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Chopin in Pictures
October 29, 2010   
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Painted With Sound is the title of an exhibition the Museum of Silesia in Katowice is holding to mark the Year of Chopin.

The exhibition consists of a selection of paintings that Polish artist Jerzy Duda-Gracz (1941-2004) produced from 1999 to 2003. The collection consists of visual interpretations of all compositions by Chopin, Duda-Gracz’s favorite composer, which together form a tribute paid by one artist to another.

The selection on display comprises around 100 oil, watercolor and tempera paintings illustrating etudes, preludes, songs and other compositions. The works also include “shrouds,” which are paintings symbolizing missing compositions.

This example of contemporary Polish art inspired by the music of Chopin and the times he lived in points viewers’ attention to the impact cultural heritage has on contemporary visual arts. The exhibition highlights the main themes that link the work of the two artists, such as melancholy and nostalgia. Chopin longed for Poland, the homeland he left behind, and Duda-Gracz for all that was gone, never to return.

Mirela Hein

Open through Nov. 28, Museum of Silesia in Katowice, 3 Korfantego Ave., www.muzeumslaskie.pl
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