Opening of the exhibition “Masterpieces of Polish Art”
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Matejko, Malkiewski and Kossack – the paintings of these and other Polish masters of painting can be seen in the main city hall in the exhibition “Masterpieces of Polish Art from the Collections of the Silesian Museum in Katowice. History of the Mobile Collection” . The exhibition will run until October 2, 2022.
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More than 65 paintings and sculptures were presented in the main city hall thanks to a collaboration with the Silesian Museum in Katowice. The mobile collection was created on the initiative of the Museum’s first director, Tadeusz Dobrowolski. He acquired works by respected painters, wanting to implement the idea of bringing Polish art and culture closer to Silesia restored after the First World War.
The peculiarity of Polish creativity before the war is revealed through the prism of the works of eminent artistic figures, painters of several eras, including Olga Poznaska, Josef Brandt, Josef Chelmowski, Jacek Malchowski, and Leon Wiczowski. The artists passionately created portraits, landscapes and genre scenes in the privacy of their own studios and in the open air, reflecting the beauty of the original landscapes, the long and challenging history and multicultural society of pre-war Poland. Their works created an extraordinary collection of Polish art of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.
The further fate and history of these unique paintings was very dramatic. It was to be exhibited in the 1940s in the planned building of the Silesian Museum. The construction of the avant-garde and modern building began in 1938. And in 1939, the war broke out. The Germans demolished the building, the group took itself, then partially looted or destroyed – said Joanna Zelegowska-Farquhar of the Silesian Museum in Katowice, curator.. – At the beginning of the war, the paintings of the gentlemen were taken to Lublin, and from there they were sent to the then German city of Paitum. Immediately after the war, Tadeusz Dobrowolski attempted to build the Silesian Museum. This was only possible in the eighties and the paintings were returned to Katowice. Today, the boundaries between the museums are blurred. What sets them apart is their groups. And it is these wonderful works of art, their history, that we decided to share with the people of Gdansk.
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The exhibition in the main city hall is divided into four parts. The section entitled “Caesar Fantasy, or The Art of Searching for Mystical Meanings” takes the viewer into a world of visions, fantasies and images inspired by mythological scenes, biblical motifs and Polish traditions. This part showcases the works of prominent Polish icon Jacek Malczewski and Wlastimil Hofman, who combine fascinating themes with elements of local tradition.
In the section “Tradition and History – Mutual Penetration” we will see portrait paintings created over the centuries, as well as paintings depicting the preferences and customs of the population and historical events. The section “Outdoors and in the Studio. Portraits and Landscapes – Drawing” includes landscape paintings by artists fascinated by the richness of nature and portraits, among others, Olga Poznaska and Wojciech Kosak. On the other hand, in the section “And this is Poland … between a manor house and a country cottage” there is a Polish pre-war painting depicting two environments of pre-war Poland – a gentry living in charming manor houses and a charming Polish village, inspiring the diversity of the landscape and the diversity of the multicultural population .
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Joseph Chominsky – “Czajki”
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This exhibition is a visual journey through traditions, noble history, palace and country culture as well as the original universe of visions, ideas and legends. There are also nostalgic landscapes. In addition to the most famous Polish painters, such as Matica, Malkiewski and Kosaki, the gallery also presents the paintings of Poznaska, Hoffmann, Stanislavsky, Mihofer, Chelmonsky and many others – Valdemar Osowski, Director of the Gdask Museum, says:.
The exhibition will be open until Sunday, October 2, 2022. A visit is possible at the price of an entrance ticket to the main city hall. On Mondays admission to the suite is free. Furthermore, the museum organizes two curatorial tours. The first will take place on June 25 at 11. Dorota Powirska will show you around the exhibition. The second is scheduled for September 24 at 11. Will direct d. Michal Bordzinski Gallery.