Exploring Poland: Sara Lipska Art Exhibition

When I think of exhibitions, it takes me back to the earliest of my years- my parents, museum fanatics, created a world full of musty objects and derelict British country houses that I found quite alluring, especially on account of my taste in books at that time ,which were mainly Agatha Christie‘s and some works by Dickens and the like. That projected world became something that I thought I would be better off without when i entered my rebellious teenage years, with all the  angst that came with them, so for a long time, I had no contact with art with a capital A, only internet browsing.

After being taken ill quite suddenly and finding out my invitations to Poland Fashion Week for this season where not going to be able to be put through their usual paces- with all the shows, photography and media babble, I had to resign to the other option that lay ahead of me- take part in my daily life as usual. And yes, for the first time in a while, going to see an exhibition on an artist I had never known before or really cared about, so what I saw took me by surprise.

The artist in question was a woman called Sara Lipska, a Pole living in XXth century Paris, a student and lover of the celebrated Polish sculptor of the time, Xavery Dunikowski. After having his child, she decided to move from Warsaw to Paris, and stayed there, splitting up with Xavery along the way, although still maintaining a certain student-mentor relationship. After arriving in Paris and getting to know Xavery’s artistic inner circle, she boomed into popularity, with a career mostly in sculpting, although her boutique on the Parisian Champs Elysees did not do too badly either. Her fashion design also took her into creating a collection for the famous Diaghilev russian ballets. She turned from one area of art to another, experimenting with oriental influences one time and dabbling in interior design for a friend’s flat the next, and then making bottles and campaigns for the cosmetics of Helena Rubinstein. Her range for creativity was limitless.

Now her exposition also touched upon all of her chosen fields in Art, and it showed exactly what techniques she used- in love with birds and their exotic plumage, she focused on creating very bright, lustrous and light, highly ornamented clothing, as well as bringing birds and saturated tones of canary yellow, cobalt and vermillion into her paintings. Her exposed sculptures were slightly less colorful, but still not regular- she loved putting shards of broken glass into her sculptures, to give them another dimension. Her work was very carefree- although held down by the Cubist movement, her work expressed vitality and strength and color, which fitted in perfectly into her century.

To see for yourself what kind of an artist she was, and whether you like the work or not, just click through the images.

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