Toruń’s Copernicus takes centre stage at Dwurnik retrospective

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Basking in the summer heat, the rooftops housing the Old Town of Toruń shine an envious eye on the glass-fronted entrance to the cool confines of the CSW Centre for Contemporary Art.

Inside, a look back at one of Poland’s most commercially successful and prolific artists Edward Dwurnik, with an exhibition tallying more than 450 his works produced over his lifetime.

Host John Beauchamp speaks to Paulina Kuhn from the Toruń Centre of Contemporary Art.

This monumental show is the first of its kind since Edward Dwurnik died in 2018 following a career spanning half a century. Born in 1943, the talented artist produced a massive collection numbering over 20,000 works, ranging from urban murals and sweeping canvases to scale drawings and print graphics.

The exhibition marks an important chapter in the CSW’s still young history, as Dwurnik’s striking blue and black portrait of a punked-up Copernicus was the first work of art donated to the new gallery’s collection when it was founded fifteen years ago in 2006.

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