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Pushing the Boundaries
October 31, 2013   
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Work by Piotr Tadeusz Potworowski, one of the most talented painters of the postwar period in Poland, is on show in a new exhibition at the Studio Gallery in Warsaw.

Entitled Potworowski: A Man Without Limits, the exhibition provides biographical information about the work on show, highlighting the courage with which Potworowski (1898-1962) pushed the boundaries in his search for a modern form of expression.

Pictures selected for the exhibition include his early paintings, notable for their refined colors. In his later years, Potworowski produced sculptures and some of those are on display at the Studio Gallery. Visitors can also see Potworowski’s drawings, including designs of stage sets and posters for plays along with a number of sketchbooks, most of which have never been shown to the public before.

Born in Warsaw, Potworowski studied at the Fine Arts Academy in Cracow in 1923-24. Inspired by his tutor, Józef Pankiewicz, Potworowski and several other students formed a group called the Paris Committee to deepen their knowledge of French painting. In 1924, they left to Paris to study post-impressionist painting, but Potworowski soon embarked on an artistic quest of his own. Standing out with their distinctive composition, his paintings were always founded on a harmony of colors.

Potworowski’s work was displayed at many prestigious exhibitions and venues in Poland and abroad, including Documenta II in Kassel (1959), the 30th Venice Biennale (1960), the Musée d’Art Moderne in Paris (1961), and the Museum of Modern Art in New York (1961). His paintings can be found in private and public collections of art, including in many Polish museums.

Until Nov. 24
Studio Gallery at Studio Theater
Palace of Culture and Science, 1 Defilad Sq.
Free admission
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