Wacław Szpakowski

Born in Warsaw in 1883; died in Wrocław in 1973 where he lived since 1945. The author of graphic “rhythmical lines” created in 1900–1951 and a forerunner of geometric abstraction in art. The first exhibition of his works took place in the Museum of Art in Łódź in 1978, already after the artist’s death.

His first monographic exhibition was held in 1992 in Brussels (Atelier 340). Szpakowski’s works were presented at numerous exhibitions of Polish art organized abroad (Presences Polonaises, Centrum Pompidou, Paris 1983; Europa, Europa, Bonn 1994).

Recently they were shown at the exhibition Inventing Abstraction, 1910–1925 in the Museum of Modern Art in New York (2012/2013) summarizing the pioneering years of abstract art in the world.