Jerzy Ryszard /Jurry/ Zieliński

Jerzy Ryszard /Jurry/ Zieliński

Born June 1 1943, Kazimierzów
Died March 5 1980, Warsaw

Polish painter, poet, existentialist, and one of the symptomatic and symbolic characters of the Polish totalitarian period. Zielińský combined artistic, social, and political engagements. He used artistic means as a publically shared language. His works were largely influenced by pop-art.


From 1962 to 1968, Jerzy Zieliński studied at the Academy of Fine Arts / Akademii Sztuk Pięknych in Warsaw. He dealt with the art of sculpture under the leadership of Alfred Jesion. However, he actually graduated from the painting studio of Jan Wodyński (1903-1988) and Jan Cybis (1897-1972). From the early 1970’s he also took an interest in scenography.


In 1965, with Jan Dobkowski (1942), he established the Neo-Neo-Neo Group. He classified his works as aism, whose goal was to deliberately question the systematic artistic training and lampoon the proclamations of artistic manifestoes. Zieliński was provocative in texts, where he commented on the artistic world as well as the general social and political situation. The subtitle of the Group was: „znaki drogowe polityczne jegzystencji w PRL"/ "Road signs of the political existence in the PRL (People's Republic of Poland)"


All the Neo-Neo-Neo group's exhibiting activity took place in the last three years of the 1960's. Zielińský presented works which were greatly influenced by the principles of Art Nouveau and Pop-Art. Considering the simplification, strong contours, and harsh colourfulness, his style is reminiscent of current poster typography. He deliberatively chose an approach which corresponded to the social situation of the time


Hot (painting)


In the late 1960's, Zielińský and his friends organized a crucial exhibition which reflected an understanding in the horizons of visual perception, and which was later referred to as the exhibition of spatial forms / form przestrzennych in Polfa workshops in Tarchomiń. Zieliński presented his newest works there: Anaksymander/ Anaximander
Study of Soil
Study of Soil (painting)


At the Informacja - Wyobraźnia–Działanie/ Information – Painting – Action exhibition at the Galeria Współczesné/ Gallery of Contemporary Art, Zieliński presented the Bez buntu/ Without Rebellion painting / object. It was a large canvas depicting a human head with its tongue stuck out and ostentatiously nailed to the base. The spontaneity of expression and the reduction of decorativeness in favour of expression and even ruggedness were typical of Zieliński's late works.


Drop in the Sea
Drop in the Sea (painting)


Jerzy Richard Zieliński died in Warsaw in March 1980. Many colleagues have celebrated his life by memorial paintings (among others Wiesław Szamborski, Po pogrzebie/ After the Funeral, 1980


Galerie Sztuki Współczesnej Zachęta/ The Gallery of Contemporary Art Zachęta in Warsaw held a large retrospective exhibition of the Neo-Neo-Neo group which was also accompanied by a catalogue.


The National Museum in Krakow presented Powrót Jurry'ego/ Jurry's Return


Truth Beauty Goodness. From The Zachęta Collection (group exhibition, Warsaw)
The World Goes Pop (group exhibition, London)

Muzeum umění Olomouc 2011-2021