Maria Anto

07.11.2017 – 04.02.2018 Maria Anto

Zachęta – National Gallery of Art

curator: Michał Jachuła
cooperation: Katarzyna Kołodziej

Maria Anto’s exhibition at the Zachęta will be the first such extensive review of the artist’s paintings since her death in 2007. Focusing on her works in the 1960s and 1970s, it features about 60 paintings (individual and collective portraits, animal presentations, allegorical scenes and landscapes), as well as drawings and selected archival materials.

The artist’s work follows in the footsteps of the tradition of surrealism – metaphorical painting, naïve art, illustrative fantasy and fairy-tale characters – which have always been imbued with mystery and an atmosphere of uncanniness. As a professional painter, as far back as the beginning of her creative career, she consciously drew upon naïve art. She ignored current artistic tendencies as well as the principles of realistic imagery to the same degree, instead devoting herself to figurative art, combining imagination, memories, and everyday life. From today’s perspective, Maria Anto’s art from her most important and mature period seems to form an exceptionally original, separate position in art. Her paintings are an unprecedented presence on the Polish scene, and the artist created a huge collection of works, achieving an undisputed individualism as a painter.

The exhibition and accompanying publication will re-discover not only Maria Anto’s art, but also present issues in the artistic practice of this woman-painter, who successfully worked in a male-dominated environment for several decades.


Artist's works in the Zachęta collection

  • Zdjęcie pracy Return
    ReturnMaria Anto1967
  • Zdjęcie pracy Evening Walk
    Evening WalkMaria Anto1972
  • Zdjęcie pracy Białowieża After a Year
    Białowieża After a YearMaria Anto1974
  • Zdjęcie pracy Still Life at Night
    Still Life at NightMaria Anto1979
  • Zdjęcie pracy Winter Landscape
    Winter LandscapeMaria Anto1980
Previous exhibition
  • Grafika do wystawy Maria Anto
    10.01 – 30.01.1966
    Maria Anto
    Zachęta Centralne Biuro Wystaw ArtystycznychZachęta Centralne Biuro Wystaw Artystycznych
Related media
  • Grafika obiektu: Zachęta. November, December 2017, January 2018
    mediateka / folders / Texts
    Zachęta. November, December 2017, January 2018
  • Grafika obiektu: Maria Anto
    mediateka / posters
    Maria Anto
  • Grafika obiektu: Maria Anto
    mediateka / posters
    Maria Anto
  • Książki
    35,00 złMaria Anto. Malarka (only in Polish)
  • Katalogi
    5,00 złZachęta - November, December 2017, January 2018


Maria Anto
07.11.2017 – 04.02.2018

Zachęta – National Gallery of Art
pl. Małachowskiego 3, 00-916 Warsaw
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Godziny otwarcia:
Tuesday – Sunday 12–8 p.m.
Thursday – free entry
ticket office is open until 7.30 p.m.