Feliza Bursztyn

Welding Madness


The catalogue of the first museum retrospective of Colombian artist Feliza Bursztyn presented outside her home country

This book is not yet published, but will be available from September 2022.

ISBN: 9788857247229 Category:


Bringing together approximately 50 sculptures, films, installations, and archival material, most of which are shown for the first time in Europe, this ambitious, career-spanning monograph positions Bursztyn as one of Latin America’s most important sculptors of the 20th century.

A pioneer in kinetic sculpture, Feliza Bursztyn (1933, Bogota-1982, Paris) created wrecked metal sculptures with ghostlike yet comical humanoid traits that addressed the social effects caused by the aggressive modernization of Colombian society. Composed of industrial junk, often motor-animated, these works perform a theatre of dystopian industrial hybrids. Bursztyn’s immersive installations are characterized by their disconcerting mechanical sound produced by the frenetic vibration of the sculptures, as well as by occasional music scores accompanying the pieces. The artist’s works and sculptural mise-en-scènes enact sites of aesthetic resistance and antithetical political investment, creating a unique experience that raises awareness on the situation and the perception of women in a male-dominated society and reveal the troublesome face of modernity.

Additional information

Weight 300 g
Dimensions 16.5 x 24 cm
Publisher name Skira Editore S.p.A
Publication date 28 September 2022
Number of pages 160
Format Hardback
Dimensions 16.5 x 24 cm
Weight 300 g


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Marta Dziewanska is Curator at Kunstmuseum Bern. Between 2007 and the end of 2018 she was head of research at the Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw and, in 2017, a curatorial advisor for documenta 14, Athens and Kassel. She curated and co-curated several exhibition projects and edited and co-edited numerous publications.

Abigail Winograd is the MacArthur Fellows Program 40th Anniversary Exhibition Curator at the Smart Museum of Art, University of Chicago. Her scholarly research has focused on the emergence of aberrant abstractions in post-war South America as well as museological approaches to expanding canonical narratives.