Official gallery of Antoni Rząsa
(1919-1980) was built by himself near Bogdańskiego street. The
exhibition area is active since 1976. Since 1981 it is led by the
artist's son, Marcin Rząsa and Magda Ciszewska-Rząsa. Apart from
permanent sculpture exhibition, the gallery is also open for temporal
contemporary art display.
Antoni Rząsa –
born february 26, 1919 in Futoma, Podkarpacie, at the base of
Carpathians on Dynów Foothills, near Błażowa. From 16
century, on this area, many wooden roman-catholic churches were
built, surrounded by orthodox churches and synagogues like an island.
Religious and practical woodcrafting was very common there. From 19
century, this flourishing craftmanship was sprouting over whole
It was natural for Antoni Rząsa to
study in Zakopane Wood Industry School in 1938. His learning was
interrupted by the World War II though. He came back to Zakopane in
1948, where he met Antoni Kenar and started teaching in school while
maintaining contact with Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw. Hence he
stayed in Zakopane for good.
He rarely went
away, mostly to family town Futoma, sometimes for Warsaw exhibitions
to meet modernity, but to Italy and Russia as well, for tradition.
His workes travelled too, always suprising viewers with
unconventional understanding of suffering, faith and humour.
Crucified Christs or grieving Maries were as captivating with their
gesticulation and ambiguity as in Maurice Béjart's avangarde ballet.
The physical matter obeyed him well, and the poeople were curious
about tragedies and hopes petrified in hands, arms, bodies and
thorns. He became a legend, converting both priests and atheists.
With his wife, Halina, and son Marcin, he built his house in 1974 in
Zakopane, which was a Gallery, a Space Framed for Sculptures. He died
on january 26 1980 leaving many places and people who are guardians
of form, shapes, memories and art to this day.
Opening hours During winter holidays and vacations
from tuesday to sunday on 11.30 to 17.30
Off season open after