To Those Who Warn…
Exhibition Dedicated to Jan Karski
May 26 to June 20, 2018
Opening May 25, 2018 6:00 pm
International Youth Meeting Centre in Oświęcim / Auschwitz
Legionów 11, Oświęcim, Poland
IYMC announces an exhibition by artist Anna VanMatre entitled To Those Who Warn…
This drawing-photo installation will be presented in the House of Silence in the Centre.
VanMatre’s work was specially created for this exhibition. The artist uses multi-layered
photography as well as drawing techniques with graphite and pastel. It consists of three
compositions with a total length of 71 feet.
The work is dedicated to Jan Karski whom the artist came to know in the final years of
his life. As a member of the Polish underground movement, Karski was a courier
bringing secret information from occupied Poland to the government in exile. He was
smuggled in and out of the Warsaw ghetto and the camp at Izbica in order to convey
the horrors of the Holocaust and warn the British foreign minister and U.S. President
Franklin D. Roosevelt. In 1982, Yad Vashem recognized Jan Karski as Righteous
Among the Nations and in 1994 he was awarded honorary citizenship of Israel.
An opening with the artist present will take place at 6:00 pm on May 25. As part of the
ceremony, American saxophonist and composer Rick VanMatre will perform a recital of
jazz and avant-garde classical music. The program will include the premiere of his
composition Villanelle, dedicated to Jan Karski, as well as Ashes, dedicated to the
victims of Auschwitz. Joining the composer will be pianist Piotr Wyleżoł and bassist
Alan Wykpisz from Kraków.
Anna Socha VanMatre was born in Poland and graduated from Kraków Art High School
and the Warsaw Academy of Fine Arts. She has developed her own artistic techniques
utilizing synthetic paper, graphite layering, and three-dimensional effects such as cut
and torn canvases. Her primary focus has been the dividing line between reality and
the abstract. She began by creating monochromatic compositions representing
configurations of clouds, sometimes permeated by light. Later, color became the center
of her works’ tension, and she explored the elemental energy of water, rocks, and
volcanoes with spatial procedures to generate an impression of constant motion.
The works of Anna VanMatre have been exhibited in museums and galleries in Europe,
Africa, and the USA, and are held in numerous private collections. In 2013 her
fourteen-panel composition Metamorphoses-Fire and Metamorphoses-Water was
permanently installed in the Karol Szymanowski Philharmonic Hall in Kraków in tribute
to Krzysztof Penderecki.
The exhibition is accompanied by a catalog documenting her creations.
VanMatre lives and works in Cincinnati, Ohio, USA.