To Exalt the Ephemeral:
Alina Szapocznikow, 1962–1972

Hauser & Wirth — Book

Atelier Dyakova art-directed the photography of all Szapocznikow’s sculptures in this book, taking a sensitive approach to lighting and materiality of the work.

Alina Szapocznikow in her studio
Untitled, ca. 1961
Photography art direction
Photography art direction
Photography art direction

To Exalt the Ephemeral: Alina Szapocznikow

To Exalt the Ephemeral: Alina Szapocznikow


The book ‘To Exalt the Ephemeral” accompanies the first solo exhibition devoted to Alina Szapocznikow at Hauser & Wirth, New York. The visceral, playful, and uncanny aspects of the human bodily experience lay at the centre of Szapocznikow’s oeuvre. Born in Poland to a Jewish family in 1926, the artist survived concentration camps as a teenager during the Holocaust. To Exalt the Ephemeral examines Alina’s experimental approach to materials, ranging from plaster and bronze to her groundbreaking use of polyester resin in the mid-1960s. 

The book features new photography art directed by Atelier Dyakova and aims to render the tactility and spatiality of these works in brilliant new detail. While the front cover features Alina’s vibrant work, the back cover (which makes primary contact with the viewer’s hands) is lined with fibrous paper reminiscent of the materials the artist used in her work.

Publisher: Hauser & Wirth Publishers
Author: Margot Norton, Pavel Pyś