Adam Marczyński

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search

Adam Marczyński (24 December 1908 – 13 January 1985) was a Polish painter. He died in Kraków. Marczyński came into his own as an artist of post-war Kraków.

He studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Kraków. He started exhibiting in 1933[1] and had his first solo exhibition a few years after that. Marczyński taught at the academy from 1945 to 1979. One of his students at the academy was Zbigniew Żupnik. Besides teaching, he was a painter, did illustrations, was a graphic artist, and even did scenery design.

Around the war years, he embraced cubism and a Polish variation of post-Impressionism, called Colorism. Marczyński painted landscapes, portraits, still lifes, and interiors.

In the 1960s, he abandoned regular painting techniques, instead choosing to paint objects and make collages.[2] By the '70s, Marczyński began making compositions in small cases. These items have doors that open and close; they became his main artistic focus.[1]

Marczyński exhibited at many international art festivals, including the Venice Biennale in 1956 and the documenta II in Kassel in 1959.[3] A catalogue was published in 1985 at a posthumous retrospective at the Gallery of the Office of Artistic Exhibitions in Kraków.[1]


  1. ^ a b c Kitowska-Łysiak, Małgorzata (December 2001). "Adam Marczyński". Retrieved 1 August 2012. 
  2. ^ "Adam Marczyński (1908-1988)". National Museum in Krakow. Retrieved 1 August 2012. 
  3. ^ "Bibliothekskatalog Marczynski, Adam" (in German). documenta archiv. Retrieved 1 August 2012.