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During December 14 – 31, Kordegarda Chopin 2010 in Warsaw presents exhibition of Chopin collages by Hanna Bakuła titled "Fryderyk Chopin – genialny dandys"  (en. "Fryderyk Chopin – Genius Dandy"). Works create a poetic cycle presenting Chopin’s history made of funny and surprising stories.

Hanna Bakuła’s works employ the collage technique. The pictures feature Chopin, his relatives and friends, women, contemporary musicians, nature and cities he visited. Associations are full of humor and reflections. Hanna Bakuła in an unforeseeable way manipulates with reproductions, pictures, portraits of Chopin and people from his entourage. She tells her stories about Chopin – a man and a genius. The exhibition presents also short essays about the works for those unacquainted with the theme.

It all started in winter at the Chopin concert, in the Warsaw Philharmonic. The idea of collage was born during the concert. All of the sudden I realized that I have loved Fryderyk Chopin since I was a small girl, not only as a composer, but also as a great personality, a funny guy, talented writer and a dandy. I have read many books about him, even a very thick volume of his fabulous letters. I started to collect portrait pictures of this composer, people from his entourage, beloved women, Polish and Paris landscapes, reproductions of paintings from his times and even pieces of wallpaper and details reminding this great genius. Hand-made paper from Duszniki constitutes the background. The exhibition features collage pictures, compositions made of many varied elements – Hanna Bakuła explains.

Hanna Bakuła – painter and writer. She graduated from the Paintings Faculty of the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw. She is the prize winner at the Slavic Art Festival in New York. She received distinction of "The New York Times" for the costumes and scene design for the off-Broadway spectacles. As a painter she concentrates on portraits: she uses pastel and she focuses on famous women. As a writer she published 15 books: two bestsellers: "Jak stracić przyjaciół" (en. "How to Lose Your Friends") and "Jak zyskać przyjaciół" (en. "How to Make Friends"). Among others she wrote reminiscences from the friendship with Agnieszka Osiecka: "Ostatni Bal – listy do Agnieszki Osieckiej" (en. "The Last Ball – Letters to Agnieszka Osiecka"), stories from New York "Tajski masaż" (en. "Thai Massage") or the cult novel "Hazardzistka" (en. "The Lady Gambler") about artists from the Gierek’s times. She is a journalist and a columnist – she wrote for Uroda, Playboy, Dziennik Łódzki. At present she writes for the website She established the Hanna Bakuła Foundation ; in 1999 the famous "Klub Kobiet" (en. "Women’s Club") related to the Foundation was set up. The Foundation’s aim is to bring aid to children from children’s homes in Kielce and in Gołotczyzna. Hanna Bakuła is a soft-feminist – she supports women and their activities. She is an unusual person of broad horizons and intense, aristocratic sensitivity. On her business card there are words "controversial person", and people see her as such. 

"Fryderyk! Come Back to Warsaw!" Exhibition of Chopin posters

Piotr Karski

From November 30 to December 12, 2010, Kordegarda Chopin 2010 presents an exhibition of Chopin posters focusing the relation of Fryderyk Chopin and Warsaw. The exhibition features chosen works submitted to the competition of the Galeria Plakatu AMS with the motto: "Fryderyk! Come Back to Warsaw!". 

The competition has been organised by the AMS company and the Capital City of Warsaw. 

The challenge of the 9th edition of the Galeria Plakatu AMS competition was to design a poster which would help to bring to the Polish collective awareness the relation between Chopin and Warsaw. The competition featured people with graphic design skills - employees of the advertisement agencies, students and teachers. The winners were chosen form among 355 posters. 

The exhibition at Kordegarda Chopin 2010 features 12 chosen posters. The first prize was awarded to Piotr Karski for his work "Chopin LIVE in Warsaw". Four distinctions were given to posters by Piotr Micherewicz, Jerzy Tchórzewski, Nikodem Pręgowski and Piotr Węcławik. Apart from the prize-winning posters, the exhibition showcases also works by Anna Filipczak, Piotr Górnikiewicz, Anna Kaźmierak, Mira Kostyła, Marek Okrassa, Ewa Pawluczuk, Michał Sęk. Chosen posters present the relation between Fryderyk Chopin and the city of his young years - Warsaw in a very original and varied manner. Moreover, the exhibition constitutes an interesting insight into the way young artists perceive one of the most outstanding Polish composers. 

