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Poetry and Dice
January 13, 2010   
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An exhibition of works by Stanis³aw Dró¿d¿ (1939-2009), one of Poland's greatest contemporary artists, is on display at the Center for Contemporary Art (CSW) in Warsaw.

For over four decades, Dró¿d¿ consistently pursued an artistic career that blended poetry with visual arts. In the 1960s, Dró¿d¿ wrote what critics called linguistic poems. A specialist in Polish studies by education, Dró¿d¿ was interested in languages and other sign systems including mathematics and games of chance. He was also fascinated with time and space.

The exhibition comprises more than 40 works, from the first volume of poetry written by Dró¿d¿ in 1967 to the artist's final piece from 2007. Alongside works concerned with language, the exhibition features items based on digits and numbers as well as ones that employ "objects-signs."

The works on display include a huge and technologically complex project entitled Alea iacta est. Made up of some 300,000 dice, the project represented Poland at the 50th International Art Exhibition in Venice in 2003.

Dró¿d¿ was born May 15, 1939, and died March 29, 2009. From 1971 he was affiliated with the Foksal Gallery in Warsaw, where most of his works had their premieres. He lived and worked in Wroc³aw beginning in 1955.

Exhibition open through Feb. 7
CSW galleries open Tue.-Sun. noon-7 p.m., Fri. noon-9 p.m. Free admission
on Thursdays.

Ujazdowski Castle Center for Contemporary Art (CSW), 2 Jazdów St., Warsaw.
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