lundi 15 décembre 2014

History - The Pavilion of Poland, in the Exposition of Decorative Arts in Paris 1925

Photo Gaël Limpalaer

In the gardens of the Polish Embassy in Paris is a remnant of the Decorative Arts Exposition in Paris in 1925. He is the statue "Rytm" by Henryk Kuna, which was presented in the pavilion of Poland, Cours-la-Reine, near the Place de la Concorde.

Here are some additional information on this statue and the pavilion, thanks to information from the magazine "Art et Decoration" in 1925:

In the art of world nations too uniform, I would almost standardized by modern life that is becoming increasingly international, Polish art retains a freshness and color that are his own.

Whether the Polish national pavilion erected on the Cours-la-Reine, interiors exposed to the Invalides, products of folk art grouped at the Grand Palais mezzanine, various art objects gathered here or to the class of Education, found everywhere deep marks of the genius of a race which, placed at the crossing point in Europe of Eastern and Western influences, was able to draw from these crosses a particular style, a strictly Polish style.

Pavilion court of the Polish Republic
Marble statue by Henry Kuna - Wall Art by A. Jastrzebowski.

Poland has managed to keep it intact during its turbulent history, and since the war, seen safely undergo the most modern influences, even those of Cubism, without losing its original flavor.

The Polish national pavilion is the best example we can give of how to combine and blend these influences.

Pavilion court of the Polish Republic
Marble statue by Henry Kuna.

The architect Joseph Czakowski has designed the bold plan and crowned this beautiful iron and glass lantern stands his arrow at 23 meters high and reflects the country's aspirations towards clarity, light and independence .dropoff window

The marble statue of Henri Kuna who from the threshold, symbolizes the rhythm in art, stained glass Joseph Mehoffer intended to Warsaw Cathedral, illuminating the two side rooms after the vestibule decorating octagonal honor based on beautiful wooden carved oak columns, murals Sophie Stryjenska who expressed with wonderful intensity Polish life unfolding through the twelve months of the year, the woodwork of this room executed by the famous school Zapokane finally the workroom and lounge designed to serve as an official character, with furniture, bronzes, its upholstery fabrics and drapery, its copper objects (lamps and wall) and decorative tapestries all this is a perfect set that might have absolved Poland from any further participation in the Exhibition.
Current trends of his art clearly read it.

Pavilion of the Polish Republic
Architecture of Joseph Czajkowski - Paintings by Sophie Stryjenska.
Bench designed by Charles Sryjenski executed by Martens and Daab - Wood executed by Rudolph brothers.

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