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The media patronage of Kordegarda Chopin 2010: website 

Exhibition of Alojzy Balcerzak's paintings

Kordegarda Chopin 2010 presents exhibition of paintings by Alojzy Balcerzak entitled My Mazovia for Fryderyk Chopin (pl. Moje Mazowsze dla Fryderyka Chopina). The exhibition is open from October 20 to November 21, 2010. It features Mazovian landscapes constituting homage to Fryderyk Chopin.

The artist, whose workshop is strongly linked to landscapes, started his Chopin cycle in 2007. Paintings in this cycle are still being produced, and every consecutive exhibition is changed and updated. In Kordegarda Chopin 2010 visitors can see 10 oil paintings, chosen from the whole cycle of about 40 paintings.

"Having usurped comparison to Maestro's works I have to say that when I am painting in the open air I can touch Chopin's music. I can hear the sounds as if the music roamed the fields, meadows, forests. There is the saying that painting is closest to music. Every artist works as he desires and does what fascinates him most. I feel that my landscapes are close to Żelazowa Wola. Every year I am more and more certain about this fact" says Alojzy Balcerzak.

The exhibition "My Mazovia for Fryderyk Chopin" is open to visitors in Kordegarda Chopin 2010 from October 20 to November 21, 2010, from Tuesday to Sunday 11.00 – 19.00. Admission is free. So far the cycle "My Mazovia for Fryderyk Chopin" has been presented in: Museum of Secession (pl. Muzeum Secesji) in Płock, at the inauguration of the Chopin Year, in the Municipal Gallery in Płońsk, in the Castle in Gostynin, in J.Piłsudski Museum in Gąbin, in the seat of "Mazowsze" Tadeusz Sygietyński State Folk Song and Dance Ensemble in Karolin in Otrębusy, in the National Museum of Modern Art in Kiszyniów (Moldova), in Odessa in the National Museum (former Potocki Palace) and in Moscow in the M. Glinka State Central Museum of Musical Culture.

The portal is the media patron for the exhibition in Kordegarda Chopin 2010.

Alojzy Balcerzak was born on the 1st of November, 1930, in a village Zdwórz in the Mazovia region. During 1951-1959, he studied at the Department of Painting in the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw, in the ateliers of professors Stanisław Czajkowski and Kazimierz Tomorowicz. In 1954, he moved to the atellier of illustration and books conducted by professor Marcin Szancer at the Department of Graphic. Professor Marcin Szancer was his diploma tutor. Alojzy Balcerzak graduated in 1957. At the same time he continued additional workshop specialisation in xylography and linocut at professor Wacław Waskowski's atelier. During 1962-1967, he managed the Salon Debiutów at the University of Warsaw. Starting from 1984, for two years he was the Director of the Capital Office of Artistic Exhibitions (pl. Stołeczne Biuro Wystaw Artystycznych). Since 1998, he delivers lectures in the drawing and painting ateliers at the Department of Graphic at the European Academy of Arts in Warsaw.

The artist is the initiator and curator of many exhibitions and open air events integrating the artistic milieu, especially of those engaged in painting landscapes. In June 1991, the exhibition "Polish landscape" (pl. "Krajobraz polski") inaugurated the activity of village gallery at the Zdworskie Lake in Koszelówka (gmina Łąck next to Płock) where Alojzy Balcerzak still remains the coordinator of the artistic programme. Together with other engaged people he set up an Association for Supporting the Koszelówka Gallery which supports the gallery in various ways.

His artistic works are full of strong relationship with nature, they are ordered in their structure and composition. Apart from painting, Alojzy Balcerzak produces artistic and applied graphic. The artist presented his works at several dozens all-Poland and international exhibitions and at presentations of Polish art abroad. His works are found in museums in the country and in private collections in Poland and abroad. 

