Roland Wirtz, View of Kosciuszko Mound from a Window in the Artist’s Studio. 15th January 2019, 7:33 a.m.–4:06 p.m.


To mark the occasion of the 150th anniversary of Stanisław Wyspiański’s birth, a one-day only presentation of a new temporary project by Roland Wirtz will take place in the artist’s former workshop, the so-called Sapphire studio, where Wyspiański created his famous series of landscape paintings View of Kosciuszko Mound from a Window in the Artist’s Studio. On this meaningful date, 15th of January, the studio – otherwise restricted to the public – will be filled with the light of the modern-day view from the southwest-facing window.

The unusual time frame of the presentation results from the sunrise and sunset times of the day in question since the sun is the only medium for the ever-changing, fleeting, ephemeral image. From dawn to dusk, each guest at this unorthodox birthday ceremony will come face to face with a unique photographic and optical experience. In line with the tradition of hospitality and birthday celebrations, refreshments will be served at the presentation as well.

Roland Wirtz is an artist of German origin. He was born in Cologne in 1959. He is best known for his photographic experiments, for which he uses Cibachrome paper and original, custom-made monumental photo cameras. In 2015, Bunkier Sztuki Gallery of Contemporary Art hosted his solo exhibition Immediatus, accompanied by the catalog composed of texts by Svei Braunert, Krzysztof Pijarski, Christoph Schaden and Krzysztof Siatka. For some years now, Wirtz has been working in the Sapphire studio every now and then, taking unique photographs of the view of the Kosciuszko Mound from the studio’s window. The artist lives and works in Berlin.

Photo: a camera matte showing the view of the Kosciuszko Mound from the window in the artist’s studio