FEMINA, FEMINAE, FEMINUM
Opening: 16.05.2013, 18:00
Dylag Gallery, Photography Gallery, ul. św. Tomasza 22
MON–FRI: 12:00–18:00 | SAT: 11:00–14:00
The exhibition presents the works of five art photographers who work in or are originally from Krakow.
The protagonist is the Woman.
Henryk Hermanowicz (1912–1992), the favourite pupil of Jan Bułhak, refers to her with great dignity, almost on his knees. "The woman with closed eyes" becomes a kind of icon, worthy of the greatest temples.
At the opposite extreme are the perverse photographs of Marek Piasecki (1935–2011). His "Maidens" are pinned to a tapestry like dead, dried butterflies. In the space that has developed between these extremes we can find the remaining three artists.
Tadeusz Chrzanowski (1926–2006) shows the disposition of a photo journalist in tracking women in London in 1958, lying in wait for an exceptional pose, expression, situation. Might not the "Woman Photographer" immortalised on film by chance be Marilyn Monroe, enjoying herself in the English capital at the same time.
Witold Chromiński (1913–1977), between overseas trips, exposes his sensitivity to the temptation of the female model. In his photograph Mascara we discern sensual forms, softened by steam and a hot bath.
Finally Marian Szulc (1922–1996), from the Krakow Kunstgewerbeschule, experiments with the form and detail of the female body. The skin on the sensuous bottom of Turning Nude recalls the outer structure of a fresh, unpeeled lemon, giving the viewer goose pimples. The woman, to the woman, of the woman...