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The Sculptures of Zygmunt Piekacz: 45 Years of His Creations




April 19 - May 30, 2008
The Władysław Hasior Gallery
ul. Jagiellońska 18 b, Zakopane

The Tatra Museum presents the exhibition The Sculptures of Zygmunt Piekacz. 45 Years of His Creations from April 19 to May 30. Zygmunt Piekacz, the contemporary Zakopane sculptor, is celebrating 45 years of his work. His sculptures and bas-reliefs are on display at the Władysław Hasior Gallery, Zakopane, ul. Jagiellońska 18 b.


Zygmunt Piekacz was born in Zawichost, near Sandomierz in south-eastern Poland, in 1936. He attended the Secondary School of Fine Arts in Zakopane where Antoni Kenar, an outstanding sculptor, was his teacher. Dealing with such eminent artists and teachers as Władysław Hasior, Zygmunt Pokrywczyński, Tadeusz Brzozowski had a big impact on the young sculptor's creations. In 1963, he graduated from the Sculpture Department of the Krakow Academy of Fine Arts. On graduating, he was encouraged by his former teachers from the Zakopane school, Władysław Hasior and Kazimierz Fajkosz, to start working at the school. His work at the school lasted, uninterrupted, for 36 years. During this time, he educated many students who later became celebrated artists.

His artworks have been presented at Polish and international exhibitions in England, the USA, Germany, France, Norway, Slovakia, Italy, Syria, Egypt and Bulgaria.

At Zygmunt Piekacz's retrospective exhibition, works from the artist's collection are on display, among which there are sculptures and bas-reliefs in the Family, and Erotic series (inspired by Maria Pawlikowska-Jasnorzewska's poems), Tatra Landscapes, The Burnt Town, The Changeable Portrait, Pietà of Katyń, Christ, Motherhood, Don Quixote, Playing a Highlander tune. There are also some of Piekacz's latest artworks on display, made in darkened, aged wood and a few works  in bronze. The exhibition is accompanied by a brochure published by the Tatra Museum Society and financed by the Zakopane Town Council.

Teresa Maria Lisek, exhibition curator

Małgosia and Grześ
(Photo: Lucyna Piekacz)


Family IV
(Photo: Lucyna Piekacz)


A Lady with a Black Rose
(Photo: Lucyna Piekacz)


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