Art exhibitions are these days no longer confined to museums and art galleries, with shows of paintings and sculptures now being increasingly often organized in modern residential, office and retail buildings, as well as in the public areas around them. One such event is currently on at the Cosmopolitan Twarda 4 luxury residential tower in downtown Warsaw. The 42nd story of the skyscraper is housing an exhibition of the works of the acclaimed 20th century Polish artist Wojciech Fangor.
The event is being held to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the creation of Fangor’s seminal installation “Studium przestrzeni” (“A study in space”). On display are mainly paintings from the 1960s and the 1970s, the most important period in the artist’s career. At that time, Fangor produced multi-colored abstract compositions made of circular, wave-like and amorphous shapes. The paintings enter into a dialogue with the surrounding space, including that outside the building, seen through the windows on one of the top floors.
Along with Magdalena Abakanowicz, Roman Opałka and Tadeusz Kantor, Wojciech Fangor (1922-2015) is one the most recognizable Polish artists abroad. One of the founders of the so-called Polish School of Posters and the author of one of the first spatial installations in the world, his work was presented at New York’s Museum of Modern Art and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum. Fangor’s work remains popular with collectors both in Poland and around the world. Last year, four of his pieces were sold for more than PLN 1 million each.
Art and urban context
Katarzyna Wąs, the curator of the exhibition, speaks about the reasons for presenting Fangor’s art in an apartment building
WBJ: How was the idea of organizing an exhibition of paintings at the Cosmopolitan Twarda 4 building born?
Katarzyna Wąs: We have been cooperating with the Cosmopolitan Twarda 4 apartment building for many years now. The 42nd story offers unique space for presenting art where paintings enter into a dialogue with the modern city and the dialogue is given additional context. The 42nd story of the building regularly houses exhibitions, concerts and vernissages.
Wojciech Fangor is the core of the Jankilevitsch Collection. This year marks the 60th anniversary of the “A study in space” installation that was a breakthrough in his career and in the history of art in general. The exhibition makes direct reference to that installation when it comes to the number of paintings and the way in which they are presented.
Are you planning other exhibitions at Cosmopolitan Twarda 4?
This is the fourth exhibition of works from the Jankilevitsch Collection to have been organized on the 42nd story of the apartment building. The previous one – which took place last September and October – featured unique paintings by one of the most outstanding female painters of Polish descent, Mela Muter. Art is a fixture at Cosmopolitan Twarda 4. We are presenting it in both the apartment lobby and the office lobby. Pieces of art from the collection also adorn the show apartment of Park Lane, another of Tacit Investment’s premium residential projects.