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Bolesławiec artistic community – Eugeniusz Niemirowski (1922-1998)

"The art of fire cannot be mastered to the end. It constantly brings new surprises. I am also learning something new, I am gaining new experiences day by day, and this will probably continue to be the case as long as I continue to create."
Eugeniusz Niemirowski
(quoted after: Paweł Śliwko, "Eugeniusz Niemirowski - a European artist", "Głos Bolesławca" 1996).

This post from the series “Bolesławiec artistic community” was prepared within the framework of the project “Bolesławiec – 30 years of local government” carried out by the Museum of Ceramics and the Bolesławiec Cultural Centre – International Ceramics Centre.

Eugeniusz Niemirowski was born in Lwów. After the Second World War he settled in Wrocław. There he began his studies at the State Higher School of Fine Arts in the painting studios of Prof. Leon Dołżycki and Prof. Maria Dawska. However, during his studies he changed direction and in 1953 obtained a diploma from the Faculty of Glass and Ceramics. While still a student, he became a member of the Association of Polish Artists. From 1965 he belonged to the art collective ” Group 8″. In the 1970s he decided to change his life, left Wrocław and moved to Parzyce in the municipality of Nowogrodziec, where he bought the buildings of an old hydroelectric power station and turned them into a unique ceramics studio.

The artist himself dealt with all stages of creating ceramics, from preparing the masses and glazes through designing and making the moulds, their decoration and glazing to firing. He was known above all for producing artistic utilitarian objects such as vases, plates, bowls and various containers, with strikingly simple shapes. He gave them a unique character by adding decorations in the form of paintings or reliefs deliberately combined with smooth surfaces, often in contrasting colours. He most often used floral and animal motifs, as well as genre scenes with figures in stylised folk costumes. These decorations were often arranged in short thematic cycles, such as “knights” or “musicians”. A separate group of works consists of vessels in which the author’s glazes of varying colour, texture and lustre are the main carrier of aesthetic value.

E. Niemirowski has also become known as a creator of original relief and relief ceramic tiles. His oeuvre also includes full-scale sculptures and sophisticated colour paintings on canvas, which, however, he rarely presented at exhibitions.

E. Niemirowski’s works were exhibited at solo exhibitions in Wrocław, Bolesławiec, Jelenia Góra, Stockholm, Dresden, Semily (Czechoslovakia). The artist has also taken part in group exhibitions in Bolesławiec, Wrocław, Warsaw, Jelenia Góra, Wałbrzych, Olsztyn and Dresden. He has received many distinctions and awards for his work.

E. Niemirowski’s ceramics found their way into the collections of museums in Bratislava, Berlin and Bolesławiec, as well as private collections in Poland, the Czech Republic, France, Belgium, Russia, Germany, Canada and the USA.

In 1983, the studio in Parzyce hosted the well-known Polish photographer Zofia Rydet, who travelled around Poland as part of her “Sociological Record” project, photographing people in the interiors of their homes or workplaces. In Zofia Rydet’s archive (zofiarydet.pl) you can find several photographs from this visit.

We also invite you to read the catalogue published in 1983 by the Bureau of Artistic Exhibitions in Jelenia Góra on the occasion of an exhibition of E. Niemirowski’s works

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