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Teresa Stankiewicz




  One of the permanent exhibitions is related to the paintings of Teresa Stankiewicz, an artist of exceptional sensitivity to color. She completed her studies at the Academy of Fine Arts in Cracow in 1954, under the guidance of prof. Zbigniew Pronaszko. From the very beginning of her activity, Teresa Stankiewicz has actively participated in group exhibitions, that have taken place in several churches: St. Bridget in Gdansk and Dominican Brothers in Cracow. Her works can be also found outside the country, for example, in the Lviv’s Cathedral and Diocese House in Linz. In addition to easel painting, Teresa Stankiewicz performs also religious stained glass windows and murals. Her works adorn the temples in Szczawa, Walbrzych and churches in Austria: Greisinghof and Hochstraße. She also made a triptych altar and the fresco in the chapel in the diocese of Fulda, Amonberg. Twenty-four contrast images for "Hymn Akathistos" Teresa Stankiewicz gave Pope John Paul II. Her paintings can be found in many museums and galleries abroad. The most prestigious include: Albertina and Secession in Vienna, Michael Károlyi Foundation Collection in Lens or gallery, "Pape" in Los Angeles. In 2002, she gave Archdiocesan Museum of Cardinal Karol Wojtyla of Krakow, circa 100 paintings, several of which now are displayed in the permanent exhibition.


  Teresa Stankiewicz's work is difficult to assign to one group of artists. She’s an artist who has developed her own individual style and manner of communication of ideas and content with a limited palette and simple form of painting. You can see in her paintings a certain resemblance to the music, combined with the painting on the metaphysical plane. Thus we see the constant search for some spiritual values, which sometimes manifest themselves on canvas.


  The themes of paintings by Teresa Stankiewicz, held at the Archdiocesan Museum of Cardinal Karol Wojtyla of Krakow, can be divided into three cycles: Christological, Temples and Monasteries. The first cycle of the images depicts Christ in various ways: on a cross or a sign. The second relates to the Temples - the objects that have existed since the beginning of mankind, and through which the earth is maintained. A series of Monasteries relates to a these magical places, which consists the power of penetrating into the interior of a man.