Barbara Falender

17 June–6 December 2020

A sculptor and graduate of the Warsaw Academy of Fine Arts, in the studio of prof. Jerzy Jarnuszkiewicz she discovers that ‘repetition of nature ends as the problem of interpretation arises’. Interpreting, she uses a variety of materials: stone, metal, plaster, porcelain or epoxy. The beginning of the 1970s brings the famous Erotic Pillows series, which goes with the moral revolution of the time. The author inherently emphasizes the internal need for ‘affirmation of eroticism’. We also owe her the introduction of the male nude deprived of sanctimonious, filly cover ups to Polish visual art. Thanatos joins Eros in the following years. Dorota Jarecka writes about The Sarcophagus that ‘it is partly a bed, partly a tomb’ and as a result of crossing the seemingly most distant of barriers comes the artist’s fascination with geometric forms, combined with brutalism. Fatum is a pyramid of basalt cubes. ‘Only abstract form can bear the burden of the mystery of death’, Falender writes. In a nutshell: human life between the body and geometry. 

Columns, 1995, gneiss, porcelain, 108–134 cm, private collection

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Opera Gallery


17 June–6 December 2020


Opera Gallery will close on 7 November until further notice.

Opening hours:

Monday–Friday, 11 a.m.–6 p.m. 

Enter through the left wing of the opera house. The entry fee (1 Polish zloty) is payable at the Box Office in the main lobby of the opera house. The catalogue and children’s book published in conjunction with the exhibition may also be bought at the Box Office, subject to availability. 

Ticket holders are admitted without a charge for an hour before every performance and during intermissions.