About Andrzej Wajda
Although ¾ of his movies take place in the past, almost all of them provoked heated discussions about national identity and Polish imponderabilia. However, Wajda always tried to include in his films universal messages, and that brought him international fame and recognition. As a representative of the generation of Columbuses (he was a member of Home Army), he witnessed national defeat – hence his screen judgment of the past is so bitter. He presented individuals destroyed by history, but not by the narrator, who’s full of understanding for the characters. Though his movies are mostly adaptations of literature, it’s Wajda – the leading painter of the screen (former Academy of Fine Arts student) – was finding images representative to the words. He was a central persona in Polish Film School (which he himself initiated with film such as “A Generation” and “Canal”), Cinema of Moral Anxiety (“Man of Marble”) and cinema of August 80 (“Man of Iron”). As the director of Zespół Filmowy X, he prompted many important debuts of the second half of the 1970s. He also created documentaries and two TV-series (“Promised Land” and “As years go by, as days go by…”). Wajda is also an accomplished Polish theatre director (including TV-theatre). He was involved in social actions (director of the Polish Filmmakers Association 1978-1982; creator of the Manngha Museum of Japanese Art and Technology) as well as political (senator in years 1989-1991), considering both as different way of fulfilling his duty towards the viewers.
About the exhibition
On 6th March 2016, Andrzej Wajda turned 90; he made 40 feature films – hence the title of the exhibition: 40/90.
It presents, in a chronological order, all the feature films by Andrzej Wajda which were made through over 60 years: from "A Generation" – the debut from 1954, to "Afterimage" – the most recent film about Władysław Strzemiński.
The boards, apart from stills, photos from the film set and posters, will also include QR codes linking to film fragments and teasers.
Texts by professor Krzysztof Kornacki are available in Polish and English.
The exhibition curator is Natalia Chojna and the graphic designer – Ola Kot.
The exhibition was initiated and funded by the Polish Film Institute, implemented by the National Film Archive in co-operation with numerous institutions - first and foremost, film studios: Kadr, Zebra, Tor, as well as the Digital Film Repository, the MANGGHA Japanese Art and Technolocy Museum and the Łódź Film Museum.