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Exhibitions
July 2, 2010   
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Art From the Heart
Things Evoke Feelings is the title of a new exhibition at the Ujazdowski Castle Center for Contemporary Art (CSW). The exhibition takes an idiosyncratic look at a variety of the center’s collections and emphasizes the role of feelings in art.

Two works by Scottish conceptual artist Martin Creed—neon signs entitled “Things” and “Feelings”—are the centerpieces of the exhibition. Their primary motif centers around emotions.

MR

Open June 21-Dec. 31
Gallery 2, Ujazdowski Castle Center for Contemporary Art
2 Jazdów St., Warsaw
For more information, go to www.csw.art.pl

Three Photographers in the Wild West
A photographic exhibition entitled In the Colorful World of the Rocks and Canyons of Arizona and Utah is on display at the Polish Academy of Sciences’ Earth Museum.

This is the latest exhibition in a “Nature – Art” series and consists of 35 colorful scenes of amazing “Wild West” landscapes taken by Bożena Komorowska, Waldemar Komorowski and Elżbieta Weron during their travels through America.

The Colorado River and its tributaries cut through the central portion of the Colorado Plateau, straddling the border between the states of Colorado and Utah. This landscape of natural parks and reserves shelters and preserves a world of rock formations, tablelands and canyons. The singularity of these landscapes, which served as the inspiration for classic American landscape photography during the 1930s, still draws hordes of photographers from all over the world. Multiple reflections of the setting sun’s rays ricochet off closely spaced rock walls. The resulting light is warm, soft and scattered. The colors from the hue of the rock are firmly absorbed and there is little contrast. To a photographer, this is a wonderland of reflected light.

Eight of the many places that might have been chosen were selected as being the most photogenic. The exhibition offers a window on such breathtaking natural phenomena as the Grand Canyon, Antelope Canyon, The Wave, Monument Valley, the Canyon de Chelly National Monument, the Canyonlands National Park, the Arches National Park, and Bryce Canyon.

MR

Open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mon. to Fri. and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sun. until August 29.

Muzeum Ziemi PAN (Polish Academy of Sciences’ Earth Museum)
20/26 Na Skarpie Ave., Warsaw

Admission: zl.4 and zl.2 (concessions)
For more information, go to www.mz-pan.pl

Fascinated With Stone
A collection of sculptures displayed in a park surrounding Warsaw’s Królikarnia Palace—which is home to the Xawery Dunikowski Museum of Sculpture, a division of the National Museum—now includes three sculptures by one of Poland’s most famous sculptors, Maria Papa Rostkowska (1923-2008).

Rostkowska worked as a sculptor in France, where she settled after the death of her first husband, but it was her wish for a part of her works to be taken back to Poland. The artist’s son Mikołaj Rostkowski with wife Joëlle donated four sculptures to the National Museum in Warsaw.

Dating back to different periods of Rostkowska’s work, the items illustrate her diversified artistic pursuits.

Three of the four sculptures have been put on display at the Królikarnia Palace. Rostkowska made the first one, The Kiss, to mark the wedding of Mikołaj and Joëlle in 1985. The Kiss is carved in a single block of Carrara marble brought from a quarry that Rostkowska could see from her house in Pietrasanta, Tuscany.

The second sculpture, Donna Seduta (1986), shows just how eager Rostkowska was to explore various kinds of materials, including granite, which is considered to be an exceptionally difficult material for a sculptor. The simple and synthetic form of Donna Seduta was inspired by the art of the indigenous peoples of Central America.

The third work, Lion (2001), reveals Rostkowska’s inspirations from journeys to the Far East.

A graduate of Warsaw’s Fine Arts Academy, Rostkowska was an assistant professor at the Higher School of Fine Arts in Sopot and the Fine Arts Academy in Warsaw. Originally a painter, Rostkowska was involved in the conservation and reconstruction of paintings that adorned tenement houses in Lublin. After the death of her husband Ludwik Rostkowski, she emigrated to Paris where she married Papa Gualtieri di San Lazarro, a publisher and art critic. Fascinated by sculpture, she chose to devote herself exclusively to this branch of art. Toward the end of her life, she bought a house in Pietrasanta, Tuscany, close to quarries where Carrara marble is mined. She died in Pietrasanta in 2008.

Rostkowska’s circle of friends included a host of artists and prominent cultural figures, including Marc Chagall, Henry Moore, Eugene Ionesco, Vittorio de Sica, Nina Kandinsky, and Sonia Delaunay.

M.R.

Xawery Dunikowski Museum of Sculpture, Królikarnia Palace Park
113a Puławska St., tel. 22 843-15-86
www.krolikarnia.mnw.art.pl
krolikarnia@mnw.art.pl


Industrial Design Exhibition
Warsaw’s Institute of Industrial Design is holding its third exhibition of best design practices, entitled 21 Design Stories: Case Studies. The exhibition is targeted at businesspeople as it aims to show that industrial design can help raise a company’s profile and contribute to its business success, the institute says.

The exhibition comprises 20 foreign products and services that have been on the market for less than a decade. They are examples of how industrial design can be applied to boost sales, according to the institute.

Each item is showcased as a case study with a brief story of how it came about. One of them is a bladeless fan designed last year by a team of British engineers led by James Dyson. Other items include a tree limb shredder designed by Studio PiliPili and produced by Belgian company Eliet (2008); a W+W (Washbasin+Watercloset) set from the Roca company, designed by G&O Buratti; and a solar lamp from Sanyo Electric Co. Ltd., designed by Takuo Nomi (2009).

The 21st item, a computer workstation that allows the user to work in both sitting and reclining positions, will be added to the exhibition in July after it is officially unveiled at the finals of this year’s Imagine Cup, an annual student technology competition held by the Microsoft company. The innovative workstation is the latest product from Polish company PROFIm, which developed it together with the Institute of Industrial Design and Gdańsk-based Studio 1:1.

The Institute of Industrial Design has staged the exhibition as part of a project called Zaprojektuj Swój Zysk (Design Your Profit). The project has been co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund as part of the European Union’s Innovative Economy Operational Program.

M.R.
Open until Sept. 5, Tue.-Sun., 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Institute of Industrial Design; 5/7 ¦więtojerska St.; www.iwp.com.pl; Free admission
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