Polish Art Now intrigues for six days at the Saatchi

By Ruth Hazard | 04 June 2013

Exhibition review: Polish Art Now, Saatchi Gallery, London, June 4-9 2013

A painting showing bathers in a pool
Andrzej Cisowski, By the Water
It’s unlikely you’ve ever bemoaned the over-abundance of Polish art exhibitions in Britain. In fact, it’s even less likely you’ve seen much Polish art on display at all.

Seeking to rectify the stunning lack of knowledge surrounding Poland’s evolving contemporary art scene, curator Sacha Craddock has brought together a diverse collection chronicling the highlights of creative achievement from the past 50 years.

Presented by fine art auctioneers and champions of Warsaw-based talent Abbey House, this is the first time a UK space has held an exhibition with a solely Polish set of names on the bill.

Art literate UK audiences may be familiar with names like Andrei Jackowski, but this varied mix, ranging from abstract prints of the 1960s to conceptual sculptures by the rising stars of today, brings you neatly up to speed in a here’s-what-you-might-have-missed style.

The hope is that, by increasing international awareness of Polish Art, there’ll come a point where the ‘Polish’ prefix will drop out of the discussion entirely.

With the exhibition scheduled for a short six-day run, this is a limited time only offer. So if you’re intrigued to discover what’s been happening in the hidden-away studios of Eastern Europe – and you should be – then make sure you find your way to Saatchi gallery sharpish.

  • Open 10am- 6pm daily. Admission free. Follow the gallery on Twitter @saatchi_gallery.

More pictures:

An image of a largely blue-coloured painting of a man driving a car
Andrzej Cisowski, Behind the Wheel
An image of a multicoloured painting of a man sitting in a chair
Szymon Urbanski, Night Watch
An image of a painting of a man painting a wall
Szymon Urbanski, Simon Paints
Follow Ruth Hazard on Twitter @RuthHazard.
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