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Musée de l'Elysée exhibits works by Wojciech Zamecznik and Martin Kollar
Portrait de Wojciech Zamecznik ® Juliusz & Szymon Zamecznik, Fundacja Archeologia Fotografii.

LAUSANNE.- Wojciech Zamecznik (1923-1967) The Polish graphic artist Wojciech Zamecznik was an influential figure in the post-war Polish art scene. Working between 1945 and 1967, he is famous for his posters (more than 200), and his sphere of activity covered various fields: publishing (magazine covers, book designs), music (posters, album covers), cinema (posters, opening credits, films) and exhibitions. Zamecznik soon became interested in photography and is considered a pioneer in combining the medium with graphics. The exhibition, organized in partnership with the Fundacja Archeologia Fotografii, which holds the artist’s archives in Warsaw, is the first international presentation of his photographic work.

Curated after studying thousands of the artist’s phototypes, the project reveals his ceaseless exploration of the photographic medium. His work shows his interest in movement, speed and the conception of graphic and abstract forms. The exhibition comprises between 150 and 200 pieces. The selection presents his vast photographic production: from original silver prints to color productions in the form of projections. The negatives, preliminary tests, prints and contact sheets demonstrate the graphic artist’s creative process. Original posters, album covers and publications, along with his films, complete the collection and give an idea of the diversity of his work.

The exhibition is accompanied by a publication devoted to the photographic work of Wojciech Zamecznik.

Curators: Anne Lacoste, Musée de l’Elysée, in collaboration with Karolina Puchala-Rojek, Presidente of the Fundacja Archeologia Fotografii.

Martin Kollar: Provisional Arrangement
Like in a road movie, Martin Kollar stalks situations where uncertainty creeps between unexpected, often unusual scenes photographed in the course of his wanderings. Deviating from a purely documentary practice, the Slovak photographer captures the moments where two opposing temporalities, the permanent and the ephemeral, clash. His pictures reveal these moments of transition and are intended to «fill in the gap, and build in the interstices» of reality. By focusing his attention on these visual inconsistencies and nonsense, the artist creates another dimension of reality that results in a strange world where absurdity is manifested but also the poetry of everyday life.

This exhibition and publication project is made possible by the Prix Elysée, with the support of Parmigiani Fleurier, of which Martin Kollar is the first recipient.

Curator: Lydia Dorner, Musée de l’Elysée

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