The outdoor exhibition presents a grand-scale series of portraits of world-class Polish artists and thinkers captured by Czapliński's lens. Out of a collection of several thousand photographs, Czapliński selected 180 portraits of 72 individuals - from Magdalena Abakanowicz and Wisława Szymborska to Roman Polański and Tadeusz Różewicz.
The main theme behind the show is to highlight those personalities whose accomplishments have enriched the cultural capital of both Poland and all of contemporary Europe. Czesław Czapliński's works are a testament to a sort of continental solidarity, bringing together all of the nation's cultural ambassador's together in celebration of their life and works.
Featured artists include: Magdalena Abakanowicz, Stanisław Barańczak, Kazimierz Brandys, Ewa Braun, Ernest Bryll, Roman Cieślewicz, Krzesimir Dębski, Tadeusz Dominik, Edward Dwurnik, Stasys Eidrigevicius, Wojciech Fangor, Jerzy Ficowski, Stefan Gierowski, Janusz Głowacki, Henryk Mikołaj Górecki, Jerzy Grotowski, Adam Hanuszkiewicz, Edward Hartwig, Julia Hartwig, Jerzy Hoffman, Agnieszka Holland, Sławomir Idziak, Krystyna Janda, Tadeusz Kantor, Ryszard Kapuściński, Jerzy Kawalerowicz, Krzysztof Kieślowski, Wojciech Kilar, Leszek Kołakowski, Tadeusz Konwicki, Hanna Krall, Ewa Kuryluk, Jan Lebenstein, Stanisław Lem, Daniel Libeskind, Tadeusz Łomnicki, Olgierd Łukasiewicz, Witold Lutosławski, Lech Majewski, Czesław Miłosz, Igor Mitoraj, Czesław Niemen, Marek Nowakowski, Jerzy Nowosielski, Rafał Olbiński, Roman Opałka, Agnieszka Osiecka, Krzysztof Penderecki, Jerzy Pilch, Roman Polański, Tadeusz Różewicz, Zbigniew Rybczyński, Wilhelm Sasnal, Andrzej Seweryn, Jerzy Skolimowski, Tomasz Stańko, Franciszek Starowieyski, Allan Starski, Henryk Stażewski, Jerzy Stuhr, Józef Szajna, Wisława Szymborska, Leon Tarasewicz, Leopold Tyrmand, Jan Twardowski, Andrzej Wajda, Małgorzata Walewska, Krzysztof Warlikowski, Józef Wilkoń, Wanda Wiłkomirska, Adam Zagajewski, Krzysztof Zanussi, Krystian Zimerman, Teresa Żylis-Gara.
The exhibition is on show 24-hours-a-day along the Royal Route in Aleje Jerozolimskie, starting at the Belvedere Palace and stretching to the park's Botanical Garden.
The exhibition is accompanied by a DVD catalogue prepared by the Museum of the Royal Łazienki Park, with a selection of portraits from the exhibition and variations on the hymn of Europe composed by Krzesimir Dębski, as well as a previews of the film "Bitwy Warszawskiej 1920" in 3D and Czesław Czapliński's "Czarne i białe w kolorze", which demonstrates the process of photographing his subjects.
Curator: Władysław Serwatowski.
The opening gala of the exhibition takes place at the Museum of the Royal Łazienki Park on the 30th of June 30, 2011 at 18:00.
On the 1st of July 1, 2011 at 10:00 in the morning, the President of Poland Bronisław Komorowski leads the official opening ceremony, which comes one day before the launch of the Polish Presidency of the EU Council. The exhibition runs through the 15th of December 2011.
Source: press materials