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Jerzy Krawczyk. Mice and Men

The exhibition entitled "Jerzy Krawczyk. Mice and Men”, organized in cooperation with Zachęta –  National Gallery of Art, displays rarely discussed themes present in the artwork of the artist from Łódź. The exhibition at the Muzeum Sztuki in Łódź invites us to focus on the perspective that determines all of Krawczyk's work. The new reading of the artist's paintings leaves no doubt that they were entirely marked by the trauma of the Holocaust.

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Place

ms2, 19 Ogrodowa St

Time

July 1 - September 25, 2022

Opening

July 1, 2022, Friday, at 6:00 pm

Jerzy Krawczyk is one of the most original Polish painters of the 20th century. Connected with Łódź, his first appearance in public as an artist took place in 1945 at an exhibition at the Centre of Art Promotion in Łódź. He attended Władysław Strzemiński's lectures and in his own way interpreted his Theory of Vision, developing his own painting formula, which he called “spatial realism.” The self-referential theme of “art about art” and personal experience, including the war events, were crucial for his painting. He would focus on them intensively until his suicidal death in 1969.

The works presented at the exhibition are characterized by a variety of styles and conventions. Krawczyk used numerous canons in a unique way, transferring them to the present day. The selection of works for the exhibition was done carefully and with a special emphasis on the experience of the Holocaust, which marked the painter's work the in post-war reality.

The exhibition opens with three works, the arrangement of which was suggested by the artist himself. The paintings "Quasimodo - Jurek", "Birkenau (Sawmill)" and "Mice and Men" constitute the key to the entire exhibition and emphasize the significance of the Jewish tragedy for Krawczyk. In addition to the very representation of camp scenes, pictures of German officers and portraits of the Jewish community, what is depicted here as well is the void: empty streets or objects without owners. The world had fallen into pieces. The shattered reality of the time is reflected in the collage manner of the paintings. Images, optical illusions, fragments of frames and inscriptions build up on  them. The trauma manifests itself in Krawczyk's work not only through direct references to the Holocaust, but also through  reflections on his own identity. The disintegration of the artist's personality is visible in the iconographic examples of his works. Numerous self-portraits or representations of the fictional character of Teodor Śloupć, who is Krawczyk's alter ego, can be interpreted as an expression of his inability to fully accept his own attitude towards the Holocaust and his helplessness to convey the whole truth about it.

The traces of the Holocaust are also visible in his landscapes of Łódź. Krawczyk spent the years of the Nazi occupation in Łódź, working on the production of signboards and observing what was going on in the ghetto. In his paintings he immortalized the streets of the industrial city filled with emptiness and loneliness. The works from this series show roads leading to the factories and tall wooden fences with stuck to them announcements and newspaper clippings. This void embraces individual and collective tragedies of the war.

The opening at the Muzeum Sztuki in Łódź was preceded by a cross-sectional exhibition entitled “Jerzy Krawczyk. All or Nothing”, presented at the Zachęta Gallery. Both shows are accompanied by a Polish-English publication edited by Michał Jachuła, presenting the multi-layered character of the artist's works of art.


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The exhibition was organized in collaboration with Zachęta – Narodowa Galeria Sztuki



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curators

Jarosław Suchan, Michał Jachuła

exhibition design

Mess Architects, Bartosz Malinowski

exhibition coordination

Katarzyna Mróz

editorial coordination

Andżelika Bauer

communication coordination

Aleks Matuska, Magda Milewska, Kinga Świtoniak, Kacper Szalecki, Katarzyna Szklarek-Zarębska, Barbara Trojanowska

graphic design

Krzysztof Bielecki

Patron of Muzeum Sztuki in Łódź

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INFO

Place

ms2, 19 Ogrodowa St

Time

July 1 - September 25, 2022

Opening

July 1, 2022, Friday, at 6:00 pm

curators

Jarosław Suchan, Michał Jachuła

exhibition design

Mess Architects, Bartosz Malinowski

exhibition coordination

Katarzyna Mróz

editorial coordination

Andżelika Bauer

communication coordination

Aleks Matuska, Magda Milewska, Kinga Świtoniak, Kacper Szalecki, Katarzyna Szklarek-Zarębska, Barbara Trojanowska

graphic design

Krzysztof Bielecki

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