Exhibition: Mining in Art – Art in Mining

You are heartily invited to see the exhibition entitled “Mining in Art – Art in Mining” which is available at the Saltworks Castle in Wieliczka until June 15, 2014. The exhibition presents works of art freely related to various areas of mining, including salt mining, coal mining, oil mining or precious ore mining.


The exhibited drawings, watercolour paintings, oil paintings, works of graphic art and sculptures made in wood, coal and salt transfer the viewers into the world of mines, steeped in dimness, slightly mysterious – with characteristic colours and hidden beauty. It turns out that underground work places may constitute a source of fascination, invoke admiration for the effort of simple and, at the same time, brave people and become an inspiration for artists.

At the exhibition, not only works of professional artists are presented, such as, e.g., Włodzimierz Tetmajer, Jacek Malczewski, Jerzy Duda-Gracz, but also amateur artists, including Paweł Wróbel, Erwin Sówka, Ewald Gawlik and Władysław Luciński – miners from Polish mines, who creatively present their visions in spite of absence of artistic education. Among them, Teofil Ociepka stands out – the most prominent, next to Nikifor, Polish primitivist. His unique painting “The Mine” contains, next to typical mine scenery, amazing notions of huge, fantastic monsters with lizard-like bodies, instilling the composition with fairy-tale-like character, bordering between the reality and the dream.

It is worth emphasizing that the underground world of industry and technology creates, by its mysteriousness and original image, a new quality in the artistic comprehension of reality, where the man and the nature create, harmoniously, the landscape of underground beauty.

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