Henryk Stazewski

Muzeum Sztuki | MS1

Organized as a tribute to one of the most important 20th-century Polish artists, Stazewski’s retrospective should also be perceived as an example of the Polish art world’s penchant for, if not stubbornness in, privileging art that avoids overt references to social or political Issues. Stazewski is considered to be a pivotal figure in the development of abstract art in Poland: for decades he occupied one of the most visible and influential positions in the country’s artistic life. This exhibition summed up his 70-year-long career, attempting to place it in an international context. In Poland, the name Stazewski is synonymous with the adoption of an independent (rather than militant) position in regard to the oppressive ideology of the previous regime. For his manifold Polish admirers, his uncompromising stance serves today as a confirmation of their belief in the infinite depth and superiority

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