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Art of Constant Change
May 14, 2008 By M.H.    
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The Cracow National Museum's Gallery of 20th Century Polish Art is hosting works by outstanding Polish abstract painter Henryk Stażewski (1894-1988), known for his constant experiments and changing artistic priorities.

The exhibition is an overview of Stażewski's work, whose pursuits included prewar avant-garde art and a quest for harmony in art through special attention to shape and color.

In the 1920s, Stażewski was a member of Polish art groups such as Blok, Praesens and a.r., alongside pioneers of classical avant-garde art such as Katarzyna Kobro and Władysław Strzemiński. Stażewski also maintained contacts with many avant-garde artists abroad and belonged to international groups Cercle et Carre and Abstration Création. After the war, he took part in a number of prestigious exhibitions abroad. He helped found the Foksal Gallery in Warsaw and lent his name to various plein-air painting workshops and festivals across the country. He was also an untiring promoter of geometric abstraction in both art and art theory. Until the end of his life, he was a guru for many young artists and critics attracted by his charisma. Today he still fascinates art lovers and critics who continue to analyze and interpret his work. His paintings fetch high prices on the art market.

The Cracow exhibition is the most comprehensive show of Stażewski's work to date, with paintings on loan from the Museum of Art in ŁódĽ, the National Museums in Poznań and Wrocław, and private collections.

The exhibition runs until Sept. 21 at the National Museum in Cracow, Main Building, Gallery of 20th Century Polish Art, 1, 3-go Maja Ave.
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