Rythmical Lines


Wacław Szpakowski, a forerunner of geometric abstraction in world art.

Thursday 8 November 2018, 7:30 pm

Platan Gallery

Budapest, VI. Andrássy út 32.

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WACŁAW SZPAKOWSKI (1883–1973). Rythmical Lines

The exhibition hosted by the Platan Gallery at the Polish Institute and the accompanying presentation at the Hybridart Space showcase the work of Wacław Szpakowski, a Polish artist active in the first halt of the 20th century, a forerunner of geometric abstraction in world art. Putting a selection, The shows are based on selection of his pieces from the monographic exhibition of Wacław Szpakowski’s work organised by the Culture and Art Centre in Wrocław in 2016. Created in the period of 1900-1951, Rhythmical Lines are drawings based on a single unbroken line – mesmerising, rhythmical, and quasi-labyrinthine forms of visual and temporal nature.

Wacław Szpakowski – born in Warsaw (1883), died in Wrocław (1973) where he had lived from 1945. His works were exhibited only posthumously, originally at the Muzeum Sztuki in Łódź in 1978, and the first monographic show of his creative output took place in Brussels in 1992 (Atelier 340 with National Museum in Warsaw). Szpakowski’s drawings have been included in significant presentations of Polish art abroad (Presences Polonaises, Pompidou Centre, Paris 1983; Europa, Europa, Bonn 1994; Abstrakce.pl, Olomouc 2018). They also featured in Inventing Abstraction 1910-1925, a show recapitulating the beginnings of abstract art around the world, staged by the Museum of Modern Art in New York, 2012/2013.

Wacław Szpakowski developed a unique concept of image – his works can be seen as ‘temporal images’. A first-time viewer of his drawings will find huge enjoyment in detecting their rhythm, uncovering and tracing their visual-temporal structure. These pieces have a surprisingly contemporary feel, as well as modern graphic freshness. Composing Rhythmical Lines, the artist drew from nature, music, and human psyche, all of which are values unrestricted by time or space.

The two complementary exhibitions in Budapest present original works and familiarise today’s audience with their meaning by means of modern technology. The Platan Gallery, run by the Polish Institute in Budapest, offers an opportunity to see selected original drawings, drafts and notes by the artist. Some drawings have been turned into animations, allowing viewers to observe how Szpakowski constructed his images. At the Hybridart Gallery, viewers are encouraged to enter the environment of one of the Rhythmical Lines in a highly magnified reproduction which takes up the whole space, and unfolds different perspectives on Szpakowski’s artistic concept. The gallery will also host performative and sound actions referring to Rhythmical Lines.

Opening speech at the Platan Gallery by László Beke, art historian 

Curator: Łukasz Kujawski

Substantive cooperation: Elżbieta Łubowicz, Agnieszka Chodysz-Foryś

Organised by: Culture and Art Centre in Wrocław – Cultural Institution by Government of the Lower Silesian Region

Co-organizers: Polish Institute in Budapest, Hybridart Gallery in Budapest

Funded by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage as part of the multi-annual programme NIEPODLEGŁA 2017-2021, within the framework of the Kulturalne Pomosty funding scheme run by the Adam Mickiewicz Institute, and from the Budget of the Lower Silesian Voivodeship.

Dates and locations

  • 8 November 2018, 7:30 pm - Hybridart Space - Budapest, V. Galamb u. 6.
  • 8 November 2018, 6:00 pm - Platan Gallery - Budapest, VI. Andrássy út 32.