(Thursday), 5.45 PM, start: level III
Screening of films and meeting in the cycle
A journey of a galaxy of contemporary artists.
• Anna Szpakowska-Kujawska, script, direction and editing: Tadeusz Złotorzycki, camera: Stanisław Sielicki, Jacek Zachodny, music: Zbigniew Margielski. An independent production, beginning of the series Wrocław Artists, Wrocław, 2016 (duration: 60’).
The documentary shows the artist and her works as she tells the story of her life, fascinations, passions and twists of fate that significantly influenced her creative attitude. She talks about the subsequent works while emphasising the continuity of artistic tradition in her family. An overview of Anna Szpakowska’s works enriched with photographs from her family archive.
• Anna Szpakowska-Kujawska, director and screenwriter: Michał Stenzel, production: European Capital of Wrocław 2016 (duration: 5’).
A fragment of a series of interviews with artists who participated in the exhibition Art Searches for IQ. Artists from Wrocław, which was held under the Visual Arts Programme of European Capital of Wrocław 2016. In the presented fragment, Anna Szpakowska reveals that for her art is a means of telling a story about life, and she finds it easiest to “talk with her hands.”
• presentation of Anna Szpakowska-Kujawska’s works from the series The Way Within: 12, 18, 22 (2010, 2011), Joanna Kwaśna (level III)
• screening of Tadeusz Złotorzycki and Michał Stenzel’s films (level I)
• conversation with the artist (level I)
Anna Szpakowska-Kujawska (b. 1931) – ) is a painter, sculptor, ceramic artist; she also uses collage and other techniques developed over the course of her artistic experiments.
She graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Wrocław. She studied under Stanisław Dawski and Eugeniusz Geppert (diploma in 1956). From 1977 to 1984 she taught painting and drawing at Kwara College of Education in Ilorin, Nigeria. A member of the Wrocław Group. Among her well-known works have been the ceramic painting on the elevation of the seat of the Faculty of Mathematics of the University of Wrocław (1971) and the plafond in the hall of the Provincial Library in Wrocław (1975). She has received numerous awards and had over 40 individual exhibition in Poland and abroad. Her works can be found in the collections of the National Museums in Wrocław and Warsaw, the Museum of Art in Łódź, the Lower Silesian Society for the Encouragement of Fine Arts, and in private collections.
“Anna Szpakowska-Kujawska has always been very close to everyday life in her art, and this is the greatest invariable feature of her work, as it comes from the depth of her personality. (…) [She has created] her own, original style. One that is fluid and variable, in which the mandalic form of a circle, sphere and movement towards the centre, appears as the key element – a form symbolizing a human person.”
[after: Elżbieta Łubowicz, ART SEARCHES FOR IQ, Wrocław, 2016, p. 98]
Preparation and production Wiesława Wilczyńska-Koper
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