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Cockatoo, My Love
November 30, 2010   
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Andrzej Wawrzyniak, curator of the Asia and Pacific Museum in Warsaw, is an authority on, admirer and breeder of cockatoos. He has invited dozens of artists to come up with works that would capture his passion. This is how the exhibition Cockatoo, My Love, in which these extraordinary birds take center stage, came into being.

Wawrzyniak has drawn on his many contacts among artists in Poland and Asia to assemble 58 works from more than 50 people, including some of Poland’s most respected names, such as sculptor Magdalena Abakanowicz and interdisciplinary artists Andrzej Strumi³³o and Andrzej Fogtt.

The list of foreign celebrities is no less impressive. Le Tri Dung is one of Vietnam’s most highly regarded painters. Alexander Bagramian, one of the best portrait painters in the world, is representing Russia and Armenia. Abbas Rostamian from Iran keeps the ancient Persian tradition of the miniature alive, and Hardev Singh is a classicist of contemporary Indian graphic art. We also have Yar Mohammad Taraki from Afghanistan and many others from such diverse places as Belarus, Burma, China, Indonesia, Mongolia, and Nepal. Even Vanuatu will be represented—by Aloi Pilioko, long recognized as the foremost painter of the South Pacific.

The diversity of artistic outlook is matched by the different techniques employed—from classical drawings to oils and watercolors in the European tradition to silk and batik paintings and on to sculptures. Each of the artists has realized his or her own—sometimes highly original—interpretation of the theme.

Wawrzyniak almost singlehandedly financed the project with his own money.
The works are on display in the elephants’ enclosure at Warsaw Zoo, Dec. 10-19.

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