Forever Young is a traveling exhibition launched in 2012 by the National Museum in Kraków. It is now on display at the Vilnius Picture Gallery and will be on until 31st January 2016. The exhibition is dedicated to the Young Poland era, a period around 1900 which still fascinates art lovers.
At the turn of the century, Kraków was the cradle of art as well as the centre of the most active intellectual and artistic activities. Back then, the National Museum in Kraków experienced dynamic expansion and gathered a numerous collection of Young Poland artworks. The exhibition in Vilnius shows almost all the exhibits from this rich collection
The vast majority of the works presented were created by artists based in Kraków. There will be paintings on display by Olga Boznańska, Julian Fałat, Aleksander Gierymski, Konrad Krzyżanowski, Jacek Malczewski, Józef Mehoffer, Władysław Podkowiński, Ferdynand Ruszczyc, Jan Stanisławski, Włodzimierz Tetmajer, Wojciech Weiss, Witold Wojtkiewicz, Leon Wyczółkowski; and sculptures by Xawery Dunikowski, Konstanty Laszczka and Wacław Szymanowski. The exhibition will be complemented by the works of Polish Masters in Engraving and Graphic Arts, which includes Konstanty Brandel, Charles Frycz, Józef Mehoffer, Józef Pankiewicz, Władysław Skoczylas, Jan Stanisławski, Wojciech Weiss, Witold Wojtkiewicz, Leon Wyczółkowski and the best examples of Applied Art.
Forever Young! Poland and its Art around 1900 reflects artistic themes that are still important today. It is all about symbolism and the ability to render additional meanings and emotions, as well as an evocative atmosphere. The works are rarely based on pure realism and the artists' states of mind are always visible, strongly influencing the viewer. They are also associated with the neo-romantic perception of rural environments, folk motifs, and national identity.
The exhibition's curator Krystyna Kulig-Janarek said:
Kraków was a place where the new Art was born which focused on revaluation of philosophical-cultural values at the turn of the 19th and 20th centuries […]; the Art which focused not only on the overstatement of the achievements of predecessors, the openness to new influences, but also on the extensive range of artistic activities and attitudes. […] Despite apathy and disorder brought at the end of 19th century, we can see the dynamic vitality of the events in the Art of “Young Poland”. In those days, the artists, having chosen the right to freedom, individuality and subjectivity, desired to create works that were independent from strict provisions valid for these times.
All the exhibits are presented in the same way as they were in Kraków. There are spaces for works presenting landscapes, portraits and self-portraits of artists and their models, folk themes, artistic daily life; but also for applied art such as prints, textiles, ceramics, metal crafts, and posters.
Forever Young! Poland and Its Art Around 1900
29 October 2015 – 31 January 2016
Vilnius Picture Gallery
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