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From 7 to 29 February 2024 in Gallery -1 in the Czapski Palace we invite you to a cross-sectional exhibition of paintings and drawings, recalling the work of Łukasz Rudnicki, the prematurely deceased artist associated with the Faculty of Painting at the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw. Curators: Rafał Kowalski, Stanisław Kroszczyński, Jan Mioduszewski. Contextual collaboration: Joanna Koć-Rudnicka, Katarzyna Zielska.

Curatorially, this exhibition combines Rudnicki’s early drawings and paintings from the 1990s with his mature work from the first and second decades of the 21st century. The early works are dominated by views of the interior of the artist’s Żoliborz studio, views from the window, vedutas and landscapes. They are full of strong contrasts and compositional discipline.


The mature oeuvre is marine and battle marinism. By juxtaposing early and mature works, it is possible to trace the consistency of vision in the painting of the Warsaw-based artist. Łukasz Rudnicki’s works, which are united by the title motif of the horizon, are characterised by technical innovation, a creative approach to painting techniques and extraordinary care.

Open structure

The romantic, emotional pictorial vision and plastic narrative perfectly correspond with the literary layer of the paintings, creating an open structure that allows for multiple interpretations. At the same time, the unique stylistics of these works creates a mood that stays in the memory for a long time, and introduces a pictorial world unparalleled in contemporary painting.

Artist's popularisation activities

The exhibition is accompanied by three texts by its curators, artists and friends of Łukasz Rudnicki. Also recalled is the popularisation activity of Łukasz Rudnicki, who for about a decade ran the 'Wystawa’ Gallery in Warsaw’s Żoliborz district. Posters for exhibitions at this gallery were designed by Błażej Ostoja- Lniski, and their series will be recalled as part of the show.

Łukasz Rudnicki (1973 – 2020)

Graduate of the Faculty of Painting at the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw. In 1998, he received a diploma with honours for a series of paintings and drawings created under the supervision of Professor Zbigniew Gostomski and an annex on graphic design prepared in the atelier of Professor Rafał Strent. In 2005, he co-founded the group Der Blaue Ratler.

Since 2008, he has been the curator of the „Wystawa” Gallery in Warsaw’s Żoliborz district, which has hosted numerous shows of works by artists associated with the Warsaw Academy and its circle of graduates and students. He began his teaching career at the Academy in 1998 as an assistant in the drawing studio of Professor Ryszard Sekuła. In 2007, he became a doctor of fine arts. In 2008, he was given the position of assistant professor. In 2013, he was awarded a postdoctoral degree, and in 2019 he received the position of professor at the academy.

Photos from the opening of the exhibition Łukasz Rudnicki "Beyond the horizon"

Łukasz Rudnicki „Beyond the Horizon. A selection of paintings from 1993-2020

Gallery -1, Czapski Palace
Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw
5 Krakowskie Przedmieście Street

7 – 29 February 2024
exhibition open: tt. – Sunday 12:00 – 19:00
exhibition opening: 12 February 2024, 6:00 pm

curators: Rafał Kowalski, Stanisław Kroszczyński, Jan Mioduszewski
co-operation: Joanna Koć-Rudnicka, Katarzyna Zielska
graphic design: Błażej Ostoja-Lniski
editing: Patryk Mikos, Julia Pilarczyk
artistic events coordinator: Barbara Orłowska

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