Artistry IV. Curator's guided tour and the opening


The vernissage will be preceded by a guided tour of the exhibition by the curator Eulalia Domanowska and a film about the exhibition at the National Museum in Riga.

High art, craftsmanship, finesse, artistry are the words that are bound to feature strongly in compelling anecdotes about artists and their creative processes which will be related by the curator Eulalia Domanowska during her guided tour of the exhibition before its official opening on Tuesday.  This captivating exhibition, which runs until 17 February,  features sculptures, objects, installations and videos by Magdalena Abakanowicz, Wojciech Fangor, Władysław Hasior, Jerzy Jarnuszkiewicz, Natalia Lach-Lachowicz, duo Kijewski / Kocur and other artists. It starts with a curated tour at 5 pm, followed by the vernissage at 6 pm on Tuesday, 15 January.

The title of the exhibition Artistry IV. The Orońsko Collection alludes to a 2014 work by the young artist Daria Malicka which shows the inscription Kunszt (Artistry). Measuring 90 x 230 cm, the work is a bas-relief made of birch and plywood. The word Artistry has become the motto for all the subsequent presentations of the Orońsko collection, which currently consists of nearly 2,000 works by artists representing different generations, from accomplished 20th century artists and their young contemporaries.  

The official opening will be followed by a film presenting the exhibition Artistry. 100 years of Polish Sculpture, which was held in 2018 at the Art Museum Riga Bourse – a part of the Latvian National Museum of Art. The fifteen-minute footage, which was produced by Róża Fabjanowska and shot by Sławomir Malcharek, features Eulalia Domanowska as the narrator. Told by an expert in art, this is an absorbing story about Polish sculpture from the 20th century to the present day.

The exhibition will also be accompanied a by richly illustrated, 172-page album entitled Artistry. 100 Years of Polish Sculpture, which will be available for purchase on the vernissage day (at a price of PLN 60). The publication presenting the sculpture collection in Orońsko and texts in Polish and English was first released on the occasion of the exhibition at the Museum of Art in Riga. The Orońsko collection is describe by Tamara Książek, relating its history, Dorota Grubba-Thiede, providing an in-depth analysis of the work, and Eulalia Domanowska expounding on the collection strategies in the Centre of Polish Sculpture. The photographs of the works are followed by short comments by Anna Podsiadło .

Eulalia Domanowska – historian, art critic, curator of exhibitions, plein-air events and international projects, director of the Centre of Polish Sculpture in Orońsko.
1979-1984, studies in the history of art at the University of Adam Mickiewicz in Poznań and the University of Warsaw, degree in 1986. 2002-2006, studies of the Swedish language, Swedish art, museology, ethnology and gender art at the University of Umeå in Sweden. 1986-1990, work at the Zachęta National Gallery of Art and at the Centre for Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle in Warsaw. Author of many publications devoted to contemporary art. PhD in the management of sculptural installations in public spaces in Poland over the last 25 years, Faculty of Management at the Jagiellonian University in Kraków.  

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