Exhibition “Painting Music: Two Ways”

From September 14th to October 10th, Kordegarda Chopin 2010 is presenting a unique artistic project called “Painting Music: Two Ways” by Bogusław Lustyk. The artist has created a painting cycle inspired by the music of Fryderyk Chopin. The exhibition comes together with a competition for the best music improvisation on Bogusław Lustyk’s paintings.

The starting point of the project was the artist's assumption that two seemingly different disciplines like music and painting are based on the same elements.

“How to paint the sounds? Facing my blank canvas I am like a composer looking at the clean score sheet, trying to grasp his inspiration and translate into magical symbols. Like him, I see the music of colors, the silky subtlety of tones, the strength of musical cords, and the smoothness of melodic line. Painting, I try to create my own music of the image... Music which could inspire a virtuoso to find his own interpretation,” Bogusław Lustyk describes his project. 

 “Painting Music: Two Ways” is an attempt to transcribe musical works into visual arts. The exhibition showcases the “two ways” that the artist has taken in this endeavour:  the structural approach, mirroring musical accents and taking its starting point from the reprint of Chopin’s Sonata in B-flat major, and the emotional perspective exploring the emotions triggered by the musical compositions of Naseer Shamma. The exhibition encompasses 18 paintings executed in mixed technique. Each painting is an autonomous work of art and an integral part of a well thought out whole.

The exhibition comes together with a competition for the best musical interpretation of Bogusław Lustyk’s painting works. For two weeks, from September 21st to October 1st, you may come to Kordegarda Chopin 2010 and play your own interpretation of any of the paintings or a set of them on the piano or any other instrument which you bring. The performances will be recorded and later evaluated by a jury. The winner will receive Bogusław Lustyk’s painting as prize. Everybody is welcome to join in!

Bogusław Lustyk was born in 1940. He graduated with honours from the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw, having studied under the direction of Professor Józef Mroszczak (poster) and Professor Jerzy Tchórzewski (painting). In his work, Mr Lustyk focuses on painting, graphic design, installations and ceramic sculptures. He has won more than 20 awards in different art competitions, has had more than 30 individual exhibitions and took part in 60 collective shows in Poland, the USA, France, Belgium, Germany, Russia, Sweden and Australia. He shares his life and artistic activity between the USA and Poland. 


“Chopin: Stories” – Tomasz Kwiatkowski's multimedia project

From August 24th to September 12th, Kordegarda Chopin 2010 is presenting the multimedia project Chopin: Stories by Tomasz Kwiatkowski. The exhibition features photographs of well-known public figures and their reflections on Fryderyk Chopin. 

Tomasz Kwiatkowski has photographed renowned figures in the world of culture and academia, asking them for their reflections on Fryderyk Chopin. These contributions have been recorded and are exhibited alongside the portraits of their authors. The project features Grażyna Barszczewska, Andrzej Jacek Blikle, Maciej Buszewicz, Krzysztof Maria Byrski, Jarosław Chołodecki, Edyta Duda-Olechowska, Dariusz Dziekanowski, Wojciech Fibak, Julia Hartwig, Justyna Kabała, Eugeniusz Kabatc, Paweł Kowalski, Mateusz Kwiatkowski, Przemysław Lechowski, Joanna Maklakiewicz, Daniel del Rosal Garcia, Tomek Sikora, Jakub Słomkowski, Joanna Stańko, Wiesław Uchański and Zdzisław Wardejn.

“Fryderyk Chopin is a permanent fixture in Polish culture. Each of us has something to say about him, even if it is merely ‘I don’t listen to Chopin’. His music, just as a meeting with another human being, is grounded in emotions. In my project, the meeting of the recipient and the portrait is also an opportunity to learn about the portrayed person’s views on the famous Polish composer. Chopin:Stories is my attempt to better convey the emotions present when we meet with other people and with music,” says Kwatkowski. 

The exhibition is open for viewing at Kordegarda Chopin 2010 from Tuesday to Sunday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. All the contributions are available both in Polish and English. Admission free.

