May 15th, 2007 – September 2nd, 2007
The exhibition brings closer the outstanding collection of Mateusz Grabowski –a Polish art lover acting in London after World War II. In 1959 he founded Grabowski Gallery, which presented and promoted mostly art of British artists of the young generation, often associated with pop-art and various trends of the geometric abstraction (like op-art). Exhibitions organized over there were sometimes first individual expositions of those artists, and to the openings used to come “entire artistic London.” Simultaneously, Grabowski was gathering his private collection of artworks, among which there were works of: Bridget Riley, Derek Boshier, Pauline Boty, Frank Bowling, Michael Kidner, Jan Lebenstein, Jeffrey Steel – artists currently considered as leading British creators at that time.
After closing the gallery in 1975, Grabowski donated his collection to two institutions in Poland – Muzeum Sztuki in Łódź and Muzeum Narodowe in Warsaw. Thanks to this donation Muzeum Sztuki received 238 artworks of 127 artists, works descended not only from Poland or Islands but also from all Europe and territory of former British colonies and even from Latin America. At the exhibition, there will be presented works from this collection, which are currently in the collection of the Muzeum Sztuki, and which make up today a significant part of its collection. The exhibition, while bringing closer person of Grabowski, will also remind of the significance, which he had in the promotion of Polish creators abroad. In his collection, there are works of native artists currently considered as leading ones: Wojciech Fangor, Zbigniew Makowski or Alina Szapocznikow.
The exposition will be accompanied by bilingual catalogue and interactive CD discussing all works from Mateusz Grabowski collection as well as containing the texts that characterize activity of the collector and its significance in London cultural environment.
Exhibition curators: Paulina Kurc, Anna Saciuk-Gąsowska