The Poetics of Sport
An extraordinary vernissage took place in the John Paul II Olympic Centre in Warsaw on May 28. Tadeusz Kowalski, a fine art photographer, handed over to the Polish Olympic Committee over 200 black-and-white sport photographs, taken in the 60s, 70s and 80s.
The choice of photographs presented at the exhibition was titled "Spojrzenie" ('Glimpse').
Tadeusz Kowalski has been a member of the Association of Polish Art Photographers since 1966. In 1970 he was granted the title of artist by the International Federation of Photographic Art. He presented his works in over 400 exhibitions in 50 countries around the world. He was awarded with numerous medals and prizes.
In 1969 the photographer became the laureate of art contest organized by the POC on the occasion of the 50th Anniversary of the Polish Olympic Committee and since then he's been associated with the Olympic Movement. In 1992, he won third place at the "Sport in Art" Biennale in Barcelona. The same year he was honored with the "Olympic Laurel", awarded by the POC.
During the opening ceremony Grażyna Rabsztyn said, "We have titled the exhibition 'Spojrzenie', because it is the author's view at sport but also at the athlete before, during and after competition. These photographs beautifully resemble the poetics of sport".
Secretary General of the Polish Olympic Committee, Adam Krzesiński, thanked Tadeusz Kowalski for handing his works over to the POC and presented him the Gold Medal for "Merit for the Polish Olympic Movement". Tadeusz Kowalski's vernissage is the 130th exhibition which has been organized by the POC, during a decade of existence of the Olympic Center. The exhibition is open until June 15.
Phot.: Katarzyna Deberny
Translation: Piotr H. Kowalski, email@example.com