The exhibition was co-produced by the Culture Centre of Warsaw's district of Śródmieście. The media patron is the official website of the Chopin Year

Tomasz Kwiatkowski is a photographer and social activist. He chairs the the Smolna Street Residents’ Association (Stowarzyszenie Mieszkańców Ulicy Smolnej) and owns the advertising agency Kwiatkowscy. As chairman of the Association, each year he brings to life many events, such as the Smolna Street Festival, the Synthesis of Arts Festival, and this year’s special project celebrating the Chopin Year, the Longest Birthday, which featured 171 hours of non-stop piano playing. 



From August 3rd to 22nd, Kordegarda Chopin 2010 is presenting the exhibition Chopin. Weiss. Fin de siècle, encompassing a series of drawings made by Wojciech Weiss in preparation for his 1899 portrait of the composer, which then became the basis for Chopin iconography in the art of the Young Poland period.

The exhibition Chopin. Weiss. Fin de siècle centres around a series of drawings made by Wojciech Weiss in preparation for his 1899 portrait of the composer, showcased among the artist’s other works of the same period, which capture the musicality of colour and form. The exhibition also features a film etude documenting the history of the portrait’s making, as well as other portraits of the composer created in the Young Poland period, which were the source of inspiration for Weiss.

The interest in Chopin echoing widely in the fin de siècle art, literature and opinion journalism, was connected with the 50th anniversary of the composer’s death. In the Young Poland period, Chopin was a symbolic presence for the nation seeking to ascertain its identity. However, Weiss’s portrait emerged not solely from the overall climate of the day, but was also rooted the musical sensitivity the painter, who was educated at the Galician Music Society Conservatory in Lviv and would often play Chopin himself. The oil painting depicting Chopin unfortunately has gone missing and the drawings presented as part of the Chopin. Weiss. Fin de siècle centres remain its only evidence. The admission to the exhibition is free. The media patron is

Wojciech Weiss (1875 – 1950) was an acclaimed painter and graphic designer; first a student, then professor and rector of Kraków’s Academy of Fine Arts and a leading representative of Young Poland art. His painting reflects the decadent mood of the time and foretells expressionist tendencies. After 1905 his art began gravitating towards colourism, undergoing specific colour transformations  in the so-called white period (ca. 1904 – 1912), to become infused with vibrant colours in the subsequent phase of his artistic activity. He mainly painted landscapes and nudes, which revealed close associations with Cezanne and Renoir, as well as large-scale compositions frequently intriguing with covert symbolism. Weiss’s art fundamentally influenced the Colourists, many of whom were his students. His paintings are widely represented in the collections of the National Museums in Kraków, Poznań and Warsaw.

Chopin. The composer’s moods captured in Tomek Sikora’s photographic images

From June 15th up until the end of July 2010 Kordegarda Chopin 2010 will be presenting a photography exhibition “Chopin. The composer’s moods captured in Tomek Sikora’s photographic images”. Apart from pictures, the exhibition also features the film “Fryderyk Chopin” with cinematography by Tomek Sikora and Chopin’s music performed by Katarzyna Kraszewska.

Tomek Sikora’s photographs showcase a nostalgic side of Poland, just as Fryderyk Chopin might have been remembering it when away from his native country. Similarly to Chopin, Sikora also has experienced emigration. His photographs reflect that experience presenting an image of Poland that borders on reality and the imagined world, as seen in the mind’s eye only.

“It is in 1982 when I find myself leaving the Homeland, this time knowing full well that I may never have a chance to return, that I realise that Chopin’s music was suffused with nostalgia (…). Before leaving his beloved country halfway through his life, Fryderyk Chopin travelled extensively around Poland. He was observing nature’s wonders, people in peasant huts, womenfolk singing while laboring in the fields or hanging laundry. Not only did this inspire the sensitive composer, but also created an image of the birthplace, of youthful frolics and all those carefree moments so keenly harked back to in adult life beset by responsibilities and disappointments of adulthood. These images, sweet and vibrant, occupy the imagination with increasing force, often emerging under the guise of fragmentary events, inchoate images, almost unidentifiable, and yet yearned for…” (Tomek Sikora, foreword to the album “Chopin. The composer’s moods captured in Tomek Sikora’s photographic images”)

