fundacja andrzeja wróblewskiego

I want to step out myself, go beyond, achieve the impossible, fulfil an unprecedented task, realise a vision, create an absolutely convincing painting, build it with decisions. A.W.



“Perspective of Adolescence. Szapocznikow – Wróblewski – Wajda.” in the Muzeum Śląskie in Katowice has never been shown before. The exhibition, whose originator and curator is Anda Rottenberg, looks at the work of three representatives of the “war-infected” generation: the painter Andrzej Wróblewski (1927–1957), the sculptor Alina Szapocznikow (1926–1973) and the film director Andrzej Wajda (1926–2016). The common element which connects their work are similar experiences related to the time and place of their adolescence: the Second World War in occupied Poland. What they witnessed and what they went through marked their lives and their work in a very singular way.

The exhibition comprises around 70 paintings, gouaches and drawings by Andrzej Wroblewski, from museums as well as private collections. Among them there are works such as Chauffeur, Execution, (Execution II, Poznań Execution), gouaches like (Bust), (Head in Red and Blue), (Conversation). Alina Szapocznikow’s work is represented by sculptures such as “Vowels” and “Untitled”. Andrzej Wajda’s work is shown through fragments of his fourteen films from 1955-2016 and photos, film posters and sketches.

The exhibition is open until 30 September.

Muzeum Śląskie, Dobrowolskiego 1, 40-205 Katowice


61. death anniversary of Andrzej Wroblewski


March 23 was the sixty-first anniversary of Andrzej Wroblewski’s death. This year it coincides with a special event: an individual exhibition of over 40 works in the David Zwirner Gallery in London. The exhibition includes famous works like Mother with Dead Child, two interpretations of Chauffeur and other less known works on paper.
The exhibition lasts until 14 April 2018.


Wroblewski’s creative work – one of the topics during International conference in Bucharest


Magdalena Ziolkowska (PhD), co-founder and president of Andrzej Wroblewski’s Foundation, was one of the speakers during the international conference “Rhetorics of War in the Arts (1917-2017)” in Bucharest. The subject of the talk was an analysis of Wroblewski’s series of Executions, works related to the German occupation during World War II.

The conference organized by Institutul de Istoria Artei took place in Bucharest on 5-6 October and was devoted to the rhetoric of war in art, from modernism to the present time.




From 6 August until 12 November the National Museum in Poznań hosts “The Cracks of Freedom – Polish art between 1945 and 1948/1949”, an exhibition which comprises, among others, five works by Andrzej Wroblewski.

Among the presented works of the artist there are known (famous?) paintings from the permanent exhibition of the National Museum in Poznań, such as Execution with a Boy (Execution V) from 1949, Emotional Content of the Revolution from 1948 and the often reproduced gouache (Mountains), [Mountains no. 1212].

For the first time since 1960s the visitors can see [Sketch for Executions, Executions with nine persons] from 1949 with [Landscape with black sun] on the back. These works belong to the National Museum in Poznań.

The exhibiton has three sections: The time of still-life, War/war, Abstraction and Surrealism. Its curator is Wlodzimierz Nowaczyk.

The exhibition is accompanied by a meeting program available on:



After the exhibition “Andrzej Wroblewski: Recto/Verso 1948-1949, 1956-1957” in the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía in Madrid the “Morning news” series is again travelling abroad. From 10 June 2017 the artist’s works from the series are shown on the 14th edition of Documenta in Kassel.

“Morning news” includes six works made in ink in 1953. They were inspired by the death of Joseph Stalin. Besides Spain, the works were presented in 1953 during the first exhibition of caricature and in the National Museum in Cracow during the “Andrzej Wroblewski. Constantly looking ahead” exhibition at the turn of 2012 and 2013.

The Documenta 14 in Kassel, during which the visitors can also see Wroblewski’s other series “Flood in the Netherlands” lasts from 10 June until 17 September 2017.



During the second part of Documenta 14, which begins in Kassel on 10 June 2017, visitors can see 15 works on paper: two series from 1953 “Flood in the Netherlands” and “Morning news”, which are in private collections and the painting Surrealist Execution, (Execution VIII) from 1949, which belongs to the National Museum in Warsaw.

Documenta is one of the greatest exhibitions of modern art in the world. By the decision of its artistic director, Adam Szymczyk, it takes place in two locations: in Kassel (the customary location) and for the first time in Athens. Documenta 14 in Greece will last until 16 July, in Kassel from 10 June until 17 September 2017.

Documenta is held since 1955, every five years in Kassel, Germany. The initiator of the exhibition was the artist and curator Arnold Bode. Each exhibition lasts exactly 100 days.

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The fourteenth edition of Documenta comprises two of Andrzej Wroblewski’s works – Mother with dead child 1949, from Grazyna Kulczyk’s collection, and Execution against a wall, (Execution IV) 1949, from the Polish Army Museum in Warsaw. The exhibition is titled “Learning from Athens” and will last until 16 July.

