Ars Cameralis Silesiae Superioris

 „Before the Orgy”, 2012, oil on canvas, 150 x 210 cm, dedicated to Andrzej Zaucha and Pierre Klossowski
„Before the Orgy”, 2012, oil on canvas, 150 x 210 cm, dedicated to Andrzej Zaucha and Pierre Klossowski

Pola Dwurnik: Before the Orgy

27.11.2015 — 17.01.2016 | Rondo Sztuki Art Gallery

An exhibition during ⅩⅩⅣ Ars Cameralis Festival.

The exhibition Before The Orgy is a first large presentation of Pola Dwurnik’s oil paintings in Poland. Works shown at the exhibition mostly come from painter’s atelier in Berlin and few private collections — canvas from famous book Girl on Canvas, as well as works from series Apolonia’s Garden, new, oneiric narrative paintings and few suprises. 

Title of the exhibition is drawn from Dwurnik’s painting which portrays a crowd of colourful figures swirling somewhere at the back of a dusty and covered with sequins cabaret. Among the figures you can easily find Andrzej Zaucha wearing a tuxedo, kissing Diana and Akteon, a drag queen holding an aquarium with a goldfish, Lenin in sculptured frame, tiny grey figures trying to rip clothes of a girl. Some of them are astounded and frightened, others watch through binoculars. Right in the middle sits the artist herself and solemnly writes down a list of participants of the orgy. 

Each of works at the exhibition is a moment „just before”. In a minute a revelry will start and Queen of Apes will indulge in shameless rites; three-tailed Mighty Fox will jump into the abyss to chase an antelope; raging dogs will tear apart a wedding gown, enormous parrots will strangle their victims, and Apolonia-Alcyna will leave her palace and join her animal-lovers locked in an enchanted garden. When nature will take over the control, there will be purification, culmination will release the tension, and rite will be fullfilled. 

But the title „orgy” can be also an initiation, a beginning of a new experience, entering the expanse of unknown. To us, the participants of the exhibition, it directs our attention to a certain part of our minds and opens us to paintings of Dwurnik, and forces us at the same time to peer nooks and crannies of our subconscious and face our desires and anxieties hidden there. 


Pola (Apolonia) Dwurnik — a visual artist, born in 1979 in Warsaw. Her domain are oil painting, various forms of drawings, collage and mail art. She is also self-publisher and editor. Her works may be found in collections of various museums (the Museum of Contemporary Art in Krakow MOCAK or Wrocław Contemporary Museum), as well as in private collections around the world. Since 2015 Pola Dwurnik is collaborating with Swiss Galerie Idea-Fixa from Basel. Artist lives in Berlin and Warsaw. 

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