We would like to invite you to another lecture of the Bydgoszcz Academy of Art.

When it was announced that the 1925 Decorative Arts Exhibition would be held in Paris, heated discussions began in the Polish press – to go or not to go? After all, the country is still experiencing the aftermath of the Partitions, money is needed in virtually every sphere of life, and “artistic excesses” are expensive. It was decided, however, that Poland – for the first time in its own national pavilion – would showcase its achievements. And it was worth it – Polish artists brought home 172 awards! Among the artists invited to the show was Zofia Stryjeńska, who was honoured with four Grand Prix awards and an additional Legion of Honour. She was particularly praised for her originality and energy in the decoration of the Polish pavilion (designed by J. Czajkowski). These were decorative panneau depicting the 12 months and village work throughout the year. On her return to Poland, she was hailed as the “princess of Polish art”. Her extraordinary creativity and expressive style – recognisable and associated with the Polish variety of art déco – were forgotten after the Second World War. The monographic exhibition prepared by the National Museum in Krakow in 2009, “Zofia Stryjeńska 1891-1976,” not only contributed to the remembrance of her oeuvre, but also led to many academic and popular publications on Stryjeńska.

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.

20.03.2024, 6 pm
20 Gdańska St.

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