Władysław Hasior. The European Rauschenberg?

Until 27 April 2014

Władysław Hasior, King Herod, 1970, mixed techniques: assemblage
© Muzeum Narodowe w Warszawie

Hasior was one of the most accomplished Polish artists. The exhibition at the ICC is an attempt to restore his due place in 20th-century history of art. Presented at the exhibition are over a hundred works created between 1956 and 1986, considered the key manifestations of his philosophy. A historical context for them is provided by Polish film chronicles from the 1960s, fragments of films by Grzegorz Dubowski and photography by Wojciech Plewiński for Przekrój weekly from 1962. Hasior employed a rich repertoire of symbols drawn from religion, nature, technology, and everyday life. He deliberately avoided kitsch. His main format was assemblage, i.e. three-dimensional collations of readymade objects. By means of the exhibition’s title and texts in the exhibition catalogue, the curator provocatively confronts the works by Hasior with those by Robert Rauschenberg, although the artists were not aware of each other’s creations and acted independently. Both artists used found objects, that “symbolic rubbish,” whose meaning depends on various historical-social circumstances.