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Grzegorz Gwiazda

On the centenary of Rodin's death


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Anthological exhibition on the sculptor Grzegorz Gwiazda at MEAM

The exhibition coincides with the centenary of Auguste Rodin's death.

Born in Lidzbark Warmiski, Poland, in 1984, Grzegorz Gwiazda is considered, despite his youth, to be one of the best contemporary sculptors, and there are even those who believe that he is on a par with figures like Auguste Rodin, hence the original title that Barcelona’s European Museum of Modern Art (MEAM) gave to this anthological exhibition of his work: Grzegorz Gwiazda The Rodin of the 21st century. The exhibition actually coincides with the centenary of the death of the legendary French sculptor, who passed away in November 1917. The exhibition will open on the last day of the month and will run until 28 January 2018.

This will, in fact, be the first anthological exhibition devoted to the work of Gwiazda. So far he has taken part in collective and solo exhibitions, especially in his native Poland. A number of his sculptures are part of the MEAM collection, where he has also taught courses. His work stands out for his mastery of classical techniques and for the expressive force of the figures he carves, especially his male nudes.

Grzegorz Gwiazda was born in 1984 in Lidzbark Warmi?ski. He studied at Pozna? and Warsaw Schools of Fine Arts, and then at Accademia di Belle Arte di Brera in Milan, Italy, having been granted a scholarship. In 2009 he graduated with honours from Academy of Art in Warsaw) (ASP), where he had studied sculpture under Professor Adam Myjak. In January 2014 he was awarded his doctorate. Since 2009 he has been working in the Graphics and Sculpture Department at the Institute of Art Education at the School of Special Education (IEA ASP) in Warsaw. Since 2015 he has been cooperating with Barcelona Academy of Art.

In the academic year 2008 he was awarded a grant by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage, and in 2010 he received a grant from Inicjatywa ENTRY (Initiative ENTRY). In 2010 and 2015 his works Behold the man and Cyclist were honourably mentioned in the international competition of figurative art organized by Fundació de les Arts i els Artistes.

His works have been shown in individual exhibitions in:

Poland: Lidzbark Warmi?ski (Warmia Bishops’ Castle, 2008), Warsaw (the Promocyjna art gallery, 2011; the Fibak art gallery, 2013; the 101 projekt art gallery, 2014), Pozna? and Mosina (2013), Bydgoszcz (the Wspólna art gallery, 2013).

Itally: Positano (Square Gallery 2014) and Capri (White Room Galerry 2015)

Germany:  Sögel(Clemenswerth Castle 2015)

Austria: Hellein (Galerie Shloss Wiespach 2016 and 2017)

His sculptures have also been displayed in collective exhibitions both in Poland and abroad: Coming Out: the Best Graduates of ASP (Warsaw, 2009), Exhibition of Professors and Graduates of the Department of Sculpture at ASP (Warsaw, 2012), in Madrid (2010, 2011) and Barcelona (2011, 2015), Miami and Istambul Art Fairs 2014/2015.

His works are also part of the collection of Museu Europeu d’Art Modern in Barcelona.

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