6 April 2018 - 22 July 2018
|Place||ul. Długi Targ 24, 80-828 Gdańsk, POLAND|
|Organizer||Muzeum Narodowe w Gdańsku / National Museum in Gdańsk|
The exhibition Ave Woman. Beata Ewa Białecka. A Retrospective at the National Museum in Gdańsk is a showcase of the art of Gdańsk painter Beata Ewa Białecka.
The sole subject of the artist’s paintings is the woman. However, Białecka is not interested in portraits; she wants to depict what femininity consists of and what builds its power, determines its status, speaks about its condition and the roles it plays in the contemporary world. The heroines in her paintings can be contemporary: Marta (2006), Nausea (2012), mythological: Artemis (2008), The Abduction of Europa (2004) or also Christian saints: The Good Shepherd (2007), Sebastian (2007). In her broad array of female figures, that of the mother has a special place, as exemplified in Two Mothers (2008) or Gravida (2014). The artist puts the universal form of her figures in a contemporary context. She often accompanies her figures of mothers, friends and girls with commentary on streamers with advertising slogans and quotes from ladies fashion companies: Ikar – be inspired (2004), Atu (2006).
On the one hand, this is an art that is full of content and emotion, on the other, formal, hand it is cool and austere, almost monochromatic. In recent years the painter has complemented her oil paintings with traditional embroidery. As a typically women-only job, the technique has come to play an important role in the pictorial narrative, enhancing the image’s message and drama.
Białecka is a very special artist who has her own original and distinctive style. She stands out in her extraordinary ability to make a creative fusion of the traditions of the painting of old, Christian iconography with contemporary narration and excellent technique.
Beata Ewa Białecka is a graduate of the Academy of Fine Arts in Cracow and the winner of many prizes and honorary mentions: the gold Primus Inter Pares badge (Academy of Fine Arts in Cracow), nominated for the Paszport Polityki (Polityka Magazine’s Passport) award, two-time finalist in the Painting of the Year competition (Królikarnia/National Museum in Warsaw, 2003, 2005), honorary mention at the Bielska Jesień Polish National Contemporary Painting Competition (2003), the Grand Prix of the Minister of Culture and National Heritage at the 6th Triennial of Sacred, Art Against Evil (Częstochowa, 2006), Grand Prix of the Minister of Culture and National Heritage at the 21st Festival of Polish Contemporary Painting (Pomeranian Dukes’ Castle, Szczecin, 2006), distinction from ARTLUK quarterly magazine (2010). She has exhibited her work at over 20 individual exhibitions in Poland, Germany and the US and over 40 collective exhibitions. Her paintings are in collections in Poland and abroad: in Germany, the UK, Belgium, the US, Australia and Japan.
The exhibition, and its accompanying catalogue, will feature 57 paintings.
Place: Muzeum Narodowe w Gdańsku/Oddział Zielona Brama
National Museum in Gdańsk/Green Gat Department
Gdańsk, Długi Targ 24
Date: Preview 5.04.2018 at 18:00; exhibition open 6.04. through 22.07.2018.
Curator: Małgorzata Macur-Ruszkowska