Tadeusz Brzozowski, Organki

Tadeusz Brzozowski, Harmonica, 1950

Tadeusz Brzozowski, Wagon, 1946

Tadeusz Brzozowski, Strychulec, 1975

fot. Arkadiusz Podstawka

22 April – 29 July 2018

Squirting and cracking but keeping on banging. And the conscience bites. Tadeusz Brzozowski: Inspirations, Contexts, Motifs

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.

The art of Tadeusz Brzozowski is presented in three contexts: his inspirations with historic art, against the art of his contemporaries, and illuminated by the pursuits of his disciples and followers. Thus, his fascination is showcased with great Polish artists of the interwar period: Tadeusz Makowski and Stanisław Ignacy Witkiewicz, as well as with Early Modern masters, like Albrecht Dürer and Hans Holbain, especially the latter’s interpretations of The Dance of Death (danse macabre). Polish vernacular art also inspired Brzozowski, especially  17th-century funerary portraits. Brzozowski’s art is also confronted with his distinguished colleagues and artist friends: Alina Szapocznikow, Magdalena Abakanowicz, Tadeusz Kantor, Jerzy Tchórzewski, Władysław Hasior, and Antoni Rząsa. Finally, another perspective on Brzozowski’s art is provided by the works of his former students Izabella Gustowska and Aldona Mickiewicz, and also other artists of the younger generation: Dorota Kuczma, Wojciech Ćwiertniewicz, Piotr Janas, and Jakub Julian Żiólkowski. They all share with Brzozowski a similar outlook on the world and man and their approaches to form reveal some unexpected connections.

Brzozowski’s words quoted in the exhibition’s title were a self-comment on his own art. They have guided the exhibition’s narration and they are also surprisingly relevant to the works of other artists featured at the exhibition whose artistic and existential pursuits show them “squirting and cracking but keeping on banging. And the conscience bites”.



17 September – 30 December 2017

Fashion and cinema. Costumes from iconic Polish films from the collection of CeTA Wrocław

Curator: Małgorzata Możdżyńska-Nawotka

The display of film costumes from the collection of CeTA Wrocław and unique textiles and clothes by Wanda Tesławska. The exhibition will consist of three parts presenting: 1. The Visions of the Past [historical costumes from 18th century (The Manuscript found in Saragossa) to the I World War (The Doll etc.), the interwar period (Wherever you are, Mr President etc.); 2. The Heroes of Mass Imagination (Ashes and Diamonds, Four tank-men and a dog, All Friends Here, Love it or Leave it etc.); 3. The Visions of the Future (On the Silver Globe, Inquest of Pilot Pirx). The exhibition will be organized as a cooperaative project by the National Museum in Wrocław with CeTA Wrocław.

Natalia LL, 24 godziny, 1970

3 June – 6 August 2017

New horizons in new media. Polish art 1945–1981

Curator: Adam Sobota

The exhibition dedicated to the problem of new media in art (photography, film, video) and their role in Polish art in the period of 1945-1980. It presented the achievements of artists experimenting in the field of photography and related modern techniques, which played an important role in the avant-guard movement, declining to be part of academic aesthetics and going beyond popculture schemes. It’s also often connected with contesting activities such as happenings and performances. The display featured works by: Zbigniew Dłubak, Jerzy Lewczyński, Zdzisław Beksiński, Bronisław Schlabs, Zofia Rydet, Natalia LL, Andrzej Lachowicz, KwieKulik duet, Józef Robakowski, Zbigniew Waprechowski and many more.

Peter Jones, Ollie Monkey, 2007
oil on linen, 30.5× 25.5 cm
photo: ©the artist

19 February – 14 May 2017

Nature Morte
Contemporary artists reinvigorate the Still-Life tradition

The exhibition is organized as a cooperative project between the Four Domes Pavilion, a branch of the National Museum in Wrocław, and MOCA London.

The exhibition tries to find answers to the following questions: how the still-life motive evolved in art? What’s the attitude of contemporary artists towards this tradition and how it’s being interpreted by them?

Robert Rauschenberg, Summer Rental + 3, 1960
Photo: Jochen Littkemann, © bpk/Nationalgalerie im Hamburger Bahnhof, SMB, Sammlung Marx, Robert Rauschenberg Foundation / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2016

23 August 2016 – 22 January 2017

Summer Rental.
The Marx Collection in Wrocław
Summer Rental.
Die Sammlung Marx zu Gast in Wrocław

Works by Warhol, Rauschenberg, Beuys, Kiefer, and other outstanding contemporary artists will be on show at the Four Domes Pavilion in Wrocław beginning 23 August.