Films about Art - documentary review

4 June 2016, Saturday at 16:00 hrs, admission free

5 June 2016, Sunday at 14:00 hrs, admission free

ms2, Ogrodowa 19, audiovisual room


Between 1945 and 1989 more than one thousand films and recordings were made often by eminent artists and directors. They differed in style, from educational, often propaganda-style documentaries using classic narrative conventions up to impressive and experimental forms of presentation – and interpretation – of works of art and artistic phenomena. As a result, these films are not just historical testimonies of reception and narrative in art but, first and foremost, they open up new perspectives on art and “writing” the history of art through camera shots. 

Two-day screenings at Muzeum Sztuki in Łódź will introduce the audience to the most important Polish documentaries about art made in the times of the PRL (People’s Republic of Poland). Films will be shown in four thematic blocks, three screenings in each. Selection was made by art historians from the Institute of Art History of Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan: Prof. Piotr Juszkiewicz, Dr. Dorota Łuczak, and Dr. Filip Lipiński. Each thematic block will be preceded with an introduction to the subject drawing attention to selected issues connected with the specificity of particular documentaries and possible ways of their interpretation.




1. Visual projects – art film genres

„Dokumentacja 1913–1981”[Documentation 1913-1981] directed by R. Waśko, 1982

„Trzy wnętrza” [Three Interiors] directed by M. Potocka, 1983

„Artysta”[Artist] directed by K. Nałęcki, 1967


2. “Life” of artworks in Polish films about art

„Bykowi chwała”[Glory to the Bull] directed by A. Papuziński, 1971

„Z medio-magnetycznego atelier Tytusa Czyżewskiego” [From Medio-Magnetic Atelier of Tytus Czyżewski] directed by J. Robakowski, 1973

„Ślad” [Trace] directed by Hanna Włodarczyk, 1976


3. Haptic perception of artwork / film vision of artwork

„Abakany” [Abakans] directed by K. Mucha, 1970

„Ilinx” directed by A. Kraszewski, 1989

„Wernisaż”[Vernissage] directed by M. Waśko, R. Waśko, 1980


4. Office, nature, imagination, country cottage, industrial factory shop. Images of artist studio in documentaries about art of the times of the PRL

„Eugeniusz Eibisch” directed by K. Gordon, 1970

„Żelazne kwiaty” [Iron Flowers] directed by J. Afanasjew, 1965

„Interpretacje”[Interpretations] directed by T. Brzozowski, 1965


Screenings were prepared and will be moderated by:

Piotr Juszkiewicz – art historian, Professor at Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan [UAM], lecturer at the Institute of Art History at UAM. His interests include 20th century art, contemporary art and  critical studies of 18th – 20th century art. Received scholarships from Cambridge University, The Getty Grant Program, Rochester University, and Edinburgh University; editor of numerous publications, e.g.: „Melancholia Jacka Malczewskiego” [Melancholy by Jacek Malczewski](Poznań 1998), „Perspektywy współczesnej historii sztuki” [Perspectives of Contemporary Art History] (Poznań 2009), and author of the following books: „Wolność i metafizyka. O tradycji artystycznej twórczości Marcela Duchampa” [Freedom and Metaphysics; Tradition of Marcel Duchamp’s Art] (Poznań 1995), „Od rozkoszy historiozofii do gry w nic. Polska krytyka artystyczna czasu odwilży” [From the Bliss of Historiosophy to the „Game of Nothing”. Polish Art Criticism of the Post-Stalinist Period] (Poznań 2005), and „Cień modernizmu” [The Shadow of Modernism](Poznań, 2013).

Filip Lipiński – art historian, American studies specialist. Associate professor at the Institute of Art at Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan. Received scholarships from the Fulbright Foundation at   City University of New York (2007-2008) and  Terra Foundation for American Art in France (2008) and in the United States (2013). Author of „Hopper wirtualny. Obrazy w pamiętającym spojrzeniu”  [The Virtual Hopper. Images in a Remembering Look](2013), as well as numerous academic and non-academic articles on modern and contemporary art, art history theory and relations between art and film  published in magazines such as “Oxford Art Journal”, “RIHA Journal”, “Artium Questiones”.

Dorota Łuczak – art historian, associate professor at the Institute of art History at Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan, received scholarships from the Lanckoronski Foundation, French government, Corbridge Trust (Cambridge University), and Stiftung Preußischer Kulturbesitz. Her research interests include Polish and universal history and theory of photography, contemporary and modern art, and research methodology in art history.  In 2015 she successfully defended her PhD thesis „Wizja fotograficzna w kontekście zachodniej tradycji okulocentryzmu. Praktyka i teoria artystów europejskich i amerykańskich w I połowie XX wieku”[Photographic Vision in the Context of Western Tradition of Oculocentrism. Theory and Practice of European and American Artists in the 1st half of the 20th Century] . She is the author of academic, non-academic and critical texts. At present, she is involved in a research project „Polscy fotografowie, teoretycy i krytycy o fotografii 1839–1989” [Polish Photographers, Theorists and Critics about Photography 1839 – 1989] run under the National Programme for the Development of Humanities  [NPRH].


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