Piotr Zieliński is the founder of Wirydarz Art Gallery and curator of all exhibitions. The Gallery is located in the city’s heart in the Old Town at 19 Grodzka Street in a charming Waksman tenement house. From the very beginning, Wirydarz Art Gallery presents the works of the most outstanding contemporary artists. So far 140 exhibitions have been housed here, it has also realised about 40 open-air exhibitions and artistic displays in various art centres in Poland and abroad. The Gallery has organised more than 30 nationwide outdoor painting workshops and launched over 30 charity auctions. Overall, we have published over 100 thousand catalogues, folders, posters, postcards, calendars and other publications on art.
The Gallery staged exhibitions of Cracow painters from the legendary Wprost Group: Maciej Bieniasz, Zbylut Grzywacz, Leszek Sobocki and Jacek Waltoś. We also displayed works of the Katowice group, Tercet Nadęty: Janusz Szpyt, Leszek Żegalski and Piotr Naliwajko. We presented the works of Jerzy Duda Gracz and Kiejstut Bereźnicki, Adam Myjak, Tadeusz Kantor, Juliusz Joniak, Tadeusz Dominik, Andrzej Fogtt, Edward Dwurnik, Waldemar Marszałek, Jarosław Modzelewski, Józef Panfil and Henryk Waniek.
In 2003 in cooperation with Stanisław Fischer Museum in Bochnia we launched a large exhibition entitled ‘Jacek Malczewski and others’. The event was devoted to the most prominent painters of the Young Poland period. The following artists have also their exhibitions mounted in our Gallery: Ewa and Roman Fleszar, Andrzej Strumiłło, Tadeusz Brzozowski, Andrzej Winiarski and Tadeusz Boruta. We also had the occasion to host big exhibitions of Nikifor and Jan Kanty Pawluśkiewicz, Kashinath Chauhan – the Indian Nikifor and Marcin Samlicki as well as many other artists, also these young, intriguing and promising ones.
Next to the dominant field of painting, we exhibit various art genres such as: pastel (Stasys Eidrigevicius), photography (Edward Hartwig), graphics (Ryszard Stryjec), set design (Krystyna Zachwatowicz and Andrzej Wajda, anniversary exhibition of Juliusz Osterwa Theatre in Lublin), poster (Andrzej Dudziński, Stasys Eidrigevicius), installations (Tomek Kawiak), sculpture (Adam Myjak, Ewa Fleszar).
In order to promote Polish contemporary art – apart from mounting exhibitions – Wirydarz Gallery organizes symposia on art such as the one dedicated to Polish and French contexts in 20th century art held on the occasion of the 5th anniversary of Wirydarz Gallery. The Gallery also runs a debating club within current exhibitions and organises meetings with artists. We are also involved in publishing activity.
Wirydarz Art Gallery is widely recognized and appreciated by large numbers of visitors as well as critics. Gallery’s activities receive immense media interest. It is also worth mentioning its educational role – Wirydarz Gallery often hosts various groups of visitors ranging from kindergarten groups to the Third Age University students.
Wirydarz Art Gallery operates thanks to financial support from the sponsors and the funds of the city of Lublin. Our sponsors are: KORN – Jewellery Studio, BNP Paribas S.A., Perła Browary Lubelskie S.A. and Lublin Airport S.A.
In 2005 Wirydarz Art Gallery was named by “Polityka” weekly one of the best private art galleries in Poland. We run a sales showroom with a number of artworks of leading Polish contemporary artists.
You are cordially invited!