This exhibition surveys the development of Polish design after 1989. It shows how design artists coped with the budding capitalism in the 1990s, what imprint Postmodernism left on their works, how they joined in the international trends in design at the turn of the 20th and 21st centuries, and how they strive these days for individuality in an attempt to measure up to the competition on foreign markets. The economic efficiency is not always the only determinant of the form of a product. Yet the exhibition brings out the various aspects of design. Activities that are not profit- or market-oriented hardly ever have wide outreach, and their key objective is experimentation with materials, processes or new aesthetics, which is sometimes unacceptable for the mass audience. Many designers focus their attention on the search for a national identity, in doing which they gladly fall back on folk culture, locality or the past. Still other values are invoked by the youngest generation of artists, who tackle current social issues or carry out projects that engage them in environmental movements. Presented at fairs or in galleries, works by design artists are a special case: on the borderline of various disciplines, taking on the form of reflection or commentary.
Радзівілы : лёсы краіны і роду : творы са збору Мацея Радзівіла (Варшава) і Нацыянальнага мастацкага музея Рэспублікі Беларусь ; каталог твораў мастацтва выставы = Radziwiłłowie : losy państwa i rodu : dzieła sztuki z kolekcji Macieja Radziwiłła (Warszawa) i Narodowego Muzeum Sztuki Republiki Białorusi : Katalog dzieł sztuki z wystawy = The Radziwiłłs : the fates of the country and the family : the works from the collection of Maciej Radziwiłł (Warsaw) and the National Art Museum of the Republic of Belarus : the catalogue of the exhibition's art works (14.02.-16.04.2017)
Minsk : Halii͡afy, 2017. Мінск : Галіяфы, 2017.
Book — 95 pages : illustrations, color illustrations, portraits, color portraits ; 22 cm
"The catalogue includes 51 art works-- paintings, graphics and decorative-applied arts from the private collection of Maciej Radziwiłł as well as from the funds of the National Art Museum of the Republic of Belarus. It is about a third half of all the exhibition displays among which there are also old editions from the National Library of Belarus and the documents of the last century from the collection of the National Archives of the Republic of Belarus related to the Radziwiłł's inheritance. The articles describing the art works contains the data of historical essence. The publication is designed for scientists and is addressed to a wide audience."--Page .
The exhibition presents Polish art of the first three years after the Second World War. The years, when people were still thinking about freedom, democracy and justice despite the Yalta decreed changing the borders and placing Poland under Soviet influence. Artists, writers, people of culture were still contemplating democratic ideals. Painters and sculptors wanted to rebuild the line of artistic development destroyed by the war. The exhibition consists of three parts: The times of still-life, War/war, Abstraction and Surrealism. The times of still-life part of the exhibition shows the experience and consolidation of the coloristic trend. It presents the art of great individuals and explains the role of the Wielkopolska Museum at that time. The War/war part focuses on how so crucially important subjects like War and Holocaust influenced the artistic creation of that time. The Abstraction and Surrealism parts exhibit works of modern artists, from Wadyslaw Strzeminski to Tadeusz Kantor. The exhibition's timeline breaks off at the verge of the year 1949, when the government announced changes in the cultural policy of the country. Exhibition: National Museum Poznan, Poland (06.08.-12.11.2017).