Jerzy Nowosielski’s art is a unique synthesis of his fascination with Byzantine art, especially iconography, with the spirit of the avant-garde. The artist, associated with the Second Cracow Group and
Jerzy Nowosielski’s art is a unique synthesis of his fascination with Byzantine art, especially iconography, with the spirit of the avant-garde. The artist, associated with the Second Cracow Group and Tadeusz Kantor, developed his own individual style, drawing formally from surrealism and abstractionism, while at the level of meanings referring primarily to the universal human yearning for metaphysics. In his figurative representations, the recurring motif was most often the female body. All these ways of seeing, reproducing, and commenting on the world also ran through the works of other artists who, like him, experienced the trauma of World War II, as well as those born later.
The exhibition is divided into four narrative circles that can be distinguished in the artist’s work, these are: surrealism, corporeality, eschatology, and abstraction. Within each of them, selected paintings, and drawings by Nowosielski, quotations from his words, as well as preserved film footage provide a kind of essential context or even an interpretative key to the presented works by other artists who take up similar themes. Among them are listed: Wojciech Fangor, Stefan Gierowski, Władysław Hasior, Maria Jarema, Jadwiga Sawicka, Teresa Pągowska and others. Thus, the aim of the exhibition is primarily to show the works in mutual dialogue.
December 5 (Tuesday) - March 3 (Sunday)
Pl. Zamkowy 1