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Wyspiański - A Vision Realised. Piotr Ostrowski

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“Interpreting Wyspiański’s dramas on stage or even in cinema is quite a different issue than that of transferring his fine art projects onto glass. However, it must be remembered that Wyspiański, despite having an absolutely brilliant feel for this technique, was not a stained-glass expert. There always came a moment when he handed over his projects to be completed by others.

During Wyspiański’s life, only a handful of his ideas were realised. One of the most painful disappointments, arousing continuous grief and bitterness, was failure to complete the stained-glass windows for Wawel Cathedral during the artist’s lifetime. The idea of completing them almost one hundred years after his death clearly revealed two completely different (yet very characteristic for Kraków) stances on the issue: one creative, and thus ready to accept challenges – although obviously very risky – as expressed by Andrzej Wajda, and the other conservative and secure, adopted by the opponents of the project.

Long after creation of the Wawel stained glass windows, I created a series in progress at the Stained Glass Museum, where the intention was to create or re-create – in front of visitors’ eyes – masterpieces that are significant for Polish – or, more broadly, European – heritage. The first was completion of one of Wyspiański’s most outstanding concepts: Apollo. The Copernicus System. The next was Polonia, based on a hitherto unexecuted project for Lviv cathedral.” Piotr Ostrowsk.

A richly illustrated history of work of Piotr Ostrowski on the stained glass projects of Stanisław Wyspiański spanning several dozen years. This unique album devoted to the art of stained glass discloses not only the mysterious technique of the craft, but also offers a glimpse at the titbits regarding the cooperation with Andrzej Wajda during the work on stained glass for the Wyspiański 2000 Pavilion.

The album contains history of work on: Casimir the Great, Henry the Pious, Saint Stanislaus, Apollo and Polonia. Two last works were created as part of the In the making series initiated by Ostrowski, the assumption for which is production of important stained glass works that are greatly significant for the Polish heritage in front of the audience.

- Soft back

- 35cm x 26cm x 1.5cm

- 170 pages