“Aleksander Szturman (1869–1944). Traveling Artist” exhibition from the collection of the Podlaskie Museum in Białystok (Poland)
23.11 - 07.01.2019

“Aleksander Szturman (1869–1944). Traveling Artist” exhibition from the collection of the Podlaskie Museum in Białystok (Poland), organized jointly with the Polish Institute in Minsk, will take place at the National Art Museum of the Republic of Belarus.

The exhibition aims to acquaint the viewers with the art of Aleksander Szturman – the unjustly forgotten talented unique master, “the vagabond painter” as Russian painter Arkady Rylov, his friend and associate used to call him.

Creative people have always loved to travel. Aleksander Szturman’s journeys were of both ideological and practical character: he travelled to acquire new experiences, meet different cultures, and introduce painting innovations into the Polish art. Beyond the aestheticism, Szturman worked a lot on self-improvement and systematization of the acquired knowledge. These voyages complemented his teaching activity at the Fine Arts Faculty at the Stefan Batory University in Vilnius.

Most actively, Aleksander Szturman travelled in 1905–1911 and then in 1923–1932. He visited England, France, Italy, Belgium and the Netherlands. He also travelled a lot around Poland. He was fascinated with Venice, Siena, Rotterdam, and Kazimierz Dolny and Zakopane in Poland.

European architecture is one of the leading subjects in Aleksander Szturman’s art. His paintings are like travel postcards, in which he immortalized the fleeting atmosphere of the places he visited. Similar to the impressionists, the artist never strived to address any philosophical issues in his works, being convinced that the idea of a painting is perceived by viewers individually according to their own life experience. Colour plays an immense role in the artist’s works. Aleksander Szturman was an unprecedented colorist, fond of working en plein air. Particularly sensitive to color, he used an extraordinary rich palette, constantly looking for the new expressive means.

The exhibition will feature over 100 paintings of the artist, demonstrating the splendor of his talent. These are mainly the landscapes – views of Poland, Italy, Lithuania, the favorite places of the painter's many travels, as well as still lifes and portraits.

The collection of works by Aleksander Szturman in the Podlaskie Museum in Białystok is the largest museum collection of the artist's works both in Poland and in the world. In 1987 the collection was transferred to Białystok from the National Museum in Warsaw as part of the painter’s creative legacy. The artist’s works are part of the collection of the Museum of Art in Łódź and the Łódź Voivodeship Marshal’s Office. In 2013–2015, thanks to the cooperation of the Podlaskie Museum in Białystok with the of the Palace of King John III in Wilanów and the financial support of the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage, 120 paintings by Aleksander Szturman from the Białystok collection were restored.

In 2016–2017 “Aleksander Szturman (1869–1944). Traveling Artist” exhibition was demonstrated in the Podlaskie Museum in Białystok and in the Tyszkiewicz Palace at the Trakai Historical National Park in Lithuania.

“Aleksander Szturman (1869–1944). Traveling Artist” exhibition continues the tradition of close fruitful cooperation between the National Art Museum of the Republic of Belarus, the Podlaskie Museum in Białystok and the Polish Institute in Minsk. In recent years, the museum has hosted numerous exhibition projects organized by the initiative and with the support of the Polish partners – “Polish Ceramics of the 18th–the 20th centuries” from the Upper Silesian Museum in Bytom collection (2013), “Napoleon Orda. Illustrated Encyclopedia of the Country” from the collection of the National Museum in Krakow (2017),“Masters of Polish Drawing” from the collections of the Podlaskie Museum in Białystok and the Suwalki District Museum (2017). In 2018, Polish Institute in Minsk became a partner of the museum in the large-scale project “Equus. Koń. Horse”, dedicated to the hippical genre in the visual arts, representing works from the collection of the National Art Museum of the Republic of Belarus and the Museum of Southern Podlasie in Biała Podlaska. On October 24, 2018, at the initiative of the Polish Institute in Minsk, the National Art Museum of the Republic of Belarus held a number of events dedicated to the 175th anniversary of the famous Polish and Russian painter Henryk Siemiradzki (1843-1902) and organized presentation of a postcard with reproduction of his painting “Alexander of Macedon Trust to Physician Philip” from the museum collection.

“Aleksander Szturman (1869–1944). Traveling Artist” exhibition from the collection of the the Podlaskie Museum in Białystok will be on display until January 7, 2019.

 

 

Curator of the exhibition “Aleksander Szturman (1869–1944). Traveling Artist” on behalf of the National Art Museum of the Republic of Belarus – Svetlana Prokopyeva, Head of the Department of Russian and Foreign Art.

Coordinator of the exhibition project “Aleksander Szturman (1869–1944). Traveling Artist” on behalf of Polish Institute in Minsk – Alexey Matyushonok, Art Projects Coordinator.

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