“Since the measure of an artist’s greatness is power and suggestiveness of the myths he creates, Andrzej Majewski is a great artist. There are two basic subjects of Majewski’s art: the world and theatre. (…) The most famous contemporary scenographer does not betray theatre when he paints. The world is a stage, totus mundus agit histrionem: we are all actors.” wrote Janusz Pasierb.
The world and the theatre, its glare and inevitable degradation are the recurring elements of Andrzej Majewski’s play which has been caught on canvas and animated in theatrical visions.
The dominating point of the spatial exhibition is the monumental triptych depicting “The Last Judgement” and three paintings that are scenic visions from Krzysztof Penderecki’s “Passion” transformed through art language in to a stage set of the famous performance in The Warsaw Grand Theatre in 1979. The set has been enlarged for the requirements of the exhibition to the size of the measurements of the theatrical horizons.
Costumes designed for “The Black Mask” and “The Devils of Loudun”, significant series of paintings with the famous “Villa dei misteri” which critics regard as the beginning of the artist’s creations as a painter, stage setting designs for famous dramas performed in the best theatre and opera halls constitute the core of Andrzej Majewski’s work in which the topic of sacrum dominates.
The exhibition was prepared by the Centre of the Polish Scenography of the Silesian Museum in Katowice, and teh exhibits come form ANdrzej Majewski’s Gallery, from the author’s collection of paintings, from the National Opera, The National Thatre and the Museum of Theatre in Warsaw.