'Marian Molenda: sculpture, bas-relief, painting' exhibition

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The vernissage will take place on 24 March 2023, at 5 pm, at the ZPAP Gallery (Krakowska 1) in Opole.

The exhibition will run until 11th April.

"The exhibition of works I want to present at the Opole District ZPAP Gallery is related to my 40-year period of artistic creation after graduating from the State Higher School of Fine Arts in Gdańsk (now the Academy of Fine Arts) in 1983. I recall the time I spent in the studios of sculpture, ceramics and drawing with great fondness, therefore I will show a sculpture of a head, two ceramic forms and a drawing, which were created during my education in the years 1978 - 83 at the abovementioned academy.

The exhibition will also include works in sculpture (wood, bronze, synthetic resins), bronze relief, and drawing and painting.  To briefly refer to the stylistics of my works - it is figuration.

The human being is the main medium in a transposed form, whose roots go back to the Cubist and organic abstraction sculptural period.  I show works that have their semantic basis in human values, fragility, doubt, faith, etc.

The exhibition will consist of about 50 works - a cross-sectional selection, but mostly created after the exhibition at the same Gallery in 2018 (now on two floors)."

Marian Molenda

In Marian Molenda's sculptures I discover a world of pure form, an abstract play of masses, hidden vectors of force, perceptible energy connections, tension directions, and contrasts. I follow the professionalism of these activities, thinking of sculpture as a technical discipline,  whose basic axioms cannot go beyond the principle of physical form, the principle of centre,  fullness, the totality of structure and construction, and finally, respect for the material.
Prof. Bogusz Salwiński, Academy of Fine Arts in Krakow