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“Country on the Vistula”. A cross-sectional exhibition by Jarosław Modzelewski at the Ujazdowski Castle

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Jarosław Modzelewski, co-founder of the famous Gruppa, belongs to the forefront of Polish painting in recent decades. The first retrospective exhibition of his work has been opened at the Ujazdowski Castle Center for Contemporary Art in Warsaw.

Country on the Vistula is the first such large exhibition of works by Jarosław Modzelewski, one of the leading representatives of Polish neo-expressionism. The exhibition was prepared at the Center Art Contemporary Ujazdowski Castle. The “Country on the Vistula” was designed in such a way that the space is linked to the Rodło – a symbol invented by the Union of Poles in Germany in the early 1930s – which Modzelewski used in one of his paintings. The shape of this symbol refers to the shape of the Vistula River on the map of Poland with the marked Krakow.

A poster of one of the exhibitions of the Institute of National Remembrance with the Rodło symbol (illustrative photo)Andrzej Grygiel / PAP

This is the Vistula River from the painting “Without titles [Rodło]”from 1980, in which the symbol appears, is a glue connecting various themes and trends in the artist’s work, winner of the 1998 Polityka Passport, among others.

Jarosław Modzelewski “Painter and a sign”Center for Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle

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Who is Jarosław Modzelewski?

The artist was born in 1955 in Warsaw. He obtained a diploma in painting at the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw in the studio of prof. Stefan Gierowski in 1980. He was a co-founder of the famous Gruppa – an artistic collective active in the years 1982-92. Until 2020, he ran one of the painting studios at the Warsaw Academy of Fine Arts.

In 2004, he was honored with the Jan Cybis, and ten years later recognized with the Kazimierz Ostrowski. His works are in private collections in Poland and abroad, as well as in public collections, including national museums in Warsaw, Krakow, Poznań, Wrocław, the Zachęta National Art Gallery and the Art Museum in Łódź.

Main photo source: Center for Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle

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