The Whitechapel Gallery Shows Major UK Exhibition of Polish Artist Wilhelm Sasnal
London - NOV 11, 2011
The Whitechapel Gallery is proud to present the first major UK exhibition of Polish artist Wilhelm Sasnal, a leading figure in contemporary painting. Wilhelm Sasnal paints images from everyday life and the mass media. His paintings range from portraits of his family and friends to icons of popular culture such as Roy Orbison, from a news image of a young girl rescued from the wreckage of the recent Tsunami in Japan to troubling chapters in the history of Poland including World War II and the Holocaust. "Wilhelm Sasnal" will be on view at the gallery from October 14th through January 1st 2012. Stylistically, Sasnal’s work fuses Romanticism with Realism, and Pop with Abstraction, demonstrating his knowledge of and passion for the history of painting and painting as a medium. He takes images from the multitude available in comic books, newspapers, television and online that might otherwise be overlooked to create a unique and highly personalised record of contemporary life. The Whitechapel Gallery exhibition offers a survey of Sasnal’s work made over the last decade, from 1999 until 2011, with more than 60 paintings and a selection of his films displayed in the galleries. The exhibition is divided into three sections and opens with Sasnal’s recent work, made between 2005 to 2011, that draws from images in the mass media and his world travels. The second section returns to a key moment in his early career, bringing together works that explore Poland’s role in World War II, including comic book style interpretations of Maus, Art Spiegelmann's cartoon narration of the Holocaust. The third section spans 2001 to 2005, with a selection of works that focus on the use of film and photography in his painting, as well as Sasnal’s continued interest in life, past and present, in Poland. Sasnal’s recent feature-length films and a selection of shorts will be screened as part of the accompanying programme in the Zilkha Auditorium. The Whitechapel Gallery is a public art gallery on the north side of Whitechapel High Street, in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets. Designed by Charles Harrison Townsend, it was founded in 1901 as one of the first publicly-funded galleries for temporary exhibitions in London, and it has a long track record for education and outreach projects, now focused on the Whitechapel area's deprived populations. It exhibits the work of contemporary artists, as well as organising retrospective exhibitions and shows that are of interest to the local community.The Gallery exhibited "Guernica" by Pablo Picasso in 1938 as part of a touring exhibition organised by Roland Penrose to protest the Spanish Civil War. For the history of post-war British art, the most important exhibition to have been held at the Whitechapel Gallery was This is Tomorrow in 1956. Initiated by members of the Independent Group, the exhibition brought Pop Art to the general public as well as introducing some of the artists, concepts, designers and photographers that would define the Swinging Sixties.

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 By: ArtKnowledgeNews

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