Heir of the Avant-garde is the first monographic exhibition of a Polish photographer to be on display at the prestigious Henri Cartier-Bresson Foundation in Paris.
In the post-war period, Zbigniew Dłubak (1921–2005) was one of the driving forces behind the profound changes in the Polish artistic scene. Beside experimenting with numerous photographic forms, he was also a painter, an art theoretician, teacher and editor of Fotografia magazine for twenty years, introducing into this publication a robust photographic critique and interdisciplinary approach to the medium. He enjoyed a certain notoriety in Poland during his lifetime. Several monographic exhibitions were dedicated to him and some of his major works are part of Polish public collections.
Curated by Karolina Ziębińska-Lewandowska, a specialist in Dłubak’s work, the selection in Paris presents iconic works and hitherto unseen photographs. The subjects of Zbigniew Dłubak's pictures are often shot in extreme close-up and out of focus rendering the viewer's task of identifying the object of the photograph difficult. The aim of these experiments was to distract the viewer from perceiving images in a habitual and routine way. Dłubak presented his experimental work with photography in post-World War II Poland which was dominated by pictorialism, sightseeing and native traditions. His art and theoretical texts were truly unique and he continues to influence generations.
The Heir of the Avant-garde exhibition will be on display at the Henri Cartier-Bresson Foundation in Paris until 28th April 2018.
The exhibition is being organised in collaboration with the Fundacja Archeologia Fotografii in Warsaw, where the artist’s archives are kept, the Polish Institute in Paris and the Adam Mickiewicz Institute, operating under its flagship brand Culture.pl, as part of POLSKA 100, the international cultural programme accompanying the centenary of Poland regaining independence.
Financed by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage of the Republic of Poland as part of the multi-annual programme NIEPODLEGŁA 2017-2021.
Sources: culture.pl, centre-polonais.fr, compiled by MS, Jan 2018
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