retrospective exhibition of Marian Konarski
From 3 June, the City Gallery invites to a retrospective exhibition of Marian Konarski (1909-1998) – painter, draughtsman, sculptor, as well as poet and art theoretician who in the 1930s was closely associated with the artistic group called The Tribe of the Horned Heart, founded by Stanisław Szukalski. The exhibition will feature around 60 artworks, including oil paintings, gouaches, drawings and sculptures.
Today, Konarski’s art, somewhat forgotten, is primarily analysed in the context of his alliance with Szukalski’s Tribe of the Horned Heart. Undoubtedly, ideas promoted by Stach from Warta profoundly influenced the art of his most faithful disciple – Marzyn from Krzeszowice and his horned heart. The stigma of being part of the Tribe, however, weighted down on Konarski and unfairly made the audience forget about his individual artistic personality which had been shaped by several decades of untiring creative work.
According to Marian Konarski’s own view, his art can be described as poetic realism. The artist, who was as skilled with words as he was with his painting tools, would always highlight the narrative value of his highly allegorical and metaphorical works. While for decades the content remained the essence of Konarski’s art, he strived to experiment with form and drew from various genres, from geometric abstraction, through surrealism and up to synthesised expression. In addition to drawing and oil painting, gouache remained his favourite creative technique.
Marian Konarski’s retrospective exhibition at Wrocław’s City Gallery will showcase a broad array of his artworks. Next to the artist’s early works produced at the time when he was actively involved in the Tribe of The Horned Heart, the show will also include pieces created in the last decade of the painter’s life. The exhibition will thus attempt to bring the audience closer to the successive stages in the evolution of Konarski’s creative personality.
The exhibition comprises objects borrowed both from museum collections and private collections.
The exhibition runs until 30 June 2022.
The exhibition is curated by Katarzyna Zahorska.