Lot 2, Edward Dwurnik - Victory Square (Plac Zwycięstwa)* - Polish Artists in the spotlight ~ Post-war generation in Central and Eastern Europe - Auctions

Victory Square (Plac Zwycięstwa)*


Executed in: 1982

Medium: Oil on canvas

Size: 97 x 146 cm

Signed and dated


Artist’s Studio, Asperger & Bischoff Gallery Inc., Private Collection, Germany

Price realised €36,600

Estimate €28,000 - €36,000


Edward Dwurnik is an outstanding Polish painter and graphic artist, undoubtedly one of the most recognizable personalities in Polish contemporary art. His oeuvre has been called ironic and grotesque, and includes expansive painting cycles focusing on recurrent social and political themes, produced in multiple versions, often simultaneously. His work has been exhibited at the Academy of Fine Arts, Warsaw; Bunkier Sztuki, Kraków; MOCAK, Kraków; Schaulager, Basel; Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin; Zachęta National gallery of Art, Warsaw; Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts, Paris; Museum Ludwig, Cologne; Stedelijk Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven; Documenta, Kassel; Sydney biennial; Museum of Art, Indianapolis; Museum moderner Kunst, Vienna; Padiglione d’Arte Contemporanea, Milan, and many others. His work also features in many private and public collections in Poland and abroad. 


Edward Dwurnik, an exceptional painter, has developed his own distinctive language and means of expression over the course of his career. He used this expressive language to depict Polish society, the inhabitants of large cities, members of various social groups, and contemporary political situations. His talent for using caricature, irony, and critical commentary with a large dose of warmth and affection results in an unparalleled style that makes his depictions truly unique. Dwurnik repeatedly makes reference to the urban fabric, creating his own mythology around the iconic places of Warsaw and other Polish cities. Such is the case in the painting Siegesplatz, which shows Dwurnik to be ever the keen observer of the changes the cities were undergoing. Moreover, he sometimes even anticipated changes in his paintings. At other times, his paintings became palimpsests, revealing successive urban layers, often with a literal reference to the history of the city.


1985, Edward Dwurnik. Paintings from 1980-1984, Asperger & Bischoff Gallery Inc., Chicago, USA

1998, Edward Dwurnik, Museum Villa Haiss, Zell am Harmersbach, Germany

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