Art of the Cross. The Cross in Art

Warsaw Archdiocese Museum

On November 24th, 2016, the Gallery Roi Doré opened in its space the exhibition “Art of the Cross. The Cross in Art”. It coincided with the 1050th anniversary of the baptism of Poland, although its purpose was not to study the religious or patriotic and national questions, but rather the analysis of the presence of the motif of the cross in art through the centuries.

Following the Parisian exhibition’s success and thanks to the partnership between the Gallery Roi Doré and the Warsaw Archdiocese Museum, the exhibition “Art of the Cross. The Cross in Art” will be now offered to the appreciation of the Polish public in the space of the MWA from March 24th to September 30th.

The exhibition organized by the Gallery Roi Doré traces the use made of the motif of the cross since Antiquity and till this day. The cross, composed of two lines intersecting at right angles, combines the apparent visual simplicity and the complexity of a symbol being both universal and having different, potentially controversial meanings, depending on time and context. Since ancient times the motif of the cross, highly emotionally, spiritually and historically loaded, is omnipresent in daily life in different countries and cultures – whether in a religious or profane context – but also in art.

The exhibition organized in the MWA space offers a rare and precious overview of objects and artworks originating from the Gallery Roi Doré’s, MWA’s and private collections – from different periods and contexts. Alongside religious objects and representations, the exhibition will present a selection of works of modern and contemporary artists, such as Michal BATORY, Zdzislaw BEKSINSKI, Maciej BIENIASZ,  Wieslaw BOROWSKI, Pierre BOSCO, Henryk BUKOWSKI, Zdzislaw CYANKIEWICZ, Salvador DALI, Tadeusz DUDZINSKI, ELLA K, Halina EYSYMONT, Janusz EYSYMONT, Zlatko GLAMOTCHAK, Jean-Claude GUIGNEBERT, Wladyslaw HASIOR, Jan HAUSBRANDT, Achille JACQUET, Janusz KAPUSTA, Bogdan KONOPKA, Donald LABORIE, Aliska LAHUSEN, Jean LAMBERT-RUCKI, Marian KEPINSKI, Lech MAJEWSKI, Artur MAJKA, Andriy MARUSZECZKO, Aldona MICKIEWICZ-BORUTA, Francis MONTANIER, Stanislaw NOAKOWSKI, Gen PAUL, Wojciech PLEWINSKI, Jackson POLLOCK, Dimitrije POPOVIC, Basil Ivan RAKOCZI, Georges ROUAULT, Jacek SEMPOLINSKI, Tomek SIKORA, Wladyslaw SKOCZYLAS, Walter SPITZER, Andrzej STRUMILLO, Andrzej SZCZEPANIEC-SETTA, Marian SZYSZKO-BOHUSZ, Jerzy TCHORZEWSKI, Justyna TUHA, Witold URBANOWICZ, Vladimir VELICKOVIC, Jacques VILLON, Tadeusz WAS, Stanislaw WOJCIKOWSKI, Leon WROBLEWSKI, Joanna ZAMOJDO.

Exhibition from March 24th ’till September 30th, 2017.

Opening on Thursday, March 23rd.