BRONISŁAW KRZYSZTOF. A TOUCH OF LIGHT. SCULPTURE - MEDALS - DRAWINGS
ed. by Józef Grabski

 

Kraków - Warszawa 2003
252 × 232 mm, 196 pages
37 full-page colour plates, 220 colour and 158 b/w photographs 
laminated hardback
ISBN 83-918454-0-0
 
On the cover: From the Cycle Gesture, 1985,
bronze, h 46 cm 

 

Catalogue of an exhibition of sculpture, medals and drawings by Bronisław Krzysztof (b. 1956), held at the Polish Auction House "SZTUKA" galleries in Cracow and Warsaw. Apart from the full-page colour plates illustrating (from various angles) all of the thirty-seven exhibited sculptures, the hundred medals and several drawings, the catalogue contains a nearly complete photographic record of the artist's works, a comprehensive bibliography, a list of exhibitions, both in Poland and abroad, and a richly illustrated biography. 
 
[...] Although, unfortunately, some insensitive critics and curators 
do manage the trick, no true sculptor can never ever forget that he is 
producing the most tactile of all art works. The spectator should feel a 
tingle in the hands as they long to touch and caress. The monumental forms 
of Bronisław Krzysztof have this quality in abundance, and his awareness of 
the importance of tactility is surely indicated by the extraordinary beauty of 
his sculpture hands, and the importance he gives them in his compositions. 
[...] Concentration on the inner life of his subjects is implicit in his 
technique of building up sculptures in layers, which can be removed, as a 
surgeon peels away skin, flesh and muscle in a dissection. [...] 
He is able to move seamlessly from the classical to modern, 
blurring the distinction between abstraction and representational art, while 
never departing from the theme of humanity. Like many of the greatest 
Renaissance sculptors he is able to work both on a monumental scale and in 
miniature, as a most effective medallist. Often, especially in medals and 
plaques, the image seems to be struggling to emerge from the metal, just as 
Michelangelo's great Slaves struggle to be born from their stone. The 
artist's reverence for his material is one of the key elements of sculpture. A 
great African sculptor once said to me 'The stone tells me what it wants to 
be', and this can be true of metal as well as of stone, clay or wood. 
Krzysztof's reverence for his materials is always evident, and it is 
the reason that he is able to conjure metal into the illusion of flesh, and in 
so doing provoke deep emotions in the beholder. 
 
(from the essay by Huon Mallalieu) 
 
 
CONTENTS 
 
KRZYSZTOF KRZYSZTOF — Dad 
JANINA ŁADNOWSKA — Between the Baroque and Modernity 
MASHIKO — The Work Emits a Constant Movement of Silent Rhythm... 
HUON MALLALIEU — Bronisław Krzysztof 
HELLA NOCKE-SCHREPPER — 'Show Me Your Wounds' — the Body as a Sign in Bronisław Krzysztof's Sculptures 
TADEUSZ NYCZEK — Vacuum Seeks Fullness or a Comment on the Sculptures of Bronisław Krzysztof 
CATALOGUE 
      Drawings 
      Medals 
      Record of Sculptures
BIOGRAPHY 
EXHIBITIONS 
BIBLIOGRAPHY