Windows to God
December 19, 2013
Scenes from different corners of the former Soviet Union and Eastern Europe are on show in a new exhibition at the Independence Museum in Warsaw.
The Windows to God exhibition comprises almost 90 paintings by Polish painter Alfons Kułakowski depicting landscapes in Kazakhstan, Russia, Lithuania, as well as Poland and other countries. Pulsating with life and bursting with color, the pictures have been described by Polish sculptor Maksymilian Biskupski as “windows to God” because, he said, they give the Maker an insight into human hearts.
Most of the items on show are oil paintings on board and canvas. The main themes are landscapes, nature, farm buildings, landscapes in Lithuania and views of the city of Almaty in Kazakhstan. Applied in thick layers, the paint seems to give a third dimension to the pictures, making clouds and trees appear to come out of the canvas, as if encouraging the viewer to take a fresh look at the world.
Art critics describe Kułakowski as a landscape painter and an expressionist. His biographers, in turn, have described him a constant wanderer. Kułakowski was born in 1927 near Berdychiv in the northern part of present-day Ukraine. When he was two, his family was deported to Siberia and forced to settle in extremely harsh conditions in the town of Bakchar. In 1944, he fled to Almaty, where he studied painting from 1945 to 1952. He then continued his studies in the Soviet city of Leningrad.
In the mid-1990s, Kułakowski began to exhibit his paintings at individual exhibitions in Poland and abroad. Since 1997, he has lived in the Warmia-Mazuria region of northern Poland. In 2009, his house went up in flames together with a huge collection of around 6,000 pictures he had painted.
Until April 13
Independence Museum in Warsaw; 62 Solidarności Ave.