Tomek Sikora was born in 1948 and is one of Poland’s leading advertising and creative photographer. He claimed many awards for his creativity in photography and was twice recognised as the best advertising photographer in Australia, where he resided for many years. His career started in Paris, where he worked with the Kodak studio. Having come back to Poland, he worked for 9 years as photo reporter with the Perspektywy magazine. In 1979 he completed two major photography projects “Album” and “Alice in Wonderland”, exhibited at Centre Pompidou in Paris at the biennale of young artists. In 1982 he set up an advertising photography atelier in Melbourne. Since 1986 he has been travelling around the world, since 1996 sharing his time between Poland and Australia. He publishes and exhibits in many countries around the globe.

The exhibition “Chopin. The composer’s moods captured in Tomek Sikora’s photographic images” will be running at Kordegarda Chopin 2010 from June 15th to July 31st, 2010. Admission free.

Kordegarda will also be selling Tomek Sikoras album “Chopin. The composer’s moods captured in Tomek Sikora’s photographic images”.



From June 11th to 13th, 2010, Kordegarda Chopin 2010 is presenting Iwo Zaniewski’s painting “Nokturn” (Nocturne) drawing inspiration from the atmospheric music of Fryderyk Chopin.

Znaniewski’s paintings are representative pieces adopting a special approach to composition. Any change to the formal arrangement would break down the structural coherency and unbalance the composition. The key to the paintings’ reception are their visual attributes.

Every day from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. during the time the painting is exhibited you may listen to Polish and foreign pianist play Chopin at Kordegarda. Each of the concerts features nocturnes – the project’s central theme.


June 11th

3 p.m. – Katarzyna Hajduk (Poland)
4 p.m. – Yasuhiro Natsume (Japan)
5 p.m. – Aleksandra Soboń (Poland)
7 p.m. – Rihwa Cho (Japan)

June 12th

3 p.m. – Anna Hajduk (Poland)
4 p.m. – Piotr Podemski (Poland)
5 p.m. – Yasuhiro Natsume (Japan)
6 p.m. – Krzysztof Moskalewicz (Poland)
7 p.m. – PAWEŁ WAKARECY (Poland)
Poland’s representative at the 16th International Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw

June 13th

3 p.m. – Yuka Susono (Japan)
4 p.m. – Su Yeon Son (Korea)
5 p.m. – Przemysław Lechowski (Poland)
6 p.m. – Joanna Maklakiewicz (Poland)

Iwo Zaniewski is a painter, photographer, screen writer and film director. He is artistic director with advertising agency Przybora. Zaniewski. Ltd. (PZL). In 1976 – 1981 he studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw. Up until mid-1980s, the main focus of his work was painting, then he also embraced advertising and photography. His exhibitions and awards received include: The Grand Prix of the Joan Miro Foundation  – Barcelona 1984, Art Basel – Basel 1985, SARP Gallery – Warsaw 1989, Inny Świat Gallery – Kraków 1990, National Museum in Kraków, Czartoryski Museum (individual retrospective under the auspices of Poland’s Culture Minister) – Kraków 2005, National Geographic Photography Competition ( 1st Prize) – Warsaw 2005, Today Art Museum – Beijing 2008, International Art Fair Shanghai – 2008, Wison Art Center – Shanghai 2008, Levant Gallery – Shanghai 2008, Sunshine Museum Beijing – Beijing 2008, CANART– Institute of Contemporary Art – Shanghai 2008. 

The project NOCTURNES. IWO ZNIEWSKI AND PIANISTS is held in collaboration with the advertising agency PZL and the Smolna Street Residents’ Association (Stowarzyszenie Mieszkańców Ulicy Smolnej). 

Download a detailed programme (in Polish)


“Born a Varsovian, a Pole in his heart, and in his talent a citizen of the world…”

From June 1st to 6th, Kordegarda Chopin 2010 will be displaying the poster promoting Warsaw City Hall’s project reaching out to baby Varsovians born in the Chopin Year.

