The Cleveland Museum of Art

Collection Online as of June 13, 2024



Location: not on view

Did You Know?

Sosnowska says of her art, “In my works there’s no trace of the artist’s hand.”


Sosnowska is interested in modernism's fascination with utopian ideals, examples of which in Eastern Europe are now in ruins. Stairs, made during the artist's first residency in the United States, is an exact copy of fire-escape stairs seen in New York City. The newly rendered stairs were carefully bent with the use of forklifts, then painted with enamel oil-based paint, providing it with both sculptural elegance and uncanniness. Stairs uses the language of architecture to explore and analyze the ways in which form and function can be used to express a range of ideals, locations, and histories.
  • Artist; Hauser & Wirth, New York; The Cleveland Museum of Art
  • Cleveland Museum of Art. The CMA Companion: A Guide to the Cleveland Museum of Art. Cleveland: Cleveland Museum of Art, 2014. Mentioned and reproduced: P. 126
  • {{cite web|title=Stairs|url=false|author=Monika Sosnowska|year=2010|access-date=13 June 2024|publisher=Cleveland Museum of Art}}

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