21 October 2016 – 5 March 2017
The first UK retrospective of one of the important Eastern European artists of the 20th century.
'I come up with an idea, and then bang! There’s no knowing what the result will be,' said Edward Krasiński. As a young man from Lutz, by way of Kraków's Academy of Fine Arts, he moved to Warsaw, rubbing shoulders with artists and critics consumed by the avant-garde, including pioneering painters Henryk Stażewski and Tadeusz Kantor. The allure was permanent, and Krasiński spent the rest of his career in living the city, while exhibiting throughout the country and internationally.
His practice included painting, sculpture and exhibition making, with experimental approaches that embed the principles of constructivism and, later, minimalism and conceptual art. This exhibition will include some of his gravity-defying sculptures from the 1960s, as well as recreations of landmark installations that incorporated life-size images of the artist in dialogue with sculptural forms.
Perhaps the most fascinating of these is was his ongoing commitment to transforming his living and working space into a work of art, which is revealed in a film by Babette Mangolte.