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TOP 5. WHAT TO BUY AT ALLEGRO COLLECTOR’S ZONE
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1. Leaf of life, Sławomir Micek, bronze cast, 30 cm height (Liść życia” Sławomira Micka, odlew z brązu, wysokość 30 cm.) (Galeria Maya)
Sławomir Micek, born 1956 in Dębica. He graduated from Academy of Fine Arts in Kraków, finishing the course of industrial design in 1980. Since then, he works and creates in Kielce. A member of the Association of Sculptor Artists. He specialises in bronze and marble sculpture. Micek creates both large and intimate compositions, suitable to architectural spaces and outdoors as well as for interiors. An active participant of the artistic scene in Kielce. He realised many city commissions of large outdoor sculptures, commemorative plaques, statuettes and medals. Throughout his career, Micek took part in many competitions and exhibitions. Profits from the sale of his works are donated to chosen charities.
2. Fox, Zakopane school, patinated bronze, 14 cm high (“Lis” Szkoła Zakopiańska, brąz patynowany, wys. 14 cm) (Galeria Dyląg)
Zakopane school was a school of sculpture that originated in the Tatry mountains at the South of Poland in the 1920s. This style, championed by Karol Stryjeński and Antoni Kenar, drew inspiration from the regional wood sculpture, while adding modern elements such as geometrised representation and deep chiaroscuro. The traditional subject matter of saints, sowers, reapers and mountaineers was amplified to include animals, genre scenes and portraits. The style is characteristic for its dynamic compositions, expressive and geometric depiction, which underlined the affinities between the Zakopane school and modernist styles elsewhere: cubism in France and futurism in Italy.
3. Telos, 2014, pressed and hand blown glass, metal, 23 x 46 x 36 cm (Galeria Stalowa)
Glass work is for Alexandra Muresan a way of travelling in time to her childhood. Each of her projects she treats as a playground, in which the past, the future and the present intertwine, creating a game of never-ending possibilities. Each game leads to another, and then to the next one, thanks to which this creative process will be never exhausted. The artist finds a childish joy in her practice of finding her own artistic idiom through the play with glass; she creates letters and joins them into new words, thus making up new words and meanings, suitable to description of her travels in time. The pieces she makes are representations of these journeys, which the artist describes as three-dimensional photographs.
4. Sculpture by Igor Mitoraj, Breastplate – patinated bronze on marble plinth, 11 cm x 8 cm, signed MITORAJ at the bottom of the torso. Starting price: 3500zł (Tadeo Art)
(rzeźba Igor Mitoraj – Pancerz (Cuirasse) – brąz patynowany na marmurowej podstawie, wys. 11cm, sze. 8cm, sygnowany u dołu torsu “MITORAJ”)
Igor Mitoraj was a famous Polish sculptor who drew inspiration from the concept of broken beauty. His pieces, similar to the works of the old Roman and Greek culture, are fragmented, with a certain postmodern feel. They make us think about the damage inflicted on the antique statues by the passing of time. His works are prevalently large-scale and made in marble, terracotta or bronze. Mitoraj’s sculptures have the greatest impact when combined with a certain setting – the artist was particularly fond of the Meditteranean landscapes. (widewalls)
5. Zbigniew Dunajewski “Głowa mężczyzny” ( Attis Gallery)
This sculpture of Zbigniew Dunajewski is a portrait bust of an unknown man. Despite the geometric representation of the face, the piece is distinguished by its fluidity and delicacy, deriving from the smooth treatment of wood. The beholder is immediately drawn to the rhythm of arches, accentuated in the brows and moustache. The eyes seem slightly Downcast. “Man’s Head” exemplifies the main thread in the art of Zbigniew Dunajewski – the artist was first and foremost a portraitist sculptor, who also designed monuments and medals.
The article is part of “Step by Step” series created in collaboration with Collector’s Zone / Allegro.
Written by Dominika Tylcz