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Painting Riddles
May 7, 2008 By M.H.    
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Zbigniew Makowski has donated 102 of his gouaches, watercolors, oil paintings, drawings, books and reliefs to the National Museum in Wrocław, where they are now on public display. The oldest exhibit dates back to 1955 and the most recent is from 2005.

Makowski, born in Warsaw in 1930, is a highly original artist who has resisted prevailing trends since the earliest days of his career. "People can be divided into those who come into the world and accept it with no reservations and those who dislike what they see," he says. "I've always belonged to the latter group. I've never conformed to contemporary art and I've been immune to trends. I've always wanted to be different."

Makowski's paintings and drawings synthesize a potpourri of styles and techniques, some up to the minute, others long forgotten. His work bears traces of surrealism and dadaism and alludes to diverse cultures and civilizations and even magic and the Kabbalah. Makowski poses riddles whose solutions require a knowledge of art history, literature, philosophy and myths and legends.

Makowski is a perfectionist who often goes to great lengths to create his work. For example, he specially prepares the paper for his outstanding artistic books.

Wrocław National Museum, 5 Powstańców Warszawy Sq.; Open until May 11
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