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Inspired by Olympics
August 13, 2008   
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An exhibition of paintings by Piotr Pawiński entitled Olympic Heroes Looking at Beijing, the last in the artist's Olympic Triptych, is on display at the Museum of Sports and Tourism in Warsaw Aug. 8-24 to mark the 29th Olympic Games.

Pawiński takes his motifs from Greek antiquity, such as the Parthenon in Athens. Some of his paintings depict ancient Chinese sports while others use the old bas-relief style to portray contemporary athletes. Pawiński attempts to match the excellence of ancient Greek art using the most modern means of expression. The exhibition is something of a throwback to ancient times when artists were inspired by physical contests.

Painter and art conservator Pawiński was born in Wieluń in 1953. He studied painting at the Fine Arts School in Wrocław in the studios of Józef Hałas and Władysław Hasior from 1973 to 1976. Pawiński has long been inspired by ancient Greek sculpture and his work evinces an extensive knowledge of ancient painting techniques.

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Olympic Heroes Looking at Beijing, Piotr Pawiński
Open until Aug. 24
Museum of Sports and Tourism, 4 Wybrzeże Gdyńskie St.
Tue.-Sun. 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
www.muzeumsportu.waw.pl
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