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Decorating Public Space
April 28, 2011   
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The wall paintings in the cocktail bar of the Bristol hotel in Warsaw and the murals and mosaics in the Dom Chłopa Hotel are just some of the handiwork of Warsaw artists Hanna and Gabriel Rechowicz.

Until now, the pair’s varied and original works have never been given a monographic exhibition anywhere in Poland. The exhibition Pictures in Architecture at Warsaw’s Kordegarda Gallery (a branch of the Zachęta Gallery) gives a rare glimpse of the pair’s artistic adornment of public buildings in Poland and abroad between 1956 and 1989.

The Rechowiczes made use of a range of sculptural, mosaic and painting techniques—often deploying several in a single work. The types of materials used are what give their compositions their individual character. The two managed to create bas reliefs of a sort by judiciously selecting stones from rivers, and tiles or other ceramic waste, and mixing them into the mortar.

The works on display at the exhibition—original boxes, boards and sketches—still stand up as artistic creations with their invigorating color and variety. Their propaganda art shown at trade exhibitions in Moscow (1959), Beijing (1960) and Madrid (1970) is in class of its own.

Open until May 4. Galeria Projekt Kordegarda
3 Gałczyńskiego St., Warsaw (entry from Foksal St.). Tue.-Sun. noon to 8 p.m.
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