Young Poland

The Willism Morris Gallery in Walthamstow have got a very enterprising exhibition about the Polish Arts and Crafts movement, which was very obviously parallel to comparable movements in other parts of Europe – fiercely nationalistic, while at the same time very aware of equivalent work elsewhere, inspired in its origin by the charismatic Stanisław Wyspiański:-

Some of it was very theatrical:-

They absorbed crafts traditions into their building techniques, as they settled an area round Zakopane in the Tatra Mountains, reviving traditional crafts:-

Beautiful batik wall hanging:-

It’s a very impressive exhibition for a small gallery to have put on, with a big accompanying book.

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