Warsaw

Witkacy: Seismograph of the Acceleration Age

Open 10:00-18:00. Fri 10:00-20:00, Closed Mon.       Al. Jerozolimskie 3
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This major exhibition of over 500 works celebrates Stanisław Ignacy Witkiewicz (1885-1939), commonly known as 'Witkacy' - one of Poland's leading artists of the avant-garde. A prolific playwright, painter, photographer, and caustic critic of civilisation, Witkacy was also a famously tormented genius, who experimented heavily with psychedelics and battled depression for much of his life, which sadly ended in suicide at age 54.

A bit esoterically titled 'Seismograph of the Acceleration Age,' this new exhibition embeds Witkacy’s oeuvre in contemporary theoretical contexts, presenting his art as an observation and reaction to civilisation's 'acceleration' in the first half of the 20th century as technological advances made modern life more mechanised. Instead of a chronological narrative, the artist's works have been grouped into thematic categories: cosmos, movement, body, artistic vision, metaphysical sensation, history and cultural crisis. New meanings and previously unknown aspects of his works are also elicited by juxtaposing them with selected examples of the work of leading representatives of modern art, including Vasily Kandinsky, Max Ernst, Rudolf Schlichter, Umberto Boccioni and Marcel Duchamp. The exhibition will be further complemented by video and archival footage.
 

 

Date

Venue

Open 10:00-18:00. Fri 10:00-20:00, Closed Mon. Jul 8 2022 - Oct 9 2022
Warsaw National Museum
Al. Jerozolimskie 3

Price/Additional Info

Admission 25/15zł.

Website

www.mnw.art.pl www.facebook.com/MuzeumNarodowe
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