Katarzyna Kobro, "Spatial Composition 4", 1929, photo: Museum of Art in Łódź
Bringing together textiles, images, sculptures, photos, photomontage, films, architectural models, furniture, works of scenography, posters, books and magazines, this exhibition presents, for the first time in Spain, Polish constructivism as a cogent and comprehensive movement
Polish avant-garde works by such artists as Katarzyna Kobro and Władysław Strzeminski from the collection of Łódź Museum of Art are on show at the Circulo de Bellas Artes in Madrid.
The exhibition presents the achievements of Polish avant garde artists of the late 1920s and 1930s. The show makes a point in atempying to highlight, on the one hand, the parallelism of Polish and European modernist avant-garde, and on the other, to show independence and uniqueness of its major accomplishments, such as Strzemiński's unism theory, 'spatial compositions' by Kobro, functional printing, fhoto-montage, etc.. The exhibition includes works from the collection of Muzeum sztuki including those by Kobro, Strzemiński, Henryk Stażewski, Stefan Themerson, Mieczysław Berman, Janusz Maria Brzeski, Wanda Chodasiewicz-Grabowska, Tytus Czyżewski, Karol Hiller i Stefan Wegner.
Museum of Art in Łódź is the second oldest - after the Museum of Modern Art in New York - institution collecting and promoting modern art. The collection of Łódź's Muzeum Sztuki is unique in the world as it came about thanks only to donations from artists. In effect, the Museum boasts a collection of various artists from many different circles, including Cubism, Futurism, Dadaism, Surrealism and Unism.
The exhibition "Un Mundo Construido: Polonia 1918-1939" was organized by Circulo de Bellas Artes and Muzeum Sztuki in Łódź with support from the Adam Mickiewicz Institute in Warsaw, Polish Institute in Madrid and the Fundación Ciudad Cultural Córdoba.
Curators: Dr. Juan Manuel Bonet and Paul Kurc (Museum of Art in Łódź).