Rubens, Degas & Mirczak: Major New Exhibition in York
small, Rubens, Degas & Mirczak: Major New Exhibition in York, Katarzyna Mirczak, photo from her 2010 series Special Signs, a tattoo from the Collegium Medicum series of Jagiellonian University, photo: courtesy of, mirczak katarzyna znaki specjalne 2_6092871.jpg
Special Signs by Kasia Mirczak is on display in York Art Gallery in the UK, alongside paintings by Rubens and Degas, as part of the Flesh exhibition which runs from 23rd September to 19th March 2017.
The exhibition’s title is a topic which connects all of the featured artworks. The eight works by Katarzyna Mirczak presented consist of photos of 19th-century fragments of human skin with tattoos immersed in formalin, from her Special Signs series. Mirczak’s project has attracted recognition from audiences and critics before, and it was shown at the 2010 Paris Photo Festival.
The main idea behind the exhibition is a meeting between masters of past eras and the most interesting contemporary artists. The thematic axis is based on a wide conception of the body and flesh. Its organisers focused not only on human flesh but on animal too, both still alive and already dead, and the abstract, imaginative, mysterious, and odd. A variety of media linked with the diverse spectrum of this topic – from sculpture to video materials – is featured.
The exhibition is arranged throughout five rooms. The most important of them is dedicated to the varied ways of presenting skin and the body's external appearance. This room features works by famous artists such as Francis Bacon, John Coplans, and Lucien Freud.
The works on display come from both private and public institutions, and include well-known masterpieces painted by P. P. Rubens (Ceres and Two Nymphs) and Edgar Degas (Dance Studio).
Katarzyna Mirczak is a photographer who started her career whilst studying archaeology at the Jagiellonian University. She left her studies and devoted herself to photography. She is interested in the topics of crime, exclusion, punishment and evidences of existence. Read more about Katarzyna Mirczak here.
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Source: York Art Gallery, edited by DS, 29th Sept 2016