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EUROPEAN REVIVALS CONFERENCE 2015: RETURN TO NATURE
Artists' colonies and Nature in art, architecture and design around 1900
 
The Tatra Museum in Zakopane
September 23-25, 2015
 

In 2009 the Finnish National Gallery in Helsinki launched the research project European Revivals. Its underlying idea is to reflect upon European national revivals by bringing together and analysing multifarious connections and correspondences, which helped shape the identities of modern European nations. The conference organised by the Tatra Museum takes as its leading theme the return to nature, which manifested itself in visual arts, architecture and design, literature and music, philosophy and lifestyles around 1900. Rooted in the ideas of the 19th century thinkers and writers such as John Ruskin, it informed the Arts and Crafts and Back-to-the-Land Movements and parallel ideas comprehended as national revivals in central and northern Europe, all of which tapped into Romantic philosophy and imagination.

    

 
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ANGEL AND SON. THIRTY YEARS OF DIALOGUE BETWEEN STANISŁAW AND STANISŁAW IGNACY WITKIEWICZ     
 

16 May - 31 October 2015
 
Art Gallery in Koziniec
(branch of The Tatra Museum)
Zakopane, Droga na Koziniec 8
 
This year is a double anniversary associated with the well-known Witkiewicz family. It marks one hundred years since the death of the father, Stanislaw Witkiewicz (1851-1915), who was a painter, critic, the author of numerous monographs of famous painters and the creator of the Zakopane Style. It is also 130 years since the birth of his son, Stanisław Ignacy Witkiewicz - Witkacy (1885-1939). Their thirty years of coexistence, not only in terms of everyday family life but also spiritual and artistic development, took the form of an unprecedented dialogue between the two artists, bonded together by strong emotional ties.This exhibition, curated by Stefan Okołowicz, is an expression of admiration for the extraordinary phenomenon of the dialogue and exchange of views between both artists and a kind of homage to the father, Stanisław Witkiewicz, who was not for nothing called “an angel” by his sister Mary (known to Witkacy as “Aunty Mary”). The artist, known for his sense of humour, took this light-heartedly with a pinch of salt.
« TATRZANSKA ATLANTYDA », REMEMBERING THE AESTHETIC OF LOST PLACES (AVAILABLE IN ENGLISH)    
 

„Tatrzańska Atlantyda”, or « The Atlantide of the Tatras » by Piotr Mazik is a photo book rassembling images from the collection of the Tatra Museum which co-publishes this work. Far from conventions, definetely surprising in its content and priviledging aesthetic, this work invites to contemplation and reflexion.

« SZLAK STYLU ZAKOPIAŃSKIEGO », A GUIDE IN ENGLISH TO DISCOVER THE ARCHITECTURAL CHARACTERISTICS OF ZAKOPANE    
 

On July 16th 2014, the Museum of the Tatras celebrated an important day in its development with the opening of a course dedicated to the discovery of the specific architectural style of Zakopane under the name of « Szlak Stylu Zakopiańskiego ». Through the proposed route, it is possible to discover more than 40 houses and monuments built following stylistic requirements as they were defined by Witkiewicz.

THE EXCEPTIONAL « PORTRET OF KRYSTYNA AND LUDWIK FISHER » IS NOW IN WILLA OKSZA    
 

This unique art piece by Witkiewicz can now be seen at Willa Oksza. The artist is one of the most famous Polish artist of the 20th C. He founded his own firm of portret-making and he remains famous for this. He defined rules for five different categories of portraits (which he named after the letters A to E) : each one had its own characteristics and its price. The children depicted here belong the the A category : designed in a hyperrealistic style on a background including surrealistic features.

ARTISTS AND ART IN ZAKOPANE    
 

The Gallery of 20th Century Art at Oksza villa,
the newest branch of the Tatra Museum
Zakopane, ul. Zamoyskiego 25
 
The exhibition presents the output of the artistic community and artists who were temporarily connected with Zakopane at a time when the village was Poland’s leading centre of artistic excellence. All of them drew inspiration from the Tatra mountains and the Tatra Highlander culture. The display is presented in the interiors of Oksza villa, designed by Stanisław Witkiewicz in 1894 in the Zakopane Style, which was restored by the Tatra Museum in 2010.
 
 

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