A woman’s works is never done

(Praca kobiety nigdy się nie kończy) 
International Cultural Centre Gallery, Krakow
26 April – 11 August 2013

Cort Cornelis after Giulio Romano, "The three Parcae" (Moirai) (from the collection of Scientific Library of the Polish Academy of Arts and Sciences & the Polish Academy of Sciences in Krakow) © Międzynarodowe Centrum Kultury w Krakowie

The title of the exhibition is an English proverb particularly popular in America: “A woman’s work is never done”, first recorded in writing in the early 17th century, but which undoubtedly has an earlier origin. The leading theme is a presentation of female occupations and household duties, as well as the social roles played by women, shown in a realistic and symbolic-alegorical frame. The display consists of over 120 prints from the 16th to the 19th century. They include works by Albrecht Dürer, Lucas van Leyden, Rembrandt van Rijn, William Hogarth, numerous engravings by artists from the Italian, French and Dutch schools, and relatively rare works by female printmakers. A kind of visual counterpoint to the two-dimensional prints is provided by the contemporary sculptures and installations of Małgorzata Łojko, Erwina Ziomkowska and others, commenting on, supplementing and sometimes forming an addendum to the perspective presented by artists from bygone eras.
The main corpus of the exhibition has been formed with works from the Prints Room of the Scientific Library of the Polish Academy of Arts and Sciences (PAU) and the Polish Academy of Sciences (PAN) in Krakow. The exhibition is the ninth presentation of graphic art prepared in cooperation with this institution.