Foksal Gallery Foundation, Warsaw, G10
Foksal Gallery Foundation presents a solo presentation of less well-known works by Erna Rosenstein consisting of drawings and assemblages.
The stand showcases assemblages from the series ‘Homeless Paintings’, which refer to Rosenstein’s traumatic experiences during the war and can be interpreted as dead and quartered bodies. Red paint oozes beneath the surfaces, seemingly caused by the inner tension of the pieces.
The stand also presents smaller assemblages, which draw more directly from the tradition of Surrealism. These works consist of over-painted door and telephone bells shown together with objects made out of rubbish that reference decay and traumatic experience.
On the main wall of the stand is a selection of framed drawings demonstrating the artist’s expressive and intense use of gesture.
To complement the whole presentation, the stand also includes one of Rosenstein's paintings. In Polish art history, painting is key to Rosenstein’s oeuvre. For Spotlight, Foksal Gallery Foundation presents Strikes, an abstract painting from 1968 that refers to student protests in Poland that were suppressed by the communist authorities.