The Artistry exhibition at the Art Museum Riga Bourse will showcase a selection of the best of Polish sculptures from the 20th century, courtesy of the Centre of Polish Sculpture in Orońsko. Several dozen sculptures, installations and videos will be made available to the public in Riga.
The Artistry: 100 Years of Polish Sculpture, on show at the Art Museum Riga Bourse from 26th January to 15th April 2018, showcases a hundred years of Polish sculpture in honour of the centenary of Poland regaining its independence.
Out of almost 2000 works from the Centre of Polish Sculpture in Orońsko’s collection, several dozen sculptures, objects, installations and videos are on display in Riga. Figurative sculptures are displayed alongside abstract and conceptual works. Thanks to the courtesy of the Tatra Museum in Zakopane, the exhibition also presents examples of Polish formism – a trend combining sculpture traditions from the Podhale region with the European Avant-garde tendencies.
The exhibition includes the works of such artists as: Magdalena Abakanowicz, Paweł Althamer, Ewa Axelrad, Sylwester Ambroziak, Mirosław Bałka, Krzysztof M. Bednarski, Michalina Bigaj, Tatiana Czekalska and Leszek Golec, Zbigniew Gostomski, Wojciech Fangor, Miłosz Flis, Władysław Hasior, Jerzy Jarnuszkiewicz, Marek Kijewski and Małgorzata Malinowska 'Kocur', Katarzyna Kobro, Bartosz Kokosiński, Jarosław Kozakiewicz, Edward Krasiński, Piotr Kurka, Natalia Lach-Lachowicz, Artur Malewski, Daria Malicka, Sławoj Ostrowski, Jarosław Perszko, Marta Pszonak, Maciej Szańkowski, Karol Szostak, Martyna Szwinta, August Zamoyski, Barbara Zbrożyna and students of the School of the Timber Industry.
The presentation of the collection will be accompanied by Róża Fabjanowska and Sławomir Malcharek’s film about the Centre of Polish Sculpture. It tells the story of this artistic sanctuary situated in the 19th-century estate belonging to Józef Brandt.
The exhibition will be accompanied by an educational programme and a seminar devoted to Polish modernist and contemporary sculpture which will be held in late February 2018 in Riga.
Exhibition curator: Eulalia Domanowska
Co-operation: Henryk Gac
The exhibition was co-organised with the Tatra Museum in Zakopane and the Polish History Museum in Warsaw. The exhibition was organised in partnership with the Adam Mickiewicz Institute, under its flagship brand Culture.pl, as part of its North-South programme.
Sources: culture.pl, rzezba-oronsko.pl, compiled by KA, translated by MS, Jan 2018