‘Some people are like hills’ is an exhibition of works by some of the most outstanding artists of Polish post-war art from the collection of Anna and Jerzy Starak. The title of the exhibition is taken from what is described as one of the most important texts of the 20th century, Guillaume Apollinaire’s poem ‘The Hills’, understood as a prophecy of the impending ‘new world’ and new art. The presentation opens with a series of gouaches by Andrzej Wróblewski, where the artist illustrated individual verses of the work.
The exhibition features pieces by such artists as Magdalena Abakanowicz, Jan Berdyszak, Jan Dobkowski, Wojciech Fangor, Stanisław Fijałkowski, Stefan Gierowski, Maria Jarema, Tadeusz Kantor, Katarzyna Kobro, Ewa Kuryluk, Danuta Lewandowska, Jerzy Nowosielski, Roman Opałka, Teresa Pągowska, Maria Pinińska-Bereś, Erna Rosenstein, Kajetan Sosnowski, Henryk Stażewski, Władysław Strzemiński, Alina Szapocznikow, Teresa Tyszkiewicz, Ryszard Winiarski and Andrzej Wróblewski.
The presentation is also a summary of 10 years of Spectra Art Space, an organisation based on a programme by the curator Ania Muszyńska.
Why does the Foundation need an attorney? With this question, we started a conversation with Wojciech Jarosiński, a lawyer who supports us and represents us in legal matters.
Our cooperation, initiated more than 10 years ago, started with the developing of a system for the protection of the artist’s image and related copyrights, working out and establishing standards of cooperation in numerous initiatives – including publications, exhibitions, scientific research, artistic projects and educational projects. This is a good time to thank him for this enormous contribution.
Why does the Foundation, not being the owner of a painting that has been in the collection of the National Museum since the 1960s, holds the copyright to it? What made it possible for the Foundation to protect Andrzej Wróblewski’s oeuvre? These are some of the other aspects that were explained during the conversation.
‘Collage – bonded worlds’ exhibition at the Four Domes Pavilion consists of almost 130 works by more than 60 outstanding Polish and foreign artists, including the only collage by Robert Rauschenberg to be found in a Polish public collection.
The selection of works made in this unique and very diverse technique is an attempt to illustrate 150 years of collage history. The exhibition features works by artists such as Tadeusz Kantor, Zofia Rydet, Marian Warzecha, Max Ernst, Kurt Schwitters, Jiři Kolář, Henryk Stażewski, Maria Pinińska-Bereś and Andrzej Wróblewski with his work ‘[Composition-Collage no. 959]’.
‘The creators of collages are keen to play a game with the viewer, sometimes confusing leads, at other times providing the solution to a problem straight away. They often use fragments of reproductions of iconic works of art, create uncanny spaces, and arrange unusual encounters. Anything is possible here, and the boundaries are set only by the imagination of the artist and the viewer’ says exhibition curator Anna Chmielarz.
‘On the Trail of Excellence. Selected Works from the Collection of Wojciech Fibak’ is an exhibition presenting works of the most important Polish artists of the second half of the 20th and early 21st centuries. At the State Art Gallery in Sopot, works by Magdalena Abakanowicz, Jan Berdyszak, Agata Bogacka, Wojciech Fangor, Stanislaw Fijałkowski, Stefan Gierowski, Teresa Pągowska, Wilhelm Sasnal, Henryk Stażewski, as well as Andrzej Wróblewski are presented – a monumental sketch to Executions is on display.
The concept of the exhibition was built on the basis of juxtapositions entering with each other, and with the viewer, into unexpected, multithreaded relations. The exhibition shows the orbit of the collector’s tastes, and his changing world of interests. The selection of works from Wojciech Fibak’s collection is largely a reflection of the face of Polish post-war art and its transformations. The exhibition is curated by Cezary Pieczyński.
The Dark Arts: Aleksandra Waliszewska and the Symbolism from the East and North is an exhibition of works by Aleksandra Wieliszewska at the Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw. The exhibition also features artworks by artists from Eastern Europe and the Baltic countries – including two works by Andrzej Wróblewski: [Three Tombstones] and (Museum), [Collective Scene No. 987]. The exhibition will run until 2 October 2022.
The Circus exhibition at the Xawery Dunikowski Museum of Sculpture in Warsaw is the result of research conducted by curator Katarzyna Szydłowska into, among others, of the collection of the National Museum in Warsaw. The exhibition features more than 100 works of both modern and contemporary art with a circus theme. Among them is a work by Andrzej Wróblewski – (Zampano IV), inspired by the protagonist of Federico Fellini’s film La strada.
Our exhibition and the accompanying publication ‘Andrzej Wróblewski. Waiting Room’, organised jointly with Moderna galerija in Ljubljana and the Adam Mickiewicz Institute, was awarded the prestigious Feliks Jasieński Award ‘Collecting – Science and Popularisation’ in the institution category for the presentation of a collection. We are extremely proud and would like to thank the jury for acknowledging our work!
To mark the centenary of Tadeusz Różewicz’s birth, the exhibition “Różewicz and Paintings” was opened at the Opera Gallery in the Teatr Wielki – Polish National Opera. The curator of the exhibition, Marcin Fedisz, has selected painters and their works in such a way as to illustrate the poet’s long-standing friendships with the artistic community. The exhibition features works by such artists as Tadeusz Brzozowski, Maria Jarema, Ewa Kierska, Aleksander Kobzdej, Tadeusz Makowski, Kazimierz Mikulski, Jerzy Nowosielski, Jonasz Stern, Stasys Eidrigevičius, Jerzy Tchórzewski and Andrzej Wróblewski.
The paintings of these artists have been complemented by the words of Różewicz. Thanks to the cooperation with the Andrzej Wróblewski Foundation, the exhibition features seven works on paper by the artist. Some of them are sketches for Executions and “Mother with a Dead Child” – some of them have not been exhibited before and are known only from publications. These drawings show subsequent stages of Wróblewski’s thinking about the cycle of Shootings, they also show the artist’s unrealized ideas.