TRENTO, ITALY.- The protagonist of the next exhibition at the Galleria Civica di Arte Contemporanea of Trento is none other than Wilhelm Sasnal, Polish artist, winner of the 2006 Vincent Van Gogh Prize at the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam, and one of the most sought after personalities by galleries, museums and collectors.
The exhibition, his first solo show in an Italian public institution, includes many series of paintings and short films. The true heart of the production of the artist are the paintings, these include the series tied to the theme of Judaism (Maus, Shoah), his birthplace (Mościce), the rivers which cross through Poland, religious buildings (Churches), fables (Andersen) and his passion for music groups (Music), alongside a wide selection of portraits.
Inspired by everyday life and the mass media, Sasnal interprets reality in a personal and often private way, creating expressive images which leave lasting impressions. His painting and films are a varied and free play on styles, modes of representation, techniques and means which always remain true to a traditional base, like oil on canvas for his paintings and the movie camera for his films.
A strong sense of history and personal memory emerges from his painting which cross over and blend in his works.