An Arts and Crafts Movement
October 2021 – January 2022
William Morris Gallery, London
Curated by Julia Griffin, Andrzej Szczerski and Roisin Inglesby
Bringing together over 150 objects from national and private collections across Poland – most of which have never travelled outside the country before – the exhibition introduces a British audience to the finest examples of Young Poland decorative art.
Two sections of the exhibition are dedicated to the towering figures of Stanisław Wyspiański and Stanislaw Witkiewicz (creator of the Zakopane Style), who more than any other artists came to define the Young Poland aesthetic. Others focus on the lesser-known Karol Kłosowski and Maria Pawlikowska-Jasnorzewska. The final section showcases the work of the Polish Applied Arts Society, the Museum of Technology and Industry, and the Kraków Workshops, a cooperative of artists, artisans and art professionals who combined Young Poland themes with a drive for original and independent art forms.
Objects range from paintings, drawings and archival photographs, through examples of furniture, embroidered textiles, lace, kilims, fashion, woodcarvings, tableware, stained glass, paper cuttings and Christmas-tree decorations, to the material culture of the Highlander communities that exerted such a profound influence on the Young Poland artists.