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Interwar Art on Show
May 20, 2009   
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The first exhibition in over 60 years of work by Zofia Stryjeńska, the most famous Polish woman artist of the interwar period, is on show at the National Museum in Warsaw until July 19.

The museum possesses the largest collection of work by Stryjeńska, including important items such as large-format 1920s decorative panels depicting allegories related to the months of the year, entitled Seasons of the Year. These were created specially for the Polish pavilion at the International Exhibition of Decorative Arts in Paris in 1925, where they won the Grand Prix.

Stryjeńska was one of the most colorful figures in artistic circles between the wars in Poland. She was active in the visual arts and in literary and theatrical circles in Warsaw.

A versatile artist, she designed tapestries, contributed to the interior decoration of the Batory (1934) and Piłsudski (1935) passenger ships, and helped decorate the Fukier wine shop and the Wedel confectionery in Warsaw (1935). She also produced posters, postcards, advertising materials, toys, and stage sets.

The exhibition reflects all these spheres of work, showcasing paintings, graphic works, interior decorations, costumes, tapestry and fabric design in the style of the 1920s and '30s. The exhibition contains items borrowed from numerous public institutions and private collections.

It is also possible to see previously unknown Stryjeńska works from her family's collection. These include amusing drawings she produced as a child, some works from the 1940s and family portraits.

M.R.

Until July 19, National Museum, 3 Jerozolimskie Ave., tel. 0-22 621 10 31.
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