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Housing Exhibition in 1929: "WUWA - Wohnung und Werkraum Ausstellung"

The exhibition presents works inspired by the architecture of Wrocław, especially objects from the Housing Exhibition (Wystawa Mieszkaniowa) in 1929: "WUWA - Wohnung und Werkraum Ausstellung"

Maria Kiesner (born 1976) is known for her architectural paintings that represent structural design from the PRL era, industrial objects, pre-war architecture or sculptures by Katarzyna Kobro. The artist uses archive photographs, postcards or press cut-outs as a basis to her works. The main inspiration to the set presented in Wrocław was the album "WUWA 1929-2009. The Werkbund Exhibition in Wrocław" ("Wrocławska wystawa Werkbundu") by Jadwiga Urbanik. Kiesner's paintings also present selected architectural objects of the post-war years as well as examples of modernism from other countries.

Maria Kiesner translates architecture into the language of painting with a strong sense of sagacity in the character representation of chosen objects. She shows architecture without people, but the space is not empty. The artist's image is not a cold and raw witness of unoccupied homes nor does it depict the melancholy of abandoned houses. Kiesner chooses buildings that somehow suggest the existence of inhabitants. painting the facade of the building while its owners are seemingly out.

The cycle presented at the Socato Gallery is mainly dedicated to close-ups of modernistic villas. In opposition to previous paintings, which were dominated by monumental shots of architecture, the Wrocław series is more intimate in its composition and themes.

The exhibition is accompanied by a catalogue with a complete reproduction of all works, in addition to information and trivia on the painted architectural objects, as well as their location on the map of Wrocław.


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