Opened on 5 May 2018 at 2.30 pm. Opening speaker: Dr Christine Nicholls, Senior Lecturer, College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences, Flinders University.
An exhibition of work by the late Polish-Australian artist Wladyslaw Dutkiewicz (1918-1999).
Wlad was trained in Poland and Paris, was a partisan in World War Two, and fled to freedom ahead of the advancing Red Army in 1945. He spent four years in a Displaced Persons’ camp in Hohenfels, Bavaria, before migrating to Australia in 1949. He settled in Adelaide in 1950 and lived there until his death.
The exhibition is curated by Dr Adam Dutkiewicz, the artist’s second son, who is a prominent Adelaide art historian and publisher of small press editions on local art and artists. It presents a selection of around 40 works from the family collection and on loan from private collections and the Art Gallery of South Australia.
The exhibition is part of the 2018 History Festival and is proudly supported by the Royal SA Society of Arts, Inc. The exhibition concluded on 10 June 2018.
A second part to this exhibition was held at the Royal South Australian Society of Arts Gallery from 20 January – 10 February 2019. Wladyslaw Dutkiewicz: Adelaide Modernist, featuring an entirely different set of oils, watercolours and drawings, and was opened by Associate Professor Christine Garnaut, Planning and Architectural History, and Director, Architecture Museum, School of Art, Architecture and Design, University of South Australia.
A paperback edition of Adam’s biography of the artist – Wladyslaw Dutkiewicz: A Partisan for Art – was produced for the exhibition.
Christine Nicholls’ 6-page article on the 100th Anniversary Exhibition was published in Asian Art News 28, no. 4 (2018), pp. 52-57.