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Zdzislaw Beksinski a tale told by shadows – opening

Please be informed that this is simply the grand opening event page. Additional information and updates about other events supporting “Zdzisław Beksiński a Tale Told by Shadows” will be also presented on exhibition page along with a list of sponsors, patrons, and all open hearted people. Click the picture above to go exhibition page. We are expecting a large turnout, which means that parking spots and tickets will be limited. Please order your early bird ticket online if you don’t want to miss out!

From June 9th, to September 5th, the Polish Museum of America in Chicago, which has been operating for over 80 years, is organizing an exhibit for the paintings and photographs of Zdzisław Beksiński.

The exhibition in Chicago will be a unique historical event. Although Zdzislaw Beksinski’s works are in the private collection of Roman Polanski, Chip Joslin, Beata Tyszkiewicz, Jerzy Skolimowski or Donald Sutherland, and are esteemed by the director Guillermo del Toro, their exhibition in the Polish Museum will be the first time they are presented in the United States.


Beksiński didn’t like exhibitions, and never attended them. As an artist he was a loner, he didn’t participate in the artistic social scene, didn’t belong to any art groups, and never accepted awards. The largest and most important collection of his works is located in the Historic Museum in Sanok – his birthplace.


The largest and most important collection of his works is located in the Historic Museum in Sanok – his birthplace. His works are also featured in all major museums in Poland (Warszawa, Kraków, Gdańsk, Poznań, Wrocław, Bydgoszcz), in numerous private collections in Germany, Belgium, Switzerland, France, Sweden, Japan, and the United States.


Beksinski didn’t like public talks about his paintings. He was scared, that what he will say, will be later changed, shortened, got out of context. Perhaps it’s due to fact, that huge amount of his works were born in his subconcius and it was impossible, even for him, to interpret his paintings in any way. What for? Painting is for watching, not for interpreting.

Wiesław Banach – Polish art historian,
director of the Historic Museum in Sanok


The exhibit has been endorsed by the following people:


The exhibit will be host to the US premiere of the VR based presentation of Beksinki’s work, De Profundis.


This event has been made possible due to the cooperation of the Historical Museum in Sanok, the National Museum in Szczecin, as well as help from the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage, and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Poland.

Great Hall

Sabina P. Logisz Great Hall was originally designed as the auditorium for the Polish Roman Catholic Union of America headquarters. In 1939, it was adapted for the needs of the Museum. The center space of the Great Hall presents rotating temporary exhibitions of documentary and historical content, as well as art and artists, both local and international.

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