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Andrzej Wróblewski. Recto / Verso (08/02/2016)

November 17, 2015 – February 28, 2016 / Palacio de Velázquez. Parque del Retiro

The Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía presents the exhibition Andrzej Wróblewski: Recto / Verso, focused on Andrzej Wróblewski (1927-1957), one of the most important Polish artists of the 20th century. This will be the largest Wróblewski retrospective outside of Poland.

Wróblewski was a creator of formal experiments on the border of abstraction and figuration, an artist manifesting an unusually suggestive vision of war and human degradation, based on deep political commitments. His rich, diverse body of work was created over a very brief period (less than ten years), during a distinctly turbulent era.

The exhibition Andrzej Wróblewski: Recto / Verso concentrates on two phases in his work: its very beginning, when the artist was trying to come up with his own painterly language (1948–1949) and its very end when, after a period of faith in Stalinist socialist realism and voluntary submission to its mandatory guidelines, he attempted to redefine himself, as if starting from scratch again (1956-1957). These two phases are connected in Wróblewski's art, both in subject and form, by a unique and highly personalized approach to modernity and the avant-garde. His numerous double-sided paintings and works on paper created in these periods are the material sign of his being torn between political engagement and artistic experiment.

DATES: November 17, 2015 – February 28, 2016

PLACE: Palacio de Velázquez (Parque del Retiro)

ORGANIZATION: Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía and Museum of Modern Art, Warsaw


Andrzej Wróblewski Foundation.

With the support of the Polish Cultural Institute, Madrid

CURATORSHIP: Éric de Chassey and Marta Dziewańska

COORDINATION: Carolina Bustamante and Patricia Molins

EXHIBITION TOUR: Muzeum Sztuki Nowoczesnej w Warszawie (Museum of Modern Art, Warsaw) (February 12 - May 17, 2015)

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