exhibition of paintings by Andrzej Marian Bartczak

“On China”

04. 11. 2008 – Tuesday
Łódzki Dom Kultury, ul. Traugutta 18, sala 114

About Christian Culture Festival

Christian Culture Festival was organized for the first time in 1997 on 10th Anniversary of the Logos Theatre. In a sense, it extends the idea of Christian Culture Weeks organized in Poland in 70s and 80s of the last century, which were to become counterpoise to lay media model promoted by the State. Lodz Christian Culture Days were organized in churches all around the city, so as to accommodate the artists, spectacles, exhibitions and projections.

One of such places was the John Paul lecture theatre in the vault of the Assumption of Holy Mother Church in Kościelna Street. This is where the Logos Theatre started, before it was moved to the church in Maria Skłodowska-Curie. It was this church that Archbishop Władysław Ziółek gave to the Lodz artists in 1993, and in which the Centre of Creative Communities’ of Lodz Archdiocese was appointed. It is here that the ‘logistic’ centre of the Festival is located, and where some of the Festival events take place.

Traditionally, the Festival takes place in November, on the first Sunday after All Soul’s Day. It usually lasts for two weeks, during which various event take place – spectacle premiers, other theatres come to Lodz, there are exhibitions of invited artists, performances of choirs and musicians, very often not to be seen anywhere else in Poland at any other time. The Festival programme is the result of the whole year’s work of rev. Waldemar Sondka, the Festival Director, who – using his contacts – invites artists who are interesting, out of the ordinary, noteworthy and creating art perhaps not always religious, but always searching and at the highest level. Care for the level of the Festival offers is a permanent rule, the Logos environment has always wished to provide the Lodz citizens with the possibility of contact with art deprived of parochialism, open to the man and as perfect formally as possible.

The Festival is not an activity that brings profit. Any entrance cards are issued as invitations that are free of charge, and the team of the Logos Theatre and all the people engaged in the Festival organization, act as volunteers. This does not mean that Christian Culture Festival costs nothing. On the contrary, to organize such a cultural event at appropriate level is always connected with costs. Rev. Waldemar Sondka deals with organizing means to secure the Festival events all year round. He manages to gain sponsors (without whom the Festival would not exist) and subsidies from institutions that deal with funding culture (without which the Festival could not develop). All that in order to realize the basic idea of the event that derived from the Lodz Christian Culture Days – to enable anyone who wishes and needs that, to live the Mystery through art. This idea assumes a free of charge participation in all the artistic events, which has been the case since the very beginning of the Festival until today, the only condition is that on the day of the Festival opening, one must queue as long as it takes to get invitations. The only limit to the number of invitations is the capacity of rooms in which the events are organized every day throughout the two weeks of the Festival.



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Instead of introduction

Their matter is extremely delicate and construction — concise. They are pieces for contemplation and because of them being so terse, one would want to compare them to pebbles by the sea, when you have so much (not deformed) time, to have a close look at them and see their unique construction. There is a similar feeling when we talk about poems by Andrzej Bartczak. Reality hidden in his short poems is reveals under the looks, as was once done during picture development: from the merely seen sketch to the depth of the sharpness. A glimpse s not enough to take pleasure in the beauty of those blinks. Because — and one should not hide this — these are poems of a painter. A painter of truly poetic past; a painter who looked with all his being and expressing with all his existence — most modestly, but intensively. Without violating intimacy, but hitting with such force that it can hit the clearest tone from (hidden in various sounds) soul.

Bogusław Kierc

On China — Andrzej Marian Bartczak

Born 8 March 1945 in Kutno. Studied at PWSSP in Lodz at the Department of Textile between latach 1963 — 1969. A diploma with honours from prof. Hanna Orzechowska, specialization: printed fabric in 1969. Studied painting with professors: Stanisław Byrski and Stanisław Fijałkowski, unique textile with prof. Janina Tworek-Pierzgalska, composition with prof. Lech Kunka.

In 1971 he undertook work as a pedagogue at his school, as an assistant to prof. Stanisław Fijałkowski at the Department of Graphics in the woodcut workshop. He received the title of a professor in 1992. Since 2008 he has been the Director of Workshop Graphics.

He supervised several hundreds PhD students’ works in such a discipline as graphics, he reviewed many works of 1st and 2nd degree concerning the title of the professor of art.

He deals with artistic graphics, drawings and paintings, fabrics and space objects, ceramics and artistic books (about 1500 projects). Between 1969 — 2007 he took part in over 500 exhibitions in Poland and abroad, in competitions, auctions, fairs. Since 1971 he has had over 100 exhibitions himself, shows and presentations in Poland and abroad, i.e. in Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Sweden, the USA and Italy.

His works are presented in many museums, libraries, public and private collections, in Europe and in America. In Poland, in the National Museum in Warsaw and Wroclaw, Art Museum in Lodz, Central Textile Museum and Museum of the History of Lodz, Literature Museum of A. Mickiewicz in Warsaw and several regional museums, in the Jagiellonian University, in KUL, UMCS in Lublin, Torun, Katowice, Gdansk and many others. But also abroad, in Art Museum of Puszkin in Moscow, Narodni Galerie in Prague, Graphische Sammlung Albertina in Vienna, Kupferstich-Kabinett Dresden, Stanford University Library, Yale University Library, New York Public Library and others.

He is the recipient of many rewards and medals for creativity and excelling achievements in his works with students, e.g. Minister of Culture and Art Reward 1977 (3rd degree) 1985 (2nd degree), 1991 individual reward. Numerous rewards from the Rector, artistic scholarships and others, e.g. Lodz 1971, 4th Polish Graphic design Competition, Lodz 1975, 3rd Polish Painting Competition of J. Spychalski, Poznan 1975, 8th Polish Graphic Exhibition, Warsaw 1978 (laureate), 3rd Quadriennale of Polish Woodcut Olsztyn 1983 (laureate), 4th International Textile Triennale, Lodz 1988 (bronze medal), 6th International Art Triennale, Majdanek 94., 8th International Art Festival of Book — CZAS, Lodz 2006/07.

Choice of several hundred poety positions:
Cecylia i Janusz Duninowie, Philobilion polski, Wrocław 1983.
Danuta Wróblewska, Polska grafika współczesna, Warszawa 1983.
Tomasz Gryglewicz, Współczesność grafiki (w:) Jan Fejkiel, Polska grafika lat dziewięćdziesiątych, Bielsko-Biała 1996.
Irena Jakimowicz, Pięć wieków grafiki polskiej, Muzeum Narodowe w Warszawie, Warszawa 1997.
Piotr Rypson, Polska książka artystyczna w latach 90-tych (w:) Książka i co dalej. Trzecia edycja prezentacji książki artystycznej, Galeria AT, ASP, Poznań 2000.
Współcześni uczeni polscy. Słownik biograficzny, Warszawa 1998.
Złota Księga Nauki Polskiej. Naukowcy Zjednoczonej Europy, Gliwice 2006.
Who is who w Polsce. Encyklopedia biograficzna z życiorysami znanych Polek i Polaków. Hubners blaues who is who, 2003.