A retrospective of 50 watercolours by Nikifor Krynicki, one of the world’s greatest naïve art painters, will be on view in several museums in the USA including Chicago, Springfield MO and Amherst NY.
Every painting comes from a collection gathered by Alfons Karny, the well-known Polish sculptor and Nikifor's good friend. The exhibition will be presented at the Peter and Elizabeth C. Tower Gallery at Daemen College in Amherst, NY. Then from 23rd October to 15th January 2016, it will be shown at the Polish Museum of America in Chicago, before moving to the Meyer Library Gallery in Springfield, Missouri.
The exhibitions are funded by Daemen College, the Polish Museum of America, and the Sculpture Museum of Aldefons Karny in Białystok.
The aim of the exhibition is to introduce Nikifor and his outsider art to an American audience, including academics and the USA’s Polish community. They may have already become familiar with Nikifor and his unusual life through recent feature film My Nikifor, by acclaimed Polish director Krzysztof Krauze. The film will also be screened during the opening exhibitions at each venue. Considered a masterpiece, this 2004 biopic was given awards for best film, best director and best actor at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival in the Czech Republic.
Initially dismissed as a village idiot in his health-resort hometown of Krynica Gorska, Epifaniusz Drowniak was a physically and mentally-handicapped painter who eventually became known as Nikifor Krynicki (1895-1968), one of the most highly regarded naïve painters in the world. His small paintings, mostly watercolours and gouaches, in which he combined realistic observations with his own emotions, were painted on pieces of cardboard and paper as well as notebook covers. Some of his most recognised works include Cerkiew o Zachodzie Slonca ("A Church at Sunset"), Fragment Architektury Miejskiej ("A View of Town Architecture"), Na Przechadzce ("Taking a Walk"), and Święci na Drodze ("Saints on the Road").
The Nikifor Exhibition
Polish Museum of America
984 N. Milwaukee Avenue
Chicago, IL 60642
Sources: PAP, Culture.pl, compiled by ND, edited by AZ, Sept 2015