Interdisciplinary Macro-Forms at Zachęta Gallery
December 30, 2016
An exhibition at the Zachęta National Gallery of Art in Warsaw showcases a range of interdisciplinary projects by veteran artist and architect Jacek Damięcki.
The Macro-Forms exhibition brings together more than 60 sketches, photographs, mock-ups and installations by Damięcki, who has developed his own idea of space during his long and prolific career in the arts.
Damięcki’s interdisciplinary projects boldly mix architecture with art, mathematics, music, aviation and sailing.
Damięcki, 81, studied interior design at the Warsaw Academy of Fine Arts, and he also has a degree in architecture from the Warsaw University of Technology. He and his wife Violetta Damięcka once made a name for themselves with their concept of evolving housing where residential units “grew” together with the families that lived in them. The idea was first presented at the Paris Biennale exhibition in 1967. In 1991, Damięcki helped create a redevelopment plan for downtown Warsaw, and he later came up with a “dual city” concept for Warsaw and ¸ódś that envisaged an international airport as the link between the two cities.
Damięcki’s urban projects such as a “Topological Swimming Pool” in 1968 and a “Floating Shelter for Survivors at Sea” in 1999 were intended to stimulate human interaction and tap into people’s emotions.
Damięcki is the man behind two massive artistic installations, a 1974 outdoor exhibition called Warszawa XXX and The Cloud project 20 years later. Both were built on Piłsudskiego Square in Warsaw and marked the largest projects of this kind ever undertaken in public space in Poland.
Until Jan. 8
Zachęta National Gallery of Art; 3 Małachowskiego Sq.