A Country on the Vistula River
The exhibition at the Ujazdowski Castle Centre for Contemporary Art is the first substantial presentation of the several decades worth of Jarosław Modzelewski’s work. However, the display is not organised chronologically, but focuses on selected motifs and themes recurring in Modzelewski’s painting throughout his career.
The exhibition space is subordinated to a shape referring to the rodło symbol, taken from one of Modzelewski’s first paintings — Untitled [Rodło] from 1980. This painting is the starting point for the presentation of the sunsequent stages of the painter’s work, while the main theme is the Vistula River, linking the formally distinctive periods of Modzelewski’s work. Over the decades, the river was the subject of many of Modzelewski’s paintings and the symbol of Polish identity revealed not through the depiction of significant or solemn events and figures, but rather the context-building details, ordinary activities, or the specificity of landscape, characteristic of the country on the Vistula River.
- Marcel Skierski