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Gallery for surrealist artist Beksiński scores record visitor numbers

18.09.2021 15:50
A local gallery showcasing the works of celebrated Polish artist Zdzisław Beksiński has attracted over 45 thousand visitors this year, the Polish News Agency PAP has reported.
AA78 by Zdzisław Beksiński, 1978.
"AA78" by Zdzisław Beksiński, 1978.Photo: Zdzisław Beksiński (copyrights inherited by Muzeum Historyczne w Sanoku), CC BY-SA 3.0 , via Wikimedia Commons

The Gallery of Zdzisław Beksiński is located in the Historical Museum in Sanok, the artist’s home town, south-eastern Poland.

Beksiński (b.1929) gained world renown for his fantastical canvases.

He was a self-taught artist and he is most famed for his fantasy paintings, which were at odds with the European avant garde. Nevertheless, he has a cult following both in Poland and abroad. 

The artist known for his gruesome images met a gruesome end in 2005 when he was stabbed to death outside his flat in Warsaw by a 19-year-old man over an incident involving a loan of money.

Beksiński left Sanok in the late seventies, when the communist authorities divided up his family house. However, he left his estate to the town, and Sanok's collection includes thousands of paintings, sketches, reliefs and sculptures. 

See more of Beksiński's works at the museum's website.


Source: PAP