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Henryk Stażewski


1894 - 1988


Apostle of the avant-garde, modern classic. The most consistent and most representative of geometric abstraction in Polish art.

Almost all his works created before World War II have been completely destroyed during the bombing of Warsaw.

Henryk Stazewski never abandoned painting, but since the mid-50th reliefs built structures that have dominated the subsequent creation. Reliefs - first white, then to the "grid printing, then metal, and finally multi - were continuing" search for order in chaos. "

On the XXXIII Venice Biennale of Contemporary Art (1966) has been awarded "honorable mention" for the creative contribution to the development of constructivist international traffic.

He studied at the Warsaw School of Fine Arts Professor. Stanislaw Lentz (1913-19). Between 20 and 30 was linked to the most avant-garde art groups in the country: Block (1924 - 1926), Praesens (1926 - 1930), "ar" (1929 - 1939), and then in the world.

Since its debut at the exhibition of the Society of the Encouragement of Arts (1920) participated in all the major shows, including formists "F 9" at the Salon Thu. Garlińskiego (Warsaw 1922) and New Art (Vilnius 1923). He has participated in international exhibitions: in the first collective exhibition abstractionsts group Cercle et Carré (Paris 1930), Machine Age Exposition (New York 1927), Konstruktivisten (Basel 1937).

Since 1924, often held in Paris. Familiarity with P. M. Seuphorem Mondrian and transformed in a long friendship and facilitated the creation of the first in the International Collection of Modern Art. In 1931 a collection of 75 objects, including the work of J. Arpa, M. Ernst. P. F. Leger and Picasso and launched the creation of the Museum of Art in Lodz.

The first individual exhibition of postwar Stażewskiego Henry took place at the Museum of Literature (1955) and it opened the way for long-term fame. At that time, even worked on the border between figuration and abstraction, but in the'60s fully dealt with geometric abstraction. This trend emerged, inter alia, cycles "Relief gray and white" (1964), "Relief 2" (1972), a series of paintings "Reduction" (1976), as well as "unlimited vertical composition", which is composed of a 9 colored rays of light crossing the sky and on the high 3 km (1970).

The work of Henry Stażewskiego can be found in many prestigious collections including Museum of Modern Art and the Guggenheim Museum in New York, the Tate Gallery in London, as well as in private collections, this measure as a collection of Denis René. It is in the gallery held an exhibition of the great "Precurseurs Abstrait de l'art en Pologne" (1958), presents the work of Henry Stażewskiego together with the works of K. Malewicz, K. Kobro, W. Strzeminski, H. Berlewiego.

Many of his works "obiegała" world. From exhibition at the Musée d'Art Moderne (Paris 1977 and 1982), Museum of Modern Art (New York 1976), Royal Academy (London 1970, 1984), the Tel-Aviv (1965), Tokyo (1966), Rome (1979 ) or Los Angeles (1981). The hundredth anniversary of the birth of the artist Museum of Art in Lodz organized a retrospective exhibition brings together nearly 200 works.

Henryk Stazewski left a number of texts on contemporary art, through which (as he wrote) "break through to the truth of reality." In subsequent years, noted his observations on the loose, small papers in the form of aphorism life, people and art.

Sketch book recently found an artist with the work of the interwar period (1924-26) contains dozens of colorful projects images, ideas, design, portraits of friends. Emerges from the creator of an outstanding and innovative. Maybe wrongly considered to be less than the original Władysław Strzemiński whether Katarzyna Kobro.

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