Behind the Appearances
Anna and Jerzy are great lovers and ambitious collectors of art. Created by them gallery - Spectra Art Space – allows one to admire the work of outstanding international artists. On Friday, in the gallery, which was established at the initiative of the Foundation of Anna and Jerzy Starak the exhibition of Vera Lehndorff (Veruschka) and Holger Trülzsch “Behind the Appearances” took place. Veruschka - fashion icon, model and artist was born in Poland in the Sztynort Palace in Masuria - her father Earl Heinrich Graf von Lehndorff-Steinort was involved in the attempt on Hitler’ in Wilczy Szaniec. In the 60’s and 70’s, Veruschka was one of the most famous models, who posed for the covers of the biggest fashion magazines and collaborated with such renowned artists as Salvador Dali, Irving Penn, Franco Rubartelli, Henry Clarke and Richard Avedon. Today, she continues to inspire artists and designers. From the very beginning she was more than just a model – she studied industrial design in Florence and has been involved in various forms of art and expression. She was an artist. The exhibition held in the Spectra Art Space gallery presented three series of photographs and films, which were the result of Verushka cooperation with Holger Trülzsch: Mimicry-Dress-Art (1970-1973), Oxydation (1978) and Prato / Sirius (1985-1988). The exhibition was opened with the “Mimicry-Dress-Art” series, featuring unusual acts of the famous model, painted in such a way that her naked body merged into the surroundings. For this project, the authors did not invite the public, but only recorded and photographed their performances. Characteristic of this contemporary art were the places - abandoned halls of fish markets in Hamburg or warehouses of old clothes and textiles in Prato near Florence. The artistic technique developed by the duo Lehndorff / Trülzsch was also quite specific. It consisted of painting Veruschka’s body so that it intermingled with the surroundings. The model has even used once an expression: “My only intention is to merge into the background”. The project of the exhibition was prepared by Boris Kudlička, who was inspired by the installation of Holger Trülzsch from 1991, realized in l’Hôtel de Ville de Paris and entitled “Verlichtung – Onement”.
Exhibition will be on view until 30th of November 2014
Warsaw, ul. Bobrowiecka 6
Photos by Katarzyna Rainke