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IN THE DEPTH OF REFLECTION

Oskar Zięta at Gdańsk Museum

Gdańsk Museum, May, 13 – November, 28, 2021

The “In the depth of reflection” exhibition is a unique combination of tradition and modernity. Oskar Zięta placed his pieces of furniture, mirrors and sculptures in the interiors of the Artus Court and the Uphagen House. The exhibition is an opportunity to see what historical objects and modern design, including shiny chairs, tables and sculptures, made of air-inflated steel, look like side by side. See how creativity was defined then and now and whether we can view ourselves in contemporary mirrors in the same way as in those from 300 years ago…

 

In the historic interiors of two Gdańsk Museum’s buildings, in the projects made of steel, copper and aluminium, one can see the eponymous “depth of reflection”, in which monumental spaces, works of art and museum exhibits are being transformed in the shiny polished steel’s reflections.

 

The exhibition in Gdańsk is yet another Oskar Zięta’s intervention into historic space and an attempt to enter into a dialogue between tradition and modernity. The master of steel reaches down to the mysterious sea depths and maritime legends. He brings to life the mythical Kraken, threat of armadas and sailors, to remind us that the unpredictable exists…

 

In Zięta’s work, the futuristic vision of design comes true, and his bold designs are an example of the influence of new technologies on contemporary art and design.

 

The exhibition is open from Monday to Sunday (except for Tuesdays), 10 am – 4 pm.

Photos by Dariusz Kula

Photos by Dariusz Kula

Photos by Dariusz Kula

Oskar Zieta

Oskar Zięta

Architect, artist and process designer. Creator of over 200 original utility forms that manifest his own recognizable style. Author of sculptures that demonstrate his passionate experimental approach to design. The main paradigm of his work is exploring the formal and technical properties of the metal transformed using the proprietary FiDU technology.

 

He obtained his PhD at the ETH University in Zurich, and is a lecturer at the SWPS School of Form in Warsaw. Author of the iconic PLOPP stool (2007), and the highest sculpture in public space in Poland, WIR (2017), as well as NAWA (2017),  a pavilion-sculpture nominated for the prestigious European Mies van der Rohe award.

 

Zięta’s design has been awarded many times, incl. Designpreis der Bundesrepublik Deutschland Award, Red Dot and Audi Mentorpreis Awards. He collaborated, among others with Audi, Architonic, Ballantine’s, Pirelli and the Victoria & Albert Museum. His works are in the collections of the Museum für Gestaltung in Zurich, the Pinakothek in Munich and the Pompidou Center in Paris.