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Spectra Art Space

2017 / 04 / 12

RYSZARD WINIARSKI | Event - Information - Image

Collateral Event of the 57th
International Art Exhibition 
La Biennale di Venezia

Ryszard Winiarski
Event – Information – Image

Collateral Event of the 57th International Art Exhibition La
Biennale di Venezia

13th May – 26th November 2017

Palazzo Bollani
Castello 3647, Venice 

Starak Family Foundation
Spectra Art Space
Founders: Anna and Jerzy Starak
President of the Board: Elżbieta Dzikowska 
Curator: Ania Muszyńska

The exhibition of Ryszard Winiarski’s works presents the oeuvre of one of the most interesting personalities of the Polish art of the second half of the 20th century. An artist, engineer, painter, stage designer, teacher, precursor of conceptual art, and the leading representative of indeterminism. In his diploma thesis of 1966, titled “Event-Information-Image”, he defined a mature and innovative concept of a piece of art based on an attempt at transferring the issues of mathematics, statistics, information technology, and game theory to canvas. The masterly intellectual game recorded in the square “Areas” built of black and white modules permitted the artist to vary effects and techniques. He created both relief, kinetic, spatial objects and interactive game boards, surprising 
viewers with an invitation to participate.

The exhibition demonstrates an impressive spectrum of visual effects of the artist’s explorations. Beginning with “Attempts at a visual presentation of statistical distributions” and “Penetration of illusory and real spaces”, to “Areas” constructed with mirrors with the use of the third dimension, to irregular “Sets” and randomised “Events”. The exhibition is complemented with “Game Parlour” composed of a set of board games of 1976, where we encourage, after Winiarski, active participation in the process of creating visual objects similar to those of the artist’s. The painting fields which earlier had been artistically arranged  were replaced by plain boards, places for games.

The idea chosen and applied by Ryszard Winiarski has developed into a programme with a prophetic value that could not be foreseen at the time of his activity. His bold vision of incorporating the real information in the painting, binary aesthetics, and use of participation perfectly fit Ryszard Winiarski’s oeuvre of the 1970s into such widespread contemporary phenomena as development of visual communication, dominance of digital narrations, universality of participation, popularity of QR codes.

The exhibition presents the works by Ryszard Winiarski from the collection of Anna and Jerzy Starak, Museum Sztuki in Łódź, artis’s family collection and other private collections.

Ryszard Winiarski | Event-Information-Image exhibition is open to public from 13th May to 26th November 2017,
from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.. Closed on Mondays. 
Free admission.

Palazzo Bollani
Castello 3647, Venice

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