Exhibition by Polish sculptor Mitoraj in Italy
PR dla Zagranicy
A major exhibition of sculptures by the Polish artist Igor Mitoraj is on in the Italian town of Pietrasanta, Tuscany, where he lived for thirty years.
A sculpture by Igor Mitoraj. Photo: wikimedia commons/Ellywa
The initial idea for the display had been outlined by Mitoraj before his death last October together with the town’s mayor Domenico Lombardi.
In addition to the artist’s monumental bronze sculptures, which are placed in the town’s piazzas, Mitoraj’s paintings, drawings and set designs for opera productions are on show in the former Sant ‘Agostino monastery complex. The exhibition remains on view till the end of August.
Born in 1944, Mitoraj graduated from the department of painting at the Fine Arts Academy in Kraków.
He continued his studies in Paris, taking up sculpture as his primary field of artistic activity.
In 1983 he moved to Pietrasanta, where he established a second home and a studio. He used marble and bronze as his materials.
His sculptures can be found in many Italian cities, in Paris, London, Japan, the United States and Poland and include the bronze doors and a statue of John the Baptist for the Basilica of Santa Maria degli Angeli in Rome and the ‘Angelic Doors’ for the Jesuit Church in Warsaw. He held a high Polish state distinction – the Commander’s Cross of the Order of Reborn Poland. (mk/nh)