COLLECTIONS Centre of Polish Sculpture in Orońsko, Zachęta – National Gallery of Art
19.02 – 31.07.2019 COLLECTIONS Centre of Polish Sculpture in Orońsko, Zachęta – National Gallery of Art
curators: Joanna Egit-Pużyńska, Anna Podsiadły, Henryk Gac
artists: Sylwester Ambroziak, Janina Barcicka, Andrzej Bednarczyk, Krzysztof M. Bednarski, Jan Berdyszak, Tomasz Ciecierski, Jan Cykowski, Tomasz Domański
Edward Dwurnik, Wojciech Fangor, Miłosz Flis, Jerzy Fober, Ryszard Grzyb, Jacek Jagielski, Jerzy Jarnuszkiewicz, Kijewski/Kocur, Piotr Kurka, Paweł Kowalewski, Grzegorz Kowalski, Alicja Kwade, Jarosław Modzelewski, Włodzimierz Pawlak
Urszula Pieregończuk, Marta Pszonak, Adolf Ryszka, Marek Sobczyk, Maciej Szańkowski, Tomasz Tatarczyk, Magdalena Więcek-Wnuk, Ryszard Woźniak, Krzysztof Zarębski, Jacek Ziemiński, Andrzej Zwierzchowski, Sofie Żezmer
exhibition opening: 19 February 2019 (Tuesday), 6 pm, NFM, foyer -1
Building a collection of art is a process that, like art itself, is subject to constant transformation and periodic verification. The pride of many cultural institutions in Poland – museums, art centres, foundations – is the legacy of many generations of artists, successively collected for its sharing, popularisation and promotion. Fragments of individual collections, put together in different configurations, in different spaces and locations, allow a new look at the collection as an open system and dialogue of artefacts with what is up-to-date, current and at the top.
The exhibition prepared by the Center of Polish Sculpture in Orońsko and Zachęta – National Gallery of Art in Warsaw, based on the collections of both institutions, presents works by outstanding, canonical artists and significant artists of the young and middle generation, active within various tendencies and artistic trends. The show is a representative collection of Polish art of the second half of the 20th century and the beginning of our century.
From among many thousands of works, the curators selected nearly sixty exhibits, including full sculptures, spatial objects and installations, a video from the Orońsko collection and large-format oil and tempera paintings from the Zachęta collection.
The presentation is built, among others, of abstract and conceptual art, as well as works representing figurative, postmodern and expressive tendencies inspired by pop-art, which is a reaction to the new reality and the economic and cultural situation in our country after 1989. Some of them derive from their authors’ interest in the current phenomena of contemporary culture, while others are isolated from prevailing fashions or trends.