To mark the Chopin Year, every baby born in 2010 to parents of whom at least one is domiciled in Warsaw receives a pair of rompers adorned with the famous quote from Cyprian Kamil Norwid on Chopin: “Born a Varsovian, a Pole in his heart, and in his talent a citizen of the world” in the front and a fragment of Mazurka Op. 68 No. 2 with the composer’s autograph in the back. The rompers come with a letter from Warsaw’s mayor Hanna Gronkiewicz-Waltz. Already around 7 thousand newborn Varsovians received the special souvenir in the first quarter of the year.

The project aims to raise awareness about the composer’s links with Poland’s capital. Chopin spent half of his lifetime in Warsaw, studying at the city’s top schools together with the elite of the time. It was in Warsaw where his talent was developing and where he was advancing his musical skills.


Chopin's Guests – Warsaw 2010

Photographic exhibition by Dominik Skurzak at Kordegarda Chopin 2010

Starting from March 31st to April 25th 2010, Kordegarda Chopin 2010 presents a photographic exhibition by Dominik Skurzak “Chopin’s Guests – Warsaw 2010”.

The 21 large-format photographs featuring pianists while performing have been made in the first two months of the Chopin Year. They picture such luminaries as Evgeny Kissin, Kevin Kenner, Daniel Barenboim, Lang Lang, Yundi, Murray Perahia, Piotr Paleczny, Rafał Blechacz and Leszek Możdżer.

The images are mostly back and white and are the photographer’s tribute to the art of music. For 10 years now, Dominik Skurzak has been focusing on picturing classical music performances. A musician by education, with all the subtlety, he manages to find the best moment to set off the shutter. As a result, his shots are not only about capturing attractive images but rendering the emotion coming to life on stage at a particular moment  and reflected on the artist’s face. The pictures exhibited at Kordegarda tell a fascinting story of these emotions.  

“Chopin’s Guests” by Dominik Skurzak is a second in a series of exhibitions held at Kordegarda and marking the Chopin Year. Kordegarda is open for visitors from Tuesday to Saturday at 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Dominik Skurzak
The author has been twice the official photographer of the International Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw in 2000 and 2005. A musician by education (Fryderyk Chopin Academy of Music in Warsaw, Instrumental Department), he has been taking and publishing his photographs since 1997. In 1998 he became a photo journalist with the English language weekly The Warsaw Voice, where he has also been running the culture section since 1999. He has also cooperated with Reuters, and published at a range of newspapers and magazines, such as Poland’s leading dailies Rzeczpospolita and Gazeta Wyborcza, Die Welt, Haaretz, Fakt, or Japan’s Chopin Piano Music Magazine. He has also worked for many major companies and institutions: Orlen, Siemens, PKO S.A., BRE Bank, Ernst and Young, PGNiG, Poland’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Fryderyk Chopin Institute and Fryderyk Chopin Society in Warsaw, Polish Red Cross, Warsaw Stock Exchange. Mr Skurzak is also a studio photographer, which brought about a number of album covers for well-known Polish artists – Grupa MoCarta, Kabaret Ani Mru Mru, or Kabaret Moralnego Niepokoju.

The artists exhibits in Poland and internationally.

Edward Hartwig - A Meeting with Chopin

Photographs of Żelazowa Wola and its surrounding areas: 1970–1993.

Edward Hartwig was born on 6 September 1909 in Moscow and died on 28 October 2003 in Warsaw.

Recognised as one of the best-known Polish photographers in the world, he focused his work on the themes of landscape, portrait, nude, architecture, and theatre. Successful both at home and abroad, he exhibited all around the globe and claimed numerous prizes and awards in art photography.

Mr Hartwig made his debut in the late 1920s in Lublin, Poland. He went on to study at Professor Rudolf Kopitz’s studio in Vienna in the second half of the 1930s. After the end of the Second World War he settled in Warsaw. He co-founded the Association of Polish Art Photographers and was member of many Polish and international photographic societies and organizations.

Kordegarda Chopin 2010 is open Tuesday to Sunday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Located at 15/17, Krakowskie Przedmieście Street in Warsaw.