ÉTS adds a prestigious sculpture to its campus
The sculptor, Liliana Berezowsky, donates the sculpture Antigon VII to ÉTSWednesday, May 5, 2021
ÉTS is proud to have received the sculpture titled Antigon VII, created by Liliana Berezowsky, to be enjoyed by the entire community.
Liliana Berezowsky was born in Poland in 1944, and arrived in Canada as a young child. She earned both a Bachelor and Master’s degree in Fine Arts at Concordia University, where she now teaches on a part-time basis. She has participated in numerous solo and group exhibitions throughout Canada and in Berlin. Her work is part of many museum collections, including those of the National Gallery of Canada, the Montréal Museum of Fine Art, the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal, the Musée national des beaux-arts de Québec, the Musée d'art de Joliette and the Musée d'art de Lachine.
While on the cusp of entering adulthood, Liliana survived a plane crash. This incident has significantly influenced her work, resulting in the creation of Antigon VII, among other pieces. The sculpture is a meld of metal, wood and rubber in an intimate interplay that echoes the tension between lightness and heaviness and between immobility and movement, creating the dynamism of the piece, which changes and is enriched depending on the angle from which it is observed. In the words of Cédrick Pautel, Secretary General of ÉTS: “It illustrates the human intelligence and creativity of combining heavier-than-air materials to create an instrument that allows us to fly; while at the same time reminding us of the fragility of the human condition and the imperfection of our undertakings. That is why this piece of art appears destined to end up at an engineering school.”
Liliana Berezowsky has lived in the Griffintown neighbourhood since 1986, and has witnessed the exceptional growth of ÉTS firsthand. She considers it an honour that Antigon VII will now be displayed at the Maison des étudiants (Student House). In her opinion, it is only natural that this sculpture has found a home here, considering the commonalities between her artistic approach, which is largely inspired by the industrial world, and the mission that ÉTS has adopted.
The acquisition of this work of art is reflective of the Programme d’intégration des arts et de la culture de l’ÉTS (ÉTS artistic and cultural integration program), and it will be included in the second edition of the ÉTS Catalogue des œuvres d’arts (catalogue of art works), to be published in 2022.