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Polish Architects in France Show Work
May 7, 2008   
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The Association of Polish Architects (SARP) in Warsaw is hosting an exhibition of the work of 24 Polish architects living in France. The Peintres Architectes (Painters/Architects) exhibition showcases their achievements in France in the fields of urban design, art, drawing, sculpture and photography. Some lecture in France and some have won international competitions.

The paintings on display are mostly landscapes, including those by Edward Żółtowski, but there are also abstract works by Witold Zandfos. The exhibition displays work in a variety of techniques. Besides water colors and drawings, there is a sculpture by Beata Czapska, photographs by Krzysztof Pruszkowski, and a video installation by Bożena Bieńkowska. The exhibition also features work by Maria Barbara Bernad-Nowaczyk, Elżbieta Brzęczkowska, Jan Brzozowski, Maria Collin, Serge Czerwiński, Anna Dec, Elżbieta Galińska, Jerzy Galiński, Grzegorz Jakubowski, Fabian Karpiński, Krystyna Kulesz, Anna Lechevalier, Artur Majka, Tomasz Marczewski, Andrzej Mrowiec, Jan Różalski, Wiktor Sigalin, Anna Taras-Zielińska and Andrzej Wujek.

In the second half of the 20th century, France became a second home to many Polish architects wanting to escape communist Poland to be able to fulfill their artistic aspirations. The French construction boom of the 1960s in particular attracted many Polish architects, mainly from the Warsaw and Gdańsk universities of technology. By the end of the 1980s, they were some 400 Polish architects working in France.

The Association of Polish Architects in France (SARPFR) was founded in 1977. It has its headquarters in Paris and for several years has been exhibiting the work of its members. "This is our fifth exhibition but the first to be held in Poland," says SARPFR president Henryk Włodarczyk. "For many of our members this will be an emotional occasion since some will be returning to Poland after being abroad for many years. In a sense it will be a return to their roots, to the country of their youth."

The Peintres Architectes exhibition, on display at the SARP Exhibition Pavilion, 2 Foksal St., Warsaw, runs until May 14 and is open every day, from 11 a.m. until 6 p.m.

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