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The World According to Lebenstein
June 27, 2013   
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Drawings and other work by Polish painter and graphic artist Jan Lebenstein will be on display at the Eryk Lipiński Museum of Caricature in Warsaw in July and August.

Lebenstein (1930-1999) was an internationally renowned Polish artist who chose to live in France permanently after he won the Grand Prix award at the 1st Biennial Exhibition of Young Artists in Paris at the age of 29.

Critics note that Lebenstein always went against the grain, constantly stunning audiences with frequent changes in his art. He exhibited his work at some of the world’s most prestigious galleries, including those in Paris, Rome, New York, Brussels, Berlin, and Copenhagen. He had more than 60 solo shows and also took part in major international art exhibitions, including the Documenta exhibition of modern art in Kassel, Germany; the Venice Biennial in Italy, and the Sao Paulo Art Biennial in Brazil. Today many of the artist’s works can be found at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington, D.C., and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.

In his native Poland, Lebenstein’s work was only rediscovered after the country shook off communism in 1989.

Zygmunt Zaradkiewicz, director of the Warsaw Museum of Caricature, says in a foreword to the exhibition catalog that, contrary to appearances, Lebenstein’s art fits perfectly into the genre of caricature because the artist left behind some prominent political caricatures. In fact, “all of his mature works are a remarkable, amazing reflection of the real world in a distorted mirror,” Zaradkiewicz says. He adds that “Lebenstein’s world is populated by human-like animals and beast-like people stigmatized by negative, often terrifying connotations.”

Jan Lebenstein. Widzenie ¶wiata (The World According to Jan Lebenstein)

July 2-Sept. 1

Museum of Caricature and Cartoon Art in Warsaw; 11 Kozia St.
www.muzeumkarykatury.pl
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