12.08 – 12.09.2015
Third meeting /
Roman Opałka, Stanisław Dróżdż
Roman Opałka and Stanisław Dróżdż had participated participated together in numerous group exhibitions but met each other in person only twice. For the first time it was during the 50th Venice Biennale when Stanisław Dróżdż prepared for Polish pavilion a monumental installation Alea iacta est. Few years before this event Roman Opałka presented in the same place his likewise monumental work Opałka 1965/1 - ∞
The second time was three years later on the occasion of Polish avant-garde exhibition in a small museum in Mouans Sartou, South of France.
in 2015, in their afterlife, they met for the first time in their own joint exhibition in Gallery Propaganda.
They differed from each other in their medias. Dróżdż was a poet and the Opałka was a painter. Though they did not know each other and they had never corresponded, discussed and shared their thoughts, it is surprising in how many points their attitudes are consistent with each other. Both were fascinated by the phenomenon of passing time, philosophical reflections on determinism and random chance. Equally, they were fascinated by the game, even were admitting to gambling. They characterized by their precision of thinking, uncompromising creativity and their ironic consequences.
50 years have passed since Roman Opałka painted his first work from the series to the one he devoted his whole life by counting its course by consecutive numbers. Almost simultaneously Stanisław Dróżdż found himself in concrete poetry and discovered the numbers for its language. He left behind several spectacular and diverse numerical works. Opałka painted two hundred and several dozens of his Details. The last, unfinished picture remains on the easel in his studio near Paris.