8.10.2022 - 16.10.2022 News

Allies for Art: Work from NATO-related countries

October 8-16, 2022

browngrotta arts
276 Ridgefield Road
Wilton, CT 06897


This event is recommended by the Polish Cultural Institute New York.

The exhibition features nearly 50 artists and highlights work from 20 countries in Eastern and Western Europe, 17 countries in NATO and the three current applicants.

16wc Proverbs V, Wlodzimierz Cygan, wool, sisal, 73″ x 49.25″, 2005

Political instability can bring about unexpected and engaging art. It can influence an individual artist’s career for a lifetime. The current upheaval in the Ukraine and the security concerns of neighboring European countries suggests echoes experiences of artists exhibited by browngrotta arts who have lived in, fled, or emigrated from repressive regimes. It weighs, too, on the minds of those working in the surrounding nations. German artist, Heidrun Schimmel says that living in a country, united and secure in NATO since 1989, “its now hard for us to learn: … everything is hanging by a thread…”

6zb Rocks, Zofia Butrymowicz, wool, 46″ x 68”, 1985

The nearly 50 artists in the exhibition reflect diverse perspectives and experiences. Allies for Art: Work from NATO-related Countries will include art created under occupation, in the ‘60s, ‘70s and ‘80s, art by those who left Hungary, Romania and Spain while occupied, and art by other artists who left Russia in later years. Gyöngy Laky’s family, for example, escaped from Soviet-occupied Hungary after World War II — to Austria, then America, experiences that are reflected in her politically themed works. Adela Akers’ family left Franco’s Spain, first for Cuba, then to the US. In the 1960s and early 1970s, Ritzi Jacobi’s expressive work in tapestry, abstract by nature, allowed her to circumvent the Romanian government’s preference for academic, figurative art which supported communist ideology.

Refleksy, Jolanta Banaszkiewicz, flax and wool, 48″ x 50″

Other artists in the exhibition from Eastern Europe, including Jolanta Owidzka, Zofia Butrymowicz, Anna Urbanowicz-Krowacka, and Krystyna Wojtyna-Drouet of Poland and Luba Krejci and Jan Hladik of Czechoslovakia, were introduced to US audiences in the 1960s through 1980s by Chicago gallerists Jacques and Anne Baruch who spirited their work out of countries under oppressive regimes. On August 20, 1968, for example, the Baruchs left Prague after meeting with artists, just five hours before Soviet tanks rolled into the city and brutally ended a brief period of democratic reforms. Allies for Art: Work from NATO-related Countries will also include works created by artists currently working in Europe, including Gudrun Pagter of Denmark, Åse Ljones of Norway, Włodmierz Cygan of Poland and, artists new to browngrotta arts, including Esmé Hofman of the Netherlands, Anneke Klein of Denmark, and Baiba Osite of Latvia.

2jo River, Jolanta Owidzka, linen, sisal, wool, anilana, 61″ x 80″, 1978

The exhibition will be accompanied by a full-color catalog, which will include an essay by Kate Bonansinga, Director, School of Art, College of Design, Architec- ture, Art, and Planning at the University of Cincinnati, Ohio.


Akers, Adela (SP/US), Balsgaard, Jane (DK), Banaszkiewicz, Jolanta (PL), Bijlenga, Marian (NE), Birkkjær, Birgit (DK), Butrymowicz, Zofia (PL), Cygan, Wlodzimierz (PL), Georgieva, Ceca (BG), Hals, Gertrud NO), Henriksen, Ane (NE), Hladik, Jan (CZ), Hobin, Agneta (FI), Hofman, Esmé (NE), Jacobi, Ritzi and Peter (RO/DE), Jacques, Stéphanie (BE), Jonsdotter, Kristin (IS), Kaufmann, Ruth (DE/US), Kemp, Marianne (NE), Klancic, Anda (SI), Klein, Anneke (NE), Kolesnikova, Irina (RU/DE), Kosonen, Markku (FI), Krejci, Luba (CZ), Kulka, Lila (PL), Laky, Gyöngy (HU/US), Leendertse, Jeannet (NE/US), Ljones, Åse (NO), Luzzi, Federica (IT), Mackie, Aby (SP), Max, Rachel (UK), Olsson, Mia (SE), Osite, Baiba(LV), Owidzka, Jolanta (PL), Pagter, Gudrun (DK), Pheulpin, Simone (FR), Rage, Lija (LV), Russmeyer, Axel (DE), Ruszczynska-Szafranska, Agnieszka (PL), Sadley, Wojciech (PL), Schimmel, Heidrun (DE), Sørensen, Grethe (DK), Stoyanov, Alexsandra (UA/IL), Urbanowicz-Krowacka, Anna (PL), Vargö, Eva (SE), Vicente, Mercedes (SP), Vikman, Ulla Maija (FI), Warburton, Gizella (UK), Winqvist, Merja (FI), Wittrock, Grethe (DK), Wojtyna-Drouet, Krystyna(PL).

Gallery Dates/Hours:

Saturday, October 8th: 11AM to 6PM [Opening & Artist Reception](40 visitors/ hour)
Sunday, October 9th: 11AM to 6 PM (40 visitors/ hour)
Monday, October 10th – Friday, October 14th: 10AM to 5PM 
Saturday, October 15th: 10AM to 4PM 
4PM – 7PM | Art for a Cause – Event to benefit World Affairs Forum
Sunday, October 16th: 11AM to 6PM [Final Day] (40 visitors/ hour)

About browngrotta arts

Founded in 1987 in Wilton, Connecticut, browngrotta arts showcases unique sculptural and mixed media works with an emphasis on concept, supported by technique. Much of the focus of the work is on the materials. Technical mastery of the artist as intrinsic to the significance of the work, prioritizing aesthetic value over utility. Museum-quality artworks by more than 100 international artists are represented through art catalogs, art fairs, co-partnered exhibits at museums, retail spaces, and an online gallery.

browngrotta arts has published 54 art catalogs and placed works in private and corporate collections in the US and abroad, including the permanent collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Museum of Arts and Design, Art Institute of Chicago, Philadelphia Museum of Art, and the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian Museum. The owners, Tom Grotta and Rhonda Brown, also regularly work with architects and interior designers offering consultation for commissioned artworks and site-specific installation for commercial and residential spaces.

A selection of works is on view and available for sales inquiries at browngrotta.com.

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