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Gallery of Polish Art after 1945

The Gallery of Polish art after 1945, located in the new building of Muzeum Śląskie in Katowice, presents works comprising only a part of its vast collection, the origins of which are connected with the restitution of the facility after 1984. Obtaining works from the years preceding this date was therefore difficult and the earliest period of post-war art is relatively modestly represented in the collection. The 1980s and the early 1990s are documented by the greatest number of works. The social and political changes taking place after 1989 – and the accompanying economic transformation – were the reason for which the enlargement of the collection slowed down. However, in the years  2008–2012, the museum acquired many precious objects – both from the early post-war period and contemporary ones. The exhibition was designed with the continuation and supplementation of the Gallery of Polish Art 1800-1945 (originating in the collection formed back in the 1930s) in mind, as well as with the intention of signalling the significant phenomena in the history of art after 1945.

The Gallery of Polish art after 1945 includes matter painting, geometric abstraction as well as emotional one (informel), taschism, metaphorical painting, neoexpressionism, new figuration as well as sculpture, photography and multimedia installations.

We can see here works by well-known artists, but also those less recognized ones, yet deserving attention and interest. The most outstanding individuals who shaped the art of their time, such as, among others, Andrzej Wróblewski, Tadeusz Kantor, Jerzy Nowosielski, Władysław Hasior, Zdzisław Beksiński, Józef Szajna, Zbigniew Libera, Grupa Łódź Kaliska, Lech Majewski could not be omitted. Despite being set in a certain agreed time span, the exhibition was treated quite freely as far as chronology was concerned, in order to accentuate certain styles and trends, which did not necessarily occur one after the other in the post-war art.

Exhibition curator: Joanna Szeligowska-Farquhar

Jerzy Duda Gracz, Picture 2046 Poetyka Wsi Załęcze

Ryszard Woźniak, A Fallen Angel, 1988

Tadeusz Kantor, Abstract Composition, 1963