An exhibition dedicated to two recently deceased outstanding artists – Krzysztof Penderecki and Adam Zagajewski. Krzysztof M. Bednarski is the author of the sarcophagus sculptures dedicated to them in the National Pantheon at the Church of the Holy Apostles Peter and Paul. The exhibition at MOCAK will be a broader presentation of his commemorative art.
Nowadays, the author’s funerary sculpture is rare. Krzysztof M. Bednarski is able to transfer art into the context of death and a specific place of display, namely a cemetery. The artist has rejected functional forms and traditional, over sentimental symbolism. He has created new symbols of the life after death, referring to the personality of the deceased. This chapter of the output by Krzysztof M. Bednarski has been opened with The Polish Thanatos (1984) - a sculpture dedicated to the deceased members of Jerzy Grotowski Laboratory Theater group. A halved boat with an incinerated tree is a symbol of a road, a passage to the other side. The work was created when the artist was not yet able to undertake the task of creating tombstones, despite numerous requests and proposals. Only years later did he understand that the best thing he could do for his deceased friend was a tombstone, through which he would present his individualism. Since 1992 he has made more than a dozen of such realizations, among others for Krzysztof Kieślowski, Ryszard Cieślak, Wojciech Fangor, Krzysztof Krauze and Tomasz Stańko. Each of them is a symbolic portrait of the deceased, a synthesis of his creativity. Krzysztof M. Bednarski has proved that to make a monument more lasting than the one made of bronze, the form is more important than the nobility of the material – in spite of the use of bronze, marble or granite.