Exhibition “PATCHWORK: The Architecture of JADWIGA GRABOWSKA-HAWRYLAK”, Lisbon

    The exhibition “Patchwork: The Architecture of Jadwiga Grabowska-Hawrylak”, one of the most important architects of her generation in Poland, is taking place at the Lisbon Triennale, at Sinel de Cordes Palace. This exhibition comes from a co-production with the Wrocław Architecture Museum and the Polish Ministry of Culture, which presents a retrospective of the most iconic and avant-garde Polish architect.


    Jadwiga Grabowska-Hawrylak was one of the most important architectural people of her generation in Poland. The 12 projects presented in this exhibition describe a temporal arc of his extensive career that spans from 1954 to 1993. From his participation in the reconstruction of Wrocław to the modernist designs of the 1960s-70s and the postmodern aesthetics he adopted in his later works, in the 1980s-90s, Grabowska-Hawrylak’s career reflects the successive cultural and political changes in Poland. Grabowska-Hawrylak is best known for the huge, sculptural housing complex in Wrocław, popularly known as Manhattan. Completed in 1976, it has become a symbol of the city’s ambitions and aspirations. Her body of work also includes many examples of exceptional design: 1950s schools, a maisonette building with duplex apartments downtown, a futuristic urban center, among others.
    Despite changes in architectural trends, the patchwork stitched by Grabowska-Hawrylak in Wroclaw remains to this day one of the most interesting facets of the city, and continues to occupy an important place in the collective imagination of its citizens. After her performance in New York, she is now hosted by the Triennial’s Cultural Center, the Sinel de Cordes Palace.

    Curatorship: Michał Duda and Małgorzata Devosges Cuber
    Patchwork: Jadwiga Grabowska-Hawrylak Architecture was conceived by the Wrocław Architecture Museum and in cooperation with the Adam Mickiewicz Institute as part of the cultural program that celebrated the centenary of the recovery of its independence POLSKA 100. This initiative is funded by the Ministry of Culture of Poland and the National Heritage of the Republic of Poland in the framework of the multi-annual program NIEPODLEGŁA 2017-2022.


    Sinel de Cordes Palace, Campo Santa Clara, 144-145, Lisbon

    July 13th to September 18th, 2021

    Tuesday to Friday, 14:00 – 19:00 / Saturday, 11:00 – 19:00

    Free entrance

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