Curator: Anna Chmielarz
The year 2018 is marked by the 100th anniversary of the birth of Tadeusz Brzozowski (1918–1987). An outstanding painter, draughtsman, set designer and teacher, by the 1960s he became one of Europe’s most interesting artists. His “color alchemy” was a unique phenomenon in 20th-century art. His intriguing works, drawing the viewer into multiple mysterious spaces, multilayer structures and luminous colors, tell a complex, subversive and universal story playing out the conflicts, contrasts, juxtapositions and joys of human life.
The exhibition traces the evolution of Brzozowski’s creative process but first of all it attempts to present his art through his drawings. Hitherto overshadowed by his brilliant painting, drawing was nevertheless essential to Brzozowski’s approach. While providing an interpretive key to his paintings, his drawings are at the same time autonomous works of art captivating with the intricacy of line, form, and content. They are usually given intriguing, humorous and puzzling titles.
Thus, the exhibition features drawings and prints alongside paintings in which line defines the composition’s structure rather than merely complementing color design. Some works on paper are put on display for the first time ever.