exhibitions

Igor Mitoraj. Sculptures and Drawings

16.10.2003 - 25.01.2004

The exhibition was another in a series of the initiatives of the International Cultural Centre aimed at familiarisation of the Krakow audience with the achievements of the finest Polish artists working abroad. For Igor Mitoraj personally, it created an opportunity to return to his roots, to the place that first shaped him – as it was in Krakow that, many years ago, he embarked on an artistic path. In 1968, Mitoraj, then a student of the Krakow Academy of Fine Arts under the guidance of Tadeusz Kantor, abandoned Krakow and left for Paris to pursue his individual creative and artistic solutions. Revealing fascination with the beauty of the ancient sculpture, Mitoraj’s works are heavily indebted to a classical anthropomorphic modus. The figures of ancient heroes, muses, titans undergo a complex process of deconstruction. Bodies deprived of arms, cracked torsos, crushed gigantic heads remind us of the archaeological relicts whose spell one cannot easily escape.
Beauty what does this word mean today? It has never been cheaper than nowadays, when beauty is anything you like. But there is still a certain kind of beauty whose model is inscribed in us, in the proportions, harmony, and perfection of our bodies. I think each of us understands this beauty. For years, Igor Mitoraj has been pursuing the perfection of rendering the human figure. [Andrzej Wajda]

Mitoraj - Krakow, Paris, Rome

Collective work

The album presents the sculptures and drawings displayed in the ICC Gallery and en plein air in the Market Square from October 2003 till January 2004. Igor Mitoraj, fascinated by the beauty of ancient sculpture, creates monumental figures of classical proportions cast in bronze or sculpted in marble. However, the classical beauty is partly deconstructed; the torsos of the statues are cleft and cracked, the arms empty, the gigantic heads damaged. For some critics the partial destruction is an expression of nostalgia for the lost Arcadia, while others perceive it as a criticism of contemporary civilisation and a warning against its destructive force. The rich illustrative material is completed by the texts of Jacek Purchla and Andrzej Wajda on the power of art in public space, and by the essays of D. Kuspit, J. R. Taylor, G. Testori, the art critics, and M. Rydiger – the curator of the exhibition – on Mitoraj's art. The album also comprises the artist's biography, a list of individual and group exhibitions, collections and places where Igor Mitoraj's works can be seen, and a bibliography. The author of the photographs of the open air part of the exhibition is J. Poremba.

Igor Mitoraj. Sculptures and Drawings

collective work

The album presents the sculptures and drawings displayed in the ICC Gallery and en plein air in the Market Square from 10. 2003 till 01. 2004. The rich illustrative material is completed by the texts of J. Purchla and A. Wajda on the power of art in public space, and by the essays of. D. Kuspod, J.R. Taylor, G. Testori, the art critics, and M. Rydiger - the curator of the exhibion - on Mitoraj's art. The album also comprises the artist's biography, a list of individual and group exhibitions, collections and plecas where Igor Mitoraj's works can be seen, and a bibliography. The author of the photographs of the open air part of the exhibion is J. Poremba.

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