Powrót do innej przyszłości. Zmiana koncepcji obrazu w myśli Mieczysława Porębskiego (1948, 1957)
Return to another future. The change in conception of picture in Mieczysław Porębski's thougth (1948, 1957)
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In Przeglad Artystyczny which in 1957 distanced itself openly from socialist realism, Mieczysław Porebski (until then the editor in- chief of the magazine) published an article entitled Iluzja, przypadek, struktura (Illusion, accident, structure), a kind of manifesto of the new, abstract painting. In announcing it, Porebski used a lot of ideas and fragments drawn almost directly from his text of nine years’ earlier, written for the catalogue of the First Modern Art Exhibition in the Palace of Fine Arts in Kraków. It might seem that years later the author simply returned to his refl ection on modern art that had been interrupted by socialist realism, and continued it without further hindrance, according to its natural dynamics. But such a way of thinking would not refl ect the truth apparent upon comparing the two texts by Porebski, and would simultaneously be a metaphor for the most common view of socialist realism in Polish art history, as a kind of break in the natural development of artistic creativity, leaving at best an aversion for socially engaged art. An analysis of the changes made by Porebski in the newly adapted parts of the earlier text shows how the socialist realist pressure changed the concept of modern painting formulated in 1957, its spatial structure, and the status of meaning of the work of art.
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