Set design, painting, and…

In 2011, I was invited by Museum of the History of Kielce (my home town in Poland) to have a large-scale individual retrospective exhibition. I was given four rooms and free hand to design it entirely according to my imagination. My aim was to create something more engaging than just a set of pictures hanging on the wall so I used my experience in set design to turn the rooms into a memorable display space. This involved blacking out the windows, letting visitors peer into cardboard boxes in order to view the paintings, showing off the costumes by painting mannequins and surrounding areas in striking pink, creating a “work in progress” space with sketches covering the whole floor, and a room with videos projected onto two walls and a musical soundtrack. The result of this effort was that the exhibition was extended for a week because of the number of visitors that it attracted.