We would like to invite you to another lecture of the Bydgoszcz Academy of Art.
In 1958, the Pomeranian Philharmonic building in Bydgoszcz was opened to music lovers. In the following years, its interiors were decorated with tapestries, paintings, prints and sculptures. The originator of the collection was director Andrzej Szwalbe (1923-2002). Sculptures have appeared in front of the philharmonic building and inside. Polish artists-sculptors made, among others, likenesses of F. Chopin, J.I. Paderewski, H. Wieniawski, K. Szymanowski, G. Bacewicz, H. Wieniawski and S. Moniuszko. By the 1980s, more works were set up in the park around the philharmonic. The collection of sculptures inside the building includes busts and portrait heads. The most important thing, according to Andrzej Szwalbe’s conception, was the faithful reproduction of the features of the portrayed persons, which is why photographs of the composers in Polish libraries and private archives were browsed during their preparation. Sometimes the composers posed themselves in the sculptors’ studios. Most sculptures were created in the 1970s and 1980s. Their authors include: Stanisław Sikora, Michał Kubiak, Marian Konieczny, Adam Myjak, Gustaw Zemła and Barbara Zbrożyna. Is the collection a closed one? Is Andrzej Szwalbe’s idea being continued? We will reflect on it at the January meeting.
Agnieszka Wysocka – PhD in art history, lecturer at Kazimierz Wielki University in Bydgoszcz. Researcher of architecture and cultural phenomena of the 19th and 20th centuries.