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Galeria Władysława Hasiora Muzeum Tatrzańskie Zakopane

Władysław Hasior Gallery, Zakopane

budynek galerii Władysława Hasiora w Zakopanem otoczonej drzewami

ul. Jagiellońska 18b, 34-500 Zakopane Tourist region: Tatry i Podhale

tel. +48 182066871
It is an original gallery of the artist's works. Władysław Hasior was born in 1928 in Nowy Sącz, and in 1952 he graduated from the State Secondary School of Art Techniques in Zakopane, where he studied under an outstanding teacher and artist, Antoni Kenar. He graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw under professor Marian Wnuk in 1958, and a year later, he joined Ossip Zadkine's studio in Paris. Earlier, he was associated with the State Secondary School of Art Techniques in Zakopane and taught the next generations of its students for many years. He died in 1999. Hasior was a world-class sculptor, painter and set designer. In his works, he blended surrealism, abstract sculpture and traditional folk handicraft, using ready-made objects and creating three-dimensional compositions resembling collages (so-called assemblages). He kept the components for his artworks in his home in Zakopane. It is worth adding that the Gallery, which is nowadays a branch of the Tatra Museum and was established in the former lounging room of the “Warszawianka” sanatorium of 1935.

The Gallery was opened in February 1985. It became home to famous banners, spatial compositions, sculptures made of various materials, ordinary objects, often junk, which takes on new meanings in the hands of the artist. It featured metaphorical, witty, contradictory titles, that encourage reflection on the contemporary world and art. The gallery was established in the former lounging room of the “Warszawianka” sanatorium, built in 1935 according to the design by Wacław Nowakowski. The wooden lounging room had two floors, with a wall of windows from the south. The adapted spaces became multi-level interiors, serving as exhibition halls, a concert hall, as well as the artist's apartment and studio. “Hasior is a relative of late-medieval visual artists-poets”, wrote Marek Rostworowski, an art historian about the artist, “who evoke a beautiful and monstrous world combining reality with metaphor and the afterlife, intended to enchant a man tormented by reality and longing to cross it – the era of Hieronymus Bosch, Bruegel, witches or the Spanish lovers of martyrdom. (…) With him, nothing is what it is, but is what uncontrolled imagination can see. It is also a fairy tale because in Hasior's sentences words mean something different than when they are separated.”

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