Sonntag, 6. Dezember 2009

Welcome to the Henryk Berlewi Archive

Image: Photograph by Edward Hartwig showing Henryk Berlewi and his works accompanied by Models in Hotel Europe, Warsaw, 1960s. Copyright and Courtesy Gaiser & Cie. .

The Henryk Berlewi Archive is actively collecting documents and information on Henryk Berlewi (1894-1967).

If you are interested in Henryk Berlewi or if want to contribute to the Catalogue Raisonné Project please contact us directly at

We are also interested in the "Impact of Henryk Berlewi".

If you or your organization own or has own works or documents by and about Henryk Berlewi we would highly appreciate if you could provide us with detailed information about this/these works. Whereas, we guarantee discretion.

We thank you in advance for your support. Any kind of input is welcome. If you need support please contact us at

If you are a scholar and interested in working with Archive material please send us your request. Only requests including full name and address will be considered.



Dipl.-Volkswirt Sebastian Gaiser
Editor of the Catalogue Raisonné Henryk Berlewi Archive

Dr. phil. Johanna Dahm, M.A., Cologne

Mirjam Rosenstein, lic. oec. HSG, Berlin and Zurich

Prof. Dr. Seth Wolitz, Gale Professor of Jewish Studies, University of Texas Austin

Henrky Berlewi Archive starts planning for an exhibition in 2011

Frankfurt. Henryk Berlewi Archive based in Frankfurt Germany has started to prepare an exhibition and publication on Henryk Berlewi which is planned for 2011/2012.
The Archive is interested to exhibit and publish works and documents from its inventory, in addition the Archive plans to contact selected collectors and museums to contribute to the exhibition and the monograph. An important part will be focused on the impact the Polish artist Henryk Berlewi has had on designers and artists in Europe, the US and Japan.
The Archive welcomes input from scholars and researchers at any time.

Works by Henryk Berlewi in the Tate

Works by Henryk Berlewi will be on display at the Tate Modern exhibition "Van Doesburg and the International Avant-Garde: Constructing a New World". (4 February – 16 May 2010).

Henryk Berlewi. Kontrasty Mekanofakturowe. 1924, Gouache, 83 x 109 cm.

Please review its provenance at the TATE Website.

The work was previously auctioned at the Cologne-based auction house Lempertz which lists the work as one of their highlights.

Bang! When Barney Bubbles brought Berlewi to Generation X

Paul Gorman, author of "Reasons to be cheerful", discovers in his Blog the impact Henryk Berlewi has had on british graphic artitst Barney Bubbles.

One of the key works (left) by Barney Bubbles is the 7″ 1977 sleeve for Your Generation/Day By Day, the debut single by British punk band Generation X, the work on the right is by Henryk Berlewi: Mécano-Facture (Mechano-Faktur), 1924 – 61. The version of 1961 is in the collection of Marli Hoppe-Ritter.

Samstag, 7. November 2009

Works by Edward Hartwig on Henryk Berlewi

Düsseldorf. The Polnisches Institut Düsseldorf will show photographs by Edward Hartwig that are displaying Henryk Berlewi with models and his works. The exhibition will be opened on the 24th of November 2009 at 7 pm, Citadellstr. 7, Düsseldorf.

Donnerstag, 15. Oktober 2009

Conference and Exhibition Featuring Henryk Berlewi

Pole, Jew, Artist. Identity and Avant-garde
exhibition: 17/10/09 – 31/01/10 conference: 15-17/10/09
Almost all avant-garde movements declared their internationalism and lack of interest in national, ethnic and religious differences. The subject of their programmes and the addressee of their activity was an individual liberated from the limits imposed by native culture. Avant-garde artists felt – and were indeed – members of a great, progressive International. Their ideology was directed towards the future and their artistic practices usually manifested the moments of defying cultural past. Therefore, analysing avant-garde as related to the native cultures of its artists might seem unjustified. But is it really? The exhibition is an attempt to answer this question. It focuses on the identity of an avant-garde artist of Jewish origin as well as the impact of this identity on an artwork. The exhibition poses a question how this identity is constructed, what kind of community experience defines it, how strongly it is determined by belonging to diaspora culture or the efforts to overcome it. The exhibition is aimed at showing a wide range of attitudes: from modernising attempts at creating ‘new national Jewish art’, to the cultivation of avant-garde ethos, but only within one’s own environment, to assimilation, rejection of the context of one’s own culture, identification with Polish or international avant-garde scene. The exhibition presents works by Jung Idysz artists (Jankiel Adler, Marek Szwarc, Mojżesz Broderson), works by artists related to the Formists (Henryk Gottlieb), to the Constructivist movement (Henryk Berlewi, Teresa Żarnowerówna, Samuel Szczekacz) and to surrealist artes (Ludwik Lille, Marek Włodarski), as well as the radical left-wing Grupa Krakowska (Jonasz Stern, Sasza Blonder). As well as painting, graphic arts and sculpture, the exhibition also presents phenomena related to literary, theatre and music avant-garde. The exhibition is accompanied by a publication featuring texts by the most renowned world experts in the field of Jewish avant-garde culture and an international conference focusing on the problem. Curators: Joanna Ritt, Jarosław SuchanExhibition under the Honorary Patronage of the President of the Republic of Poland, Lech KaczyńskiAcademic Conference Avant-garde is considered a phenomenon independent of culture or nationality, defying tradition, geared towards a radical transformation of social reality. The curators would like to question this approach, trying to ‘localise’ avant-garde. Experts from Poland, the USA, Germany, France and Canada, representing various academic disciplines such as art history, theatre history, culture studies and literature studies, have been invited to participate in the conference. The experts will examine the tensions between ethnicity and the universalistic ethos of avant-garde art in the biographies and works of numerous artists of Jewish origin. They will analyse the process of constructing identities of avant-garde artists from a particular cultural context, they will discuss what kind of community experience defined their approach and the extent to which this experience determined if they felt part of diaspora culture or defied tradition. A wide range of attitudes will be discussed: from modernising attempts at creating ‘new national Jewish art’, to the cultivation of avant-garde ethos, but only within one’s own environment, to assimilation, rejection of the context of one’s own culture, identification with either Polish or international avant-garde scene. The conference will focus on four thematic areas: avant-garde and Yiddish, avant-garde and revolution, avant-garde and cosmopolitanism, avant-garde and Polish-Jewish relations. Experts invited to participate in the conference: Prof. Marek Bartelik, Cooper Union School of Art, New YorkProf. Hans-Peter Bayerdörfer, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität, MunichProf. Jerzy Jarzębski, Jagiellonian UniversityProf. Anna Kuligowska-Korzeniewska, University of ŁódźProf. Małgorzata Leyko, University of ŁódźProf. Gail Levin, Baruch College and Graduate Center, City University of New York Prof. Gilles Rozier, Maison de la culture Yiddish, Bibliothèque Medem, ParisProf. Seth L. Wolitz, University of Texas, Austin Prof. Jerzy Malinowski, Nicolaus Copernicus University, Toruń Prof. Andrzej Turowski, Université de Bourgogne, Dijon Prof. Carol Zemel, York University, Toronto Conference sessions will be held in Polish and English, with simultaneous interpreting.The publication of a post-conference volume in Polish and English is planned.Further information can be obtained from:Łukasz Biskupski, conference secretary+ 48 502 619

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