"El Greco Throws White with Brute Force". Białoszewski on Art, Sight, and Seeing. Lecture by Anna Śliwa

ms2, Ogrodowa 19
28.04.2016 at 18:00 hrs, free admission

A lecture under the research programme Związki literatury i sztuk wizualnych po 1945 roku [Liaisons of Literature and Visual Arts after 1945]

Miron Białoszewski is commonly considered an audile person, who with his sensitive ear hears urban „noises, clusters and sequences”. Starting with his debut Obroty rzeczy [The Revolution of Things], Białoszewski called life, not any of famous painters, sculptors or architects, the greatest „artist”. On the other hand, however, although it is hard to consider the writer a frequent visitor to museums, he would visit them during his journeys, write down his impressions, buy reproductions, and make friends with artists.  Leszek Soliński, art historian and painter, for many years was Białoszewski’s partner and flatmate in the Warsaw apartment in Dąbrowski Square. With him and with Ludwik Hering, the co-founder of Osobny Theatre, Białoszewski discussed subjects related to art giving an extremely interesting testimony of the reception of the works of art. In Białoszewski’s prose a masterpiece cannot exist without a spectator: somebody who looks at it, admires it but also gives it a name, describes it or shares her/his impressions. Thus, an encounter with a work of art is an encounter with the language, preferably everyday one, colourful, full of colloquialisms and person-specific vocabulary that is the closest to reality.  

Anna Śliwa – PhD in humanities, graduate of Polish Literature and History of Art at the University of Gdańsk. Author of Sztuka – percepcja – język. Sfera wizualna w poezji i prozie Mirona Białoszewskiego [Art – Perception – Language. Visual Aspects in Miron Białoszewski’s Poetry and Prose] (Universitas, Kraków 2013). She published in “Pamiętnik Literacki” quarterly, “Teksty Drugie” [Second Texts] bimonthly, “Twórczość” monthly, “Fraza” quarterly, ”Barok”, “Archivolta” quarterly, “Slavica Gandensia”, and “Bliza” quarterly. Her interests include Polish literature of the 20th century, graphics, interferences of arts, aspects of visual perception, the role of sight in literature, culture, and art. She works at the Department of Art in the City of Gdynia Museum.

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