Von Furstemberg, Sir and Lady George Iacubescu and Mr and Mrs Wafic Rida Said.