The exhibition currently displayed at the City Gallery in Wroclaw entitled 1990 is devoted to a group of six, incredibly interesting artists who debuted on the Polish artistic scene in the times of profound political transformations and a cultural and social breakthrough. We are talking here about Sylwester Ambroziak, Zbigniew Blukacz, Krzysztof Gliszczyński, Janusz Oskar Knorowski, Ireneusz Walczak and Igor Wójcik – in other words artists representing thoroughly individualistic and original creative personalities but who, due to artistic tendencies prevalent at that time, were excluded from artistic discourse at that time.
Young artists, graduating from art academies in Katowice, Gdańsk, Wrocław and Warsaw in the first half of 90s, were in a way left to their own devices. Circumstances forced them on the only possible path: of individualism and complete independence. This is on one side a sign and an opportunity to use their full freedom, which could be contrasted the “group” nature of New Expression and the later Critical art, but on the other side a source of uncertainty, anxiety and helplessness. This is why only the artists who were most aware of their own ambitions, aims, respected set of values and a range of themes they would like to develop in their work, made it through these difficult times. Without any help from same-minded and similarly painting colleagues, without support from critics and curators, simply on their own and for real.
Amongst the group of artists invited to take part in the exhibition 1990 there are as many as four professors of the Academies of Fine Arts, laureates of the country's most prestigious awards like Jan Spychalski's or Bielska Jesień as well as foreign awards (for example The Pollock-Krasner Foundation Award, given to Gliszczyński and Walczak), cavaliers of the highest state awards ( Wójcik) and prizes from the Ministry of Culture. This a group of acclaimed, accomplished and respected artists who remain true to themselves (perhaps thanks to that syndrome of not fitting in into the changing generational tendencies) and keep on exploring. Artists, who believe in values rather than group elation.
City Gallery in Wrocław
Kiełbaśnicza 28 Street
27.06 – 30.08.2014