Alex Webber travels to the delightful little town of Sandomierz where he finds Widnokrąg, a place of art, culture, grace and hospitality, the very essence of the town itself.
Opened in 1994 as the first gallery in Poland and Europe to exclusively display art made under the Communist regime, a permanent display features around 300 paintings, sculptures, propaganda posters and sketches while its total depository includes around 2,600 works.
Wanessa Bąkowska, 12, had written a letter to the Queen and included one of her artworks entitled ‘Earth’. The Queen’s Lady-in-Waiting replied on her Majesty’s behalf saying the Queen was deeply ‘touched’.
Originally intended as just a three-day visit, the Spanish artist instead embarked upon a mini tour of the country lasting two weeks.
Of the works set for auction, the vast majority are defined by their arresting quirks and details. Samanta Belling from MAG Modern Art Gallery in Warsaw tells TFN: “The direction that Polish fantastic art has taken is thrilling and I think there’s potential for it to become known around the world.”
Designed by one of the eminent ceramic artists of the PRL era, Bolesław Książek, the tiles were revealed while renovations were being conducted on Złota Kurka, a milk bar that first opened in 1952 in Warsaw’s MDM district.
The internationally acclaimed singer spent her formative years in Gdańsk where she finished both secondary and high school before graduating from the city’s Faculty of Biology at the Teacher Training College and studying at the ‘Song Studio of Polish Radio and Television’.
The cave paintings dating back hundreds of years were found at a site called Amak'hee 4 in the Swaga Swaga Game Reserve in Tanzania.
Currently housed inside St Andrews Museum, Scotland, and taking approximately seven weeks to complete, the painting depicts a Polish paratrooper who has just landed at Arnhem; from his bag, personal keepsakes have spilled onto the pebbled ground. The artist said: “I wanted the painting to show what the soldier was fighting for: his family; his homeland.”
According to auction house DESA Unicum, the ‘sky’s the limit’ concerning the sale of the three works of art set to go under the hammer tomorrow (Thursday).