For the first time in history Documenta takes place not only in Kassel, but also in Athens. The curator of the exhibition emphasizes that the Greek location is a symbolic point on the borders between Europe, Asia and Africa. The mastermind behind the new location is the festival’s artistic director, Adam Szymczak. Andrzej Wróblewski is one of 160 international artists whose works can be seen in more than 40 places in Athens: in cinemas, libraries and also in the open air. Adam Szymczak also chose some other Polish artists and their works, such as Erna Rosenstein’s canvases, Alina Szapocznikow’s sculptures as well as Artur Żmijewski’s and Piotr Uklański’s works.

Documenta is held since 1955, every five years in Kassel, Germany. The initiator of the exhibition was the artist and curator Arnold Bode. Each exhibition lasts exactly 100 days.

The second part of of Documenta 14 opens in Kassel on 10 June and will last until 17 September 2017.

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23 March 2017 was the 60th anniversary of Andrzej Wróblewski’s tragic death. He died in the Tatra Mountains and was buried in the Salwator cemetery in Cracow.

The artist wrote in a letter to his wife, “Now I don’t need death, I always carry it with me, tiredness or weather changes are enough to feel it in my chest.” ‘Andrzej Wróblewski nieznany’, ed. J. Michalski, Kraków 1993.


Farewell, 1953, woodcut, 8 x 6 cm.



The Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts in collaboration with the BOZAR Centre for Fine Arts (Brussels), ZKM|Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe, the ROSIZO State Museum and Exhibition Centre, present the exhibition “Facing the Future: Art in Europe 1945–1968” (07.03 – 21.05.2017). This project, unique in its scale, has lasted for two years and has been showcased in Brussels and Karlsruhe. Despite alterations of the display from one exhibition to another, the general concept remains the same: it is a perspective outlook on the post-war art and culture of East and West Europe seen as integral artistic scenery, created by artists of different countries no matter their political commitment.

The exhibition “Facing the future: Art in Europe 1945–1968” features nearly 200 artworks from 18 European countries and the Russian Federation (i.e. former Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic). The museums which provided artworks for the exhibition include Tate Modern (London), Centre national d’art et de culture Georges Pompidou (Paris), Nationalgalerie (Berlin), Stedelijk Museum (Amsterdam), Museée national Picasso (Paris), Museum Thyssen-Bornemisza (Madrid), “ZERO” Foundation (Dusseldorf), Fondation Beyeler (Riehen / Basel), MUMOK (Vienna), Museum of Independents (Warsaw), Museum Tinguely (Basel), Magyar Nemzeti Galéria (Budapest), Muzeum Narodowe w Krakowie, Olomouc Museum of Art (Czech Republic), Kunsthalle Emden (Germany) and others.

At the exhibition was shown [Still life with a Head and Paraffin Lamp], 1954, an oil painting by Andrzej Wroblewski.

Curators: Dr. Eckhart Gillen, independent Curator (Berlin), Prof. Peter Weibel, Head of ZKM|Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe, Danila Bulatov (The Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts).

The exhibition is accompanied by an educational festival Thaw: Facing the Future organized in cooperation with partner museums.

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07.03 – 21.05.2017
Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts, Moscow
12 Volkhonka
Moscow, Russia

More information about the international project Trauma & Revival

Based on information from the organizer.


Wróblewski works at the exhibition dedicated to Tadeusz Różewicz


Andrzej Wróblewski, “Illustration to Różewicz [Ilustration to the poem ‘The Plains’ by Różewicz”; undated; ink, paper; private collection.

In the multilayered narrative of the exhibition “A Poet Departs. Tadeusz Różewicz” at the Adam Mickiewicz Museum of Literature (24 November 2016 – 30 June 2017) we turn to poetry, drama, prose, and personal notes by Tadeusz Różewicz himself. Our protagonist is neither a lyrical subject nor an abstract “I”, but rather a specific individual in the course of his life and contacts with others.
It is difficult to sum up the Poet who permanently transformed the face of Polish poetry and playwriting, and is considered one of the most brilliant writers of our time. The exhibition is the story of an artist who, faced with the dramatic dilemmas of the contemporary world – a crisis of values, the spiritual decomposition of culture into a waste heap, the cacophony of information overload – points out the snares and searches for some means of rescue. It is art that became his means of survival, that helped him search for meaning, that helped him reconstruct the ethical and metaphysical dimensions in the world depicted in his poems. The works of outstanding artists shown in the exhibition (e.g. Jerzy Nowosielski, Jerzy Tchórzewski, Andrzej Wróblewski) are essential testimony to the deep personal relationships of a Poet who shunned the “traps” of the literary circles.
Curators: Małgorzata Wichowska, Małgorzata Górzyńska

“This is an exhibition Tadeusz Różewicz would surely have visited before its launch; then he would visit it several weeks later. As was his way, he would certainly not be present at the opening.”
Jacek Łukasiewicz

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24.11.2016 – 30.06.2017
Adam Mickiewicz Museum of Literature
Rynek Starego Miasta 20
00-272 Warszawa

Based on information from the organizer.