DO NOT BREAK THE HEAVENLY SEAL – TRIBUTE TO JANUSZ
DO NOT BREAK THE HEAVENLY SEAL
Exhibition dedicated to Janusz Głowacki
Galeria Olimpus Łódź ul. Aleja Kościuszki 24
Signum Foundation Gallery Łódź ul. Piotrkowska 85
13 April – 15 June 2019
Curator Grzegorz Musiał
The theme and title of the exhibition refers to the ancient ideas of Aristotle, written in the treatise on the secrets of art and nature.
In his reflections, the great Greek philosopher, student and lecturer of the Plato Academy, asks the question: do we have the ability and the right to discover the whole mystery in a work of art? It is as if we wanted to touch the soul, and the soul can only be sensed. In the context of this exhibition, the question becomes the answer.
Through the presented works, each of the artists advocates a concept of art that leaves the message unclear and the interpretation ambiguous.
Aristotle considers creating reality, rather than reflecting it, to be a specific feature of art that triggers certain feelings and emotions in the viewers that they have never experienced before.
The exhibition, which is a diptych, presents works depicting the spiritual and bodily themes in the art of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. The works represent different decade, forming new semantic and generational contexts. The oldest , Stanisław Fijałkowski’s 1961 Mandala, debates painting with the work by a young artist Krzysztof Piekoś, completed in 2018.
Michał Martychowiec’s film “The shrine to summon the souls”, made in the Yasukuni temple in Tokyo in 2013, is also a metaphor for beauty, cruelty and violence. Serving as a commentary on the film are the statements made by Pier Paolo Pasolini in 1963.
Human body in the works of Natalia LL and Katarzyna Kozyra ceases to be an “object to be admired” and becomes a tool to exceed one’s own capabilities.
Artists: Wiesław Barszczak, Stanisław Fijałkowski, Zdzisław Jurkiewicz, Koji Kamoji, Katarzyna Kozyra, Natalia LL, Michał Martychowiec, Krzysztof Piekoś, Erna Rosenstein, Antoni Starczewski, Teresa Tyszkiewicz, Ryszard Waśko.
Works from the collection of the Signum Foundation and private owners.
Galeria Olimpus Łódź ul. Aleja Kościuszki 24, Signum Foundation Gallery Łódź ul.Piotrkowska 85