Artur Nacht-Samborski. From the artist's archive. Photographs and documents.
The artist's archive was donated to the Muzeum Sztuki, Lodz in 1988 by Ms. Leonia Janecka, an artist known, among other things, for her illustrations for the book "The Paul Street Boys," and privately a friend of the artist. Among the items donated from his studio were paintings, drawings, sketchbooks, souvenirs and photographs. The lease and accept protocol contained 41 items, among which were a letter of friends, membership cards of the Association of Polish Artists and Designers and 291 personal photographs from ca. 1949-1974, which have ended up in the Department of Scientific Documentation.
ms1, Gdańska 43
The acceptance of this gift became a pretext for organizing a monographic exhibition of the artist at the Muzeum Sztuki, which was personally ensured by the then director of the institution, Ryszard Stanislawski. The curator of the exhibition "Artur Nacht-Samborski. From the artist's studio. Paintings, Sketches, Drawings, Photographs, Documents" was Janina Ładnowska.
A showcase on the mezzanine displays selected documents from the aforementioned collection: letters from friendly male and female artists: Tadeusz Piotr Potworowski, Józefa Wnukowa, Janusz Strzałecki and Stanisław Teisseyre, a manuscript of a biography, a sketchbook, a church birth certificate issued to the artist during the war, which saved his life.
An essential part of the exhibition is a series of photographs featuring the artist with a painting by Teisseyre, with friends, outdoors in Sopot, in a flat with kilims, in the lens of Benedict Jerzy Dorys, on a trip to China, in atelier in Warsaw and near Warsaw. The portrait photographs are juxtaposed with "photographs of nature" mostly taken by the artist. The frame includes anonymous urban spaces, trees and empty roads. The artist photographed the landscapes while walking in the park, visiting cities or sitting in his flat. A series of photographs from the window shows the same frame in different lighting and time, and a changing view of the street. With the same interest, the artist documented daily life around him as he did visits to his flat by his guests, potted plants, his easel and dried paint palette. Sometimes he would sit at a table set up in a frame "arranged" beforehand with his camera.
Prepared by: Maciej Cholewiński i Marta Pierzchała
The presentation of archival materials is available daily, except Mondays and weekends, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and on Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission is 1 PLN. A ticket to the temporary exhibition at ms1 also entitles the visitor to view the presentation.