Halina Jaworski

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Halina Jaworski (born December 13, 1952) is a German artist and abstract painter. She has lived and worked in Düsseldorf, Germany since 1973.


Halina Jaworski was born 1952 in Gdańsk and was raised in Sopot. Due to a wave of anti-semitism during March 1968 events in Poland she and her family immigrated to Israel. She studied at the Bezalel Academy of Art and Design in Jerusalem, where the staff included professors from the Bauhaus school. At Bezalel she created her first white paintings and performed linguistic experiments, in which linguistic structures formed the pictorial structures, shown at International Symposium of Concrete poetry in Selb (1977). These experiments were continued at the Düsseldorf Academy of Fine Arts in Prof. Günther Uecker's class. She received her master student degree (Meisterschülerin) in 1979 and remained at the Academy until 1980 as an assistant lecturer.

Beginning in 1977 she experimented with polaroid photography, which resulted in the installations entitled Poesie und Gemeinheit der kleinen Dinge (Poetry and Meanness of Small Objects). Starting in 1978 she experimented with painted polygonal shaped canvases and the dialogue of their forms on the wall. Since 1982 she has created various cycles of shaped canvas, including Schilde (Shields), Spielzeug (Toys), Die Büchse der Pandora (Pandora's Box), and Unterwegs (On the Way). In 1979 she placed a number of 10 m (33 ft)-high flagpoles with 4 m (13 ft)-wide banners on the Wupper river bank (Fahnen Skulptur / Flag Sculpture). The flags had circular openings with a 1 m (3 ft 3 in) diameter. In 1980 she created her first pyramids made of triangular paintings on canvas, called Die Berge (The Mountains), a series shown in 1981 at the Düsseldorf Museum of Art at the Treibhaus exhibition and in 1985 at the Process und Konstruktion exhibition in Munich, forming the installation Gipfeltreffen (Summit).

In 1982 she was the originator of an auction of works of art and an exhibition to protest against the martial law in Poland (Gegen das Kriegsrecht in Polen), both held at the Kunstmuseum Düsseldorf. In 1990 the painting entitled Polnischer Adler mit Häftlings Mütze (Polish Eagle with Prisoner's Cap) was given to Anda Rottenberg as a gift for the first museum of art in independent Poland. In 1984 she started working on the cycle Ahnen (Ancestors), shown among others at the Dialog exhibition in Warsaw (Centrum Sztuki, 1989) and Düsseldorf (Kunstmuseum, 1990).

Around this time she created the first series of watercolors on paper, called Ansichtskarten (Postcards), shown among others in 1991 at the Richard Demarco Gallery in Edinburgh. This series of paper works has grown into Ansichtskarten und Ansichtssachen (Postcards and Views), an extensive set of hundreds of collage works (watercolors and photos), which were shown in different one-man shows at the Kunsthalle Altdorf (2001), Kunstverein Oerlinghausen (2002) and at the Representation of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia to the European Union in Brussels (2004).

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