5 Tons of Sculpture from Orońsko
Centre of Polish Sculpture in Orońsko at Art Market in Millenaris Park in Budapest
Curator: Eulalia Domanowska
Collaboration: Leszek Golec and Jarosław Pajek
Arrangement: Henryk Gac
Participants: Magdalena Abakanowicz, Maciej Aleksandrowicz, Krzysztof M. Bednarski, Jan Berdyszak and Marcin Berdyszak, Tomasz Domański, Adam Garnek, Robert Kaja, Marta Pszonak, Marek Rogulski, Robert Rumas, Anna Siekierska, Łukasz Skąpski, Tomasz Skórka, Maciej Szańkowski, Paweł Wocial and Kamila Tuszyńska
The exhibition was prepared by the Centre of Polish Sculpture in Orońsko. It presents a representative collection of monumental sculpture created by 16 Polish artists collaborating with the institution, including classics, of whom Magdalena Abakanowicz is best known, artists of middle-aged generation and three younger, but already conspicuous artists. The sculptures, objects and interactive installations are figurative and abstract. Several have been specially designed and made for the Budapest exhibition. They illustrate various interpretation trails: ranging from pacifist, ecological, contemplative, utopian, sociological to post-conceptual ones. Adam Garnek’s "Turbine", Krzysztof M. Bednarski’s "Brahmaputra", Maciej Aleksandrowicz’s "Look Around" and Marek Rogulski’s "Cube" are interactive constructions with which the viewers may interact. The sculptures, objects and installations have been made in various materials: bronze, steel, metal sheet, stainless steel, synthetic resin and they present a diversity of artistic approaches to the medium of sculpture.
The Centre of Polish Sculpture in Orońsko is a national institution of culture devoted to sculpture and spatial art. It is situated in a beautiful, 19th century manor and park complex, a former estate of painter Józef Brandt. It runs a residency programme for artists, and has a collection of the 20th and 21st century sculpture, three galleries where over a dozen exhibitions are shown annually, as well as a Sculpture Park. The Centre organizes educational and creative workshops and artists can work in 6 studios, as well as in ceramic or woodwork shops, metal foundry and smithy. They are assisted by qualified technicians and a ceramic artist. The Centre of Polish Sculpture publishes albums and monographs of artists and a quarterly on art – “Orońsko”. The greatest events of recent years have been exhibitions of Xawery Dunikowski and Magdalena Abakanowicz, who made some of her works here in the 90s; one of them – “Ukon” from the series “War Games” is part of our permanent exhibition. This year, the main event is the exhibition of sculptures made by one of the most famous artists in the world, English artist - Tony Cragg, who on the eve of the vernissage in Orońsko was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II for merits to art.
Orońsko is the place where many Polish artists made their debuts, e.g. Katarzyna Kozyra, Zbigniew Libera, Mirosław Bałka, Joanna Rajkowska. Open-air artistic workshops and The Young Triennial – a multimedia project promoting Polish young art – have become vehicles for the development of artistic careers of such artists as Tomasz Domański, Piotr Lutyński, Piotr Jaros, Marcin Berdyszak, Hubert Czerepok, Oskar Dawicki, Dominik Lejman, Wojciech Zasadni, Rafał Bujnowski, Maciej Kurak, Jan Simon, Karol Radziszewski, Zuzanna Janin, Leszek Golec and Tatiana Czekalska and many others.
The Centre of Polish Sculpture participates in a partnership project of European sculpture parks ELAN together with the English Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Italian Arte Sella, German Springhornhof, Swedish Wanås Konst and French Musée Gassendi.
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