Korczowski was born in 1954 in Kraków to which he is still
In 1978 he graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Kraków under
Professor Wlodzimierz Kunz. He is involved in performance art and painting.
Korczowski made his debut at the Nowa Ruda Festival in 1974 with the performance
"Bialy Rower" ("White Bike"). In the 80s he moved
to Paris, where he lives to this day. There he obtained a diploma from
École nationale supérieure des beaux-arts. In 1986 he was
awarded the Regional Council of Ile-de-France Prize for his artistic activity.
In 1988 Korczowski received a scholarship from the Pollock-Krasner Foundation
in New York, where he has returned many times. In June 1989 a monographic
exhibition entitled "Korczowski / Painting" took place at the
Zacheta National Gallery in Warsaw. This exhibition was evidence that
despite his debut as a performer and the general trend of contemporary
art to experiment with new techniques, Bogdan Korczowski has always been
faithful to the most traditional art medium: painting. In 1998, the Polish
Institute in Paris organized a retrospective exhibition of the artist.
In Paris, the artist collaborated with the Nicole Ferry Gallery for twenty
years. In 2004 he participated in the Polish Season in France Nova Polska
with two solo exhibitions. The events were organized by the Adam Mickiewicz
Institute to celebrate the Polish accession to the European Union.
The artist uses exaggerated symbols and ideograms in his works, starting
with the early series of paintings Listy (Letters / Ecriture), created
already in the 80s. This series is a sort of an exchange, or intellectual
'correspondence', which treats writing as an image, a topic which the
artist has been obsessed with for a long time. His works often contain
small characters arranged in parallel rows just like letters, placed over
the actual composition like an iris.
His canvases are covered with thick and irregular multi-colored paint.
The artist applies these sudden, spontaneous strokes as if guided by internal
impulses, which enhance the expressiveness of the image. The excessive
paint often overflows, creating vertical, chaotic and uneven lines. These
'unexpected' streams thicken the already dense texture of the canvas.
Writing about Korczowski's painting, art critic Muriel Carbonnet called
it a 'true chromatic drunkenness'. The impressive colours, their expressiveness
and dynamism, lend an emotional dimension to the abstract colourism. Due
to the interesting color combinations and the sense of spaciousness they
produce, some of his paintings make us feel in direct contact with nature.
Korczowski creates a world of his own, where different cultures and their
traditions mix with natural elements: fire, water, earth and sky.
Though the artist has lived in Paris for many years, he frequently returns
to Kraków. "I was born in Central Europe, I come from a small
continent of many cultures "- says Korczowski about his cosmopolitan
city steeped in tradition.
For him the embodiment of this specific, Cracowian atmosphere is his spiritual
master, Tadeusz Kantor, who despite numerous successes in the world, never
abandoned his city:
"I am captivated by his art, because memory and the past were two
obsessive dimensions in his work." Korczowski dedicated to Tadeusz
Kantor the series "Kartonteka", created in the form of an installation.
Parts of" Kartonetka" are preserved in public collections in
Poland: the National Museum in Poznan and the BWA City Art Galleries in
Czestochowa and Lublin. Dozens of elements are found in private collections.
In 2010, the Cricoteka in Kraków displayed a photos collection
from Cricot2 Theatre productions by Korczowski.
In 2010 BWA City Art Galleries in Gorzow Wielkopolski presented the "Three
Decades of Painting 1979-2009" exhibition, which included retrospective-personal
look at Korczowski's creative work. In 2011 Paul Delouvrier Museum in
Evry/Paris opened an solo exhibition of his latest paintings "Orbium
Coelestium" and in 2012 Orangerie de Caillebotte in Yerres/Paris
presented large solo exhibition of Korczowski's works.
Korczowski has had about more one hundred individual exhibitions.
information at: www.korczowski.com
Traveler with no Luggage" by Heloise Hautemaniere
is a horrifying feeling when one observes that he has been more attracted
to the shadow than to the light.
discovering the pictures by Bogdan Korczowski, the first impulse is to
reject them in order not to get exposed to danger. Let me invite you for
an intriguing, disturbing journey to the dark, tormenting and unsettling
world of this artist. The memory has been incorporated and it has been
picking up a
spatial dimension on the canvases by Korczowski. The places, memories,
images have been becoming alive. It seems that they wish to tell us something.
As though they were words that avoid being portrayed, the paint drops
are speaking to us in various strange languages, they are inventing magic
spells and enchanting us. The pictures look as though they wished to say
something exceptionally important. The expression of painting has the
strongest effect on me when compared to all other ways of describing the
world with the language of other fine arts. In fact, there is no other
way out, one should keep silent and watch. This is a winner. The matter
of the pictures by Korczowski expresses complex tangles of his memory.
One simply cannot let this inner nightmare get hold of him. On the picture,
there had to be various layers put down, wiped off and started all over
again. The tongues of flame sticking out from the picture are the words
of a shaman. They enliven the painting, otherwise it could have got exhausted.
One should not attempt to extinguish this fire but rather get away from
it occasionally. Numerous travels made Bogdan Korczowski a collector and
the devourer of visions which he has been offering us on his canvases.
His eyes, thus fed, has led his hand to translating all these into painting
As all the little spots thrown against the effort of his life, Korczowski
has painted the undefined fragments of memory; the collective and the
personal. He has been living in a rush, constantly painting in order to
escape death. The core of the matter has always been to leave the trace
of one's passing
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