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STANISLAW ZAGAJEWSKI’S CERAMIC SCULPTURE (1927-2008)


where: THE ART COLLECTION - when: permanent exhibition

The exhibition of sculptures by Stanislaw Zagajewski – one of Poland`s and the world`s premier representatives of l`art brut – features works from his most interesting and creative period, 1966-1990. The religious and animal sculptures come solely from the Wloclawek Museum`s collection, which was started in 1966.

The exhibition includes the unique bas-relief compositions Zagajewski calls “altarpieces,” as well as free-standing sculptures and wall masks. The altarpieces and most religious sculptures were inspired by the Passion of Christ (Christ in a Crown of Thorns, The Man of Sorrows, the Pieta, Arma Christi). The Lamb of God altarpiece and the sculptures of The Lamb and The Pelican also refer to the sacrifice of Christ and the mystery of the Eucharist. The free-standing sculptures are mainly uncanny representations of homely and exotic animals: the stag, the roe, the bear, the elephant, or the sphinx. The large sculptures include vases covered with dense fantastic ornaments: writhing human figures, animals, birds, and natural ornaments. Another group of works are the small, multicolored glazed bird statues, mostly representing peacocks. Some of them are decorated with “bouquets” made of beads or plastic caps and wrappings strung on wire.

After the death of Stanislaw Zagajewski exhibition was enriched with photography that show artist and citations with parts of his statements that comes from different periods. Now, when artist has gone away, he still lives with us thanks to his sculptures. Visiting the exhibition, you can see movies on the big-size screen, that present artist working at his sculptures and telling about the art. You can also remind about the way he lived and how he was walking with pushchair and dogs true the streets of Wloclawek. Artistic of “Wloclawski Nikifor” is as the same interesting and original as his philosophy and way he was living. All those elements are inseparable and put together they are making the whole portrait of Stanislaw Zagajewski. (artist)

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