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Polish Art post WW2

Professor Maciej Swieszewski

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Tuesday, 5 March 2019,
18:30 to 19:30
Location: 
Waterfront Building

The lecture starts at 18:30 with registration from 18:00.

Professor Maciej Swieszewski will discuss his current exhibition at the Waterfront Gallery with Dr Roman Nieczyporowski from the Gdansk Academy of Fine Arts

Günter Grass invited Maciej Świeszewski to join the Board of The Daniel Chodowiecki Foundation at the Akademie der Künste in Berlin in 1990. Grass established the foundation to help nurture and promote positive German - Polish cultural relations in light of the political traumas experienced in 20th century Europe. 

In conversation with Dr Roman Nieczyporowski, Professor Maciej Swieszewski will discuss how his drawings and paintings, which are currently on display at the Waterfront Gallery, are about human pain and suffering. He will focus on how this is based on his own geography and personal history, being a child of Post-War Europe growing up in Poland, which played home to some of the most extreme Nazi death camps during the second world war, such as Auschwitz, Majdanek and Treblinka. 

He will also explore how his work is influenced by artists such as Otto Dix, Zoran Mušič, Alfred Kubin, Jacek Malczewski and Bronisław Linke who share his need to depict a condition of human suffering which underpinned for Świeszewski the theory of the collective unconscious, first introduced by Carl Jung in 1916. 

Maciej Świeszewski is Dean of the Faculty of Painting and Graphics at The Gdańsk Academy of Fine Arts has held exhibitions of his work at The Foundation of Contemporary Art, Warsaw (1991), Galerie Dorota Kabiesz, Düsseldorf (1991), The XIV Chicago International Art Exposition (1993), 1112 Gallery, Chicago (1998), National Museum Cracow (2002), Museum of Western and Eastern Art, Odessa (2010), Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium (2011) and The China Academy of Art, Hangzhou (2017).