From People to Black Holes 2004, PRESS RELEASE
In June 2004, a remarkable - and in many ways unusual - exhibition of paintings and prints by Witold-K. (Wit Leszek Kaczanowski) closed at the Royal Lazienki Musem in Warsaw. After 43 years of artistic absence in Poland, Witold returned to his home town to show his work. The exhibit, which was originally devised as a "sentimental journey" into Witold's past, turned into an unexpected success on all fronts.
Already the opening of the exhibit on May 28 attracted a large crowd. Professor Marek Kwiatkowski, the director of the museum, welcomed Witold with a warm introductory speech. He then invited the audience to participate in a Q & A session with the artist which received a standing ovation.
Witold's art work was displayed in three separate rooms at Lazienki's art gallery. Two of the rooms housed the 48 origingal paintings which Witold had brought from his studio in Denver, Colorado. In the third room, nearly 500 reproductions of Witold's art, along with a wide range of unpublished photographs, letters and documents, covered the walls. This "tapestry" not only illustrated the evolution of Witold's art, but it also outlined the path of his life and paid tribute to many famous and not-so-famous people who have had an impact on his career.
The exhibit was frequented, among many others, by movie directors such as Andrzej Wajda, Krzysztof Zanussi, Angnieszka Holland, Dorota Kedzierzawska, Jerzy Gruza, and Barbara Sass; actresses Beata Tyszkiewicz, Alina Janowska, and Monika Olbrychska; writers, journalists and artists including Janusz Stanny, Janusz Kapusta and Waldemar Swierzy. Witold-K's portrait, painted by Swierzy, was reproduced as a poster and distributed all over Warsaw.
Also, the exhibit led to an unexpected opportunity for Witold to revisit one of his earliest and largest artworks: a 4,390 square-foot (= 408 square meters) ceiling mural which he had completed in 1961 for the Cultural Center in the city of Auschwitz. In June 2004, the mayor of the city of Auschwitz and the director of the Cultural Center organized a luncheon in Witold's honor, followed by a press conference and a meeting with the public.