Polish contemporary art under Communism largely developed in the settings of plein airs and symposia organised under state patronage. The reportage documents two such events held in 1965: the sculptural plein air in Szydłowiec and the International Meetings of Artists, Scientists and Art Theorists in Osieki.
The latter initiative, organised yearly between 1963 and 1981, became one of the major events in the post-war history of contemporary art in Poland; it also contributed to the development of new tendencies of avant-garde and Conceptual art. The timeline of the Osieki plein airs includes the following account of the third edition of the plein air in 1965:
“Striving to live up to positive opinions concerning the two preceding meetings in Osieki, the organisational committee of the 3rd Plein Air made an attempt to merge the international character of Osieki meetings with their scientific profile. For the first time the guidebook, published in three languages, featured a graphic sign of the Plein Airs, created by Jerzy Fedorowicz.
The organisers treated seriously the opinion of Henryk Stażewski, who considered the plein air as a 'kind of congress devoted to art,' and therefore they invited art theorists.
The 3rd Plein Air was held in Osieki between the 28th of August and the 17th of September 1965. The event gathered 30 participants including Henryk Stażewski and Maria Ewa Łunkiewicz as honorary guests. Seven art critics and theorists concentrated in their lectures on the problems of art and art criticism. (...) Besides didactic displays created by Janusz and Maria Bogucki, the premises of the centre also hosted individual exhibitions by Maria Antoszkiewicz, Ireneusz Pierzgalski and Stanisław Fijałkowski, Jan Chwałczyk and Wanda Gołkowska. A post-plein air exhibition was also organised. The plein air was accompanied by a retrospective show of artists' gifts. The artists participated in meetings with high school students, teachers and tourists.”
Quoted from: Ewa Kowalska, Timeline of Osieki Plein Airs 1963–1981, [in:] Avant-garde in Plein Air: Osieki and Łazy 1963–1981, ed. Ryszard Ziarkiewicz, Koszalin 2008.
Redakcja: Helena Lemańska
Komentarz: Jerzy Kasprzycki
Lektor: Włodzimierz Kmicik
Zdjęcia: Henryk Makarewicz, Ryszard Golc
Opracowanie dźwiękowe: Ryszard Sulewski
Montaż: Jadwiga Zajiček
Numer tematu: 4-5
Osoba: Artur Sandauer (krytyk literacki, eseista), Jerzy Fedorowicz (malarz, konceptualista), Stefan Kościelecki (malarz), Adam Roman (rzeźbiarz), Maria Tyrankiewicz-Bojara (malarka), Julian Przyboś (poeta, eseista), Maria Antoszkiewicz (malarka), Marian Rojewski (grafik), Domicella Bożekowska (rzeźbiarka)
Czas akcji: 1965
Miejsce akcji: Szydłowiec, Osieki
Produkcja: Wytwórnia Filmów Dokumentalnych (Warszawa)
Format dźwięku: mono
Format klatki: 4:3
System koloru: czarno-biały
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