The Polish-English catalogue, "Mikołaj Smoczyński, Retrospec-
tively", edited by Marcin Lachowski, has just appeared.
PUBLISHED BY THE CULTURE WORKSHOPS IN LUBLIN, this has been the first monograph of an outstanding artist who has successfully combined in his work radical formulas of modernistic art (performance, conceptualism, minimalart, land-art elements of installation and radical painting) with the categories of the sacrum and sanctity, rooted in the culture anthropology by Mircea Eliade, icon painting by Jerzy Nowosielski and the defined constructivism tradition followed by Kazimierz Malewicz. The calendar and bibliography have been of great importance for this publication. These have revealed new facts, for example theoretical master theses from 1979 on the sacrum in art. This has been a determining moment for the development of the approach by Smoczyński. Further, the catalogue, containing pieces from the 1980-2006 period - serving as the bases for strongly coherent ouvre, at most times of the highest artistic quality, always daring by means of its radical attitude - has been of considerable significance here. This has been extraordinary output, founded equally on the intellectual reflection, as on the spiritual. Out of six texts that offer differently oriented analysis on this autonomic and hermetic work, I focused on the article by Piotr Majewski who dealt with metaphysical and symbolic meanings and the category of repetition. Further, I would like to recommend the text by Jarosław Kozłowski on the essence of painting for the in situ realizations, and the text by Marcin Lachowski on the problem of interaction and the concept of the "imaginable time". The text by Janusz Zagrodzki, known earlier, is also worth mentioning. This covers an important thesis on constant demolishment and anew construction, present in practically every single piece by the artist which is a phenomenon in itself.
"Mikołaj Smoczyński, Retrospectively", 2011, Publishers: Culture Workshops - Culture Center Affiliate in Lublin; publishing cooperation: the Lublin Zachęta Fine Arts Association; the Labyrinth Gallery, Lublin.