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Two Sides of Wróblewski
May 7, 2015   
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Unusual double-sided paintings by Andrzej Wróblewski, one of the finest Polish artists of the 1940s and 1950s, are the centerpiece of an exhibition of his work at the Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw.

Regarded as a pioneer of modern figurative art, Wróblewski is mentioned in the same breath as the world’s leading artists of his time and became a legend of Polish art.

Bold and uncompromising, Wróblewski painted his first pictures in the colorist vein, but he later also pursued formal experiments that bordered on abstract painting. As an artist, he was involved in the political changes that took place in Poland in the late 1940s and early 1950s and is known for a number of propaganda paintings. His work also contains images of war and human degradation. He was torn between politics and artistic experiments.

The exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art is entitled Andrzej Wróblewski. Recto/Verso, 1948-1949/1956-1957 and focuses on little known pieces by Wróblewski: these comprise two completely different pictures painted on both sides of a single canvas. The new exhibition is the first time audiences can see both sides of such double-sided paintings.

Marta Dziewańska, who helped organize the exhibition, says that until now, art experts have not focused on this aspect of Wróblewski’s work. “So far, curators have chosen to display one side of each such painting,” says Dziewańska.

Born in Vilnius in present-day Lithuania, Wróblewski (1927-1957) studied painting and sculpture at the Fine Arts Academy in Cracow in 1945-52.

Items on display at the Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw include geometrical abstract paintings from Wróblewski’s earliest years as an artist and pictures he painted in the mid-1950s, shortly before his premature death at the age of 29.

Toward the end of his life, Wróblewski produced a number of mostly uplifting paintings with the family as the central theme. Many of them were inspired by his private life. “We almost completely skip the socialist realism period,” says Dziewańska. “The period from 1948 to 1949 and his final years, 1956-57, were the only time when Wróblewski really sought out his own way as an artist. He fluctuated between two approaches: experiments and an urge to communicate with people.” In the exhibition, this dilemma is illustrated by his double-sided paintings.

The collection on display in Warsaw was put together by French art researcher Eric de Chassey, who is preparing an exhibition of Wróblewski’s work that will open this autumn at the Reina Sofia museum in Madrid, Spain.

Until May 17
Open Tue.-Sun. noon-8 p.m.; Free admission
Museum of Modern Art; 51 Emilii Plater St.; Warsaw
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