The Exhibition of Works by Progressive Artists
Dr Karolina Zychowicz writes about the 1954 exhibition organized by the Central Bureau of Art Exhibitions in cooperation with the Committee for Cultural Cooperation with Foreign Countries.
“The preparation of the exhibition of works by Katarzyna Kobro (1898–1951) and Władysław Strzemiński (1893–1952) was a complicated affair with a number of surprising turns of events.” — this is how professor Iwona Luba begins her elaboration on the 1957 exhibition of the famous pair of avant-garde artists.
‘My entire “secret” is about the combination of individual elements, threads, colours, the type of material. […]. The black of matte wool is different from the black of shiny silk, the whites of hemp, raw sheep’s fleece or a clothesline, and that is what I use for my textiles.’ Karolina Zychowicz writes about the artist’s exhibition at Zachęta in 1965.
The exhibition by Robert Maciejuk and Honza Zamojski was the culmination of their long-term cooperation and friendship. Despite formal differences, both artists have more in common than that which divides them. A sense of humor and a large dose of self-irony allow them to distance themselves from their creative work.
One of the main aims of C&N was to present the work of a person suffering from neurological disability. The heroine of the second edition of the conference was the Czech artist Iveta Pilařová, who presented her life with multiple sclerosis in a very personal way.
“The introduction by Helena Krajewska published in the catalog situates the exhibition in a series of propaganda-promoting events organized by KWKZ (Committee for Cultural Cooperation with Foreign Countries)” writes Stanisław Welbel.
One of the exhibitions goals was to “authenticate the thesis that the aesthetics of Socialist Realism were a logical consequence of realistic trends that had been developing for centuries in people’s democracies”.
‘Waterbull (1945), a Pollock painting owned by the Stedelijk since 1950, was sent to Warsaw. The work constituted the artist’s answer to Picasso’s Guernica, travelling around the US from 1939‘
The exhibition consisted of seven films by outstanding artists, showing the earth’s and human’s condition, what we lose and what we desire, as well as the effects of different varieties of alienation that we experience globally today.