On 12th February 2016 Museo Reina Sofia in Madrid will host the premiere of Wróblewski According to Wajda, Andrzej Wajda’s new documentary. The film is a co-production of Adam Mickiewicz Institute / Culture.pl and Amulet Films, in partnership with Andrzej Wróblewski Foundation.
Polish premiere of the documentary is planned for 9th March, during the celebration of Andrzej Wajda's 90th birthday The screening will take place at Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw, which co-organises the Wróblewski Recto/Verso exhibition.
Wróblewski According to Wajda is a personal story of the relationship between the two artists. In the 40-minute documentary the director recalls Wróblewski as a painter and a friend. They first met at the Academy of Fine Arts in Kraków, where they both studied. Wajda’s thoughts on the painter’s work prove very inspirational. Andrzej Wajda recollects their first meeting and the impression Wróblewski’s work made on him:
This painting decided my future. When I first saw it, I thought that what I wanted to paint, was already painted and I could never do it better. It was my first encounter with such art.
Which painting impacted Wajda so significantly? The answer is in the documentary.
On 11th February, one day before the Madrid premiere a seminar Luc Tuymans and Andrzej Wajda: Two Readings of Andrzej Wróblewski will take place, during which Belgian visual artist Luc Tuymans will speak with Ulrich Loock, art critic and curator at the Kunsthalle in Bern. The screening of the documentary complements the very popular Wróblewski Recto/Verso exhibition at Museo Reina Soifa. Opened on 17th November 2015, in the first weeks alone the retrospective was visited by 97,000 people and Spanish media dubbed Wróblewski ‘the discovery of the year’. El País wrote:
In his substantial collection of works created during one decade only, oscillating between figurative art, abstract art and crude social realism, Wróblewski developed a method of balancing contradictions.
The exhibition, co-organised by the Reina Sofia Museum and the Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw, in collaboration with Culture.pl and Andrzej Wróblewski Foundation, will be opened until 28th February 2016.
Author: MM, compiled by PW, translated by OK, 11 Feb 2016