09.03.2024 — 09.03.2025

Remembering a master

Adolf Ryszka


His works are simultaneously monumental and intimate. They carry an extraordinarily emotional charge, whilst remaining mysterious and poetic. Ryszka had unparelled workshop skills, a strong understanding of form and an exceptional respect for the medium he created in. An important yet, little-known part of Ryszka’s artistic activities are his gouaches, watercolours, drawings and prints. All executed with great tenderness. Ryszka was a key influence to many outstanding artists, and his independence and individuality made his creative output consistently impervious  to the passage of time.

The exhibition presented at Rzeczna Art Gallery, has been designed to allow the viewer to immerse themselves in the world of Adolf Ryszka, learn about his diverse artistic achievements and appreciate the importance of the sculptor for not only Polish but global art as a whole. The exhibition includes works representing different stages of the artist’s career and the major undertaken themes, which are arranged in the form of cycles. Each cycle is represented by a select group of sculptures, diverse in form and materials.

The aim of this exhibition is to show the mastery of the sculptor’s craft. Showcasing his unparalleled skills, imagination and sensitivity. As well as the outdoor aspects of these objects created by Adolf Ryszka during sculpture symposiums. Resulting in monumental works that remain in a symbiosis with nature, bringing a new quality to their intimate relationship with the landscape.

About the artist

Prof. Adolf Ryszka was born on 5.02.1935 in Popielów near Rybnik, and lived until 28.04.1995. From 1953 to 1957 he was a student at the High School of Fine Arts and Technology in Zakopane. Then, from 1957 to 1962, he studied at the Department of Sculpture of the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw in the atelier of Professor Jerzy Jarnuszkiewicz. From 1965 he was a member of the Association of Polish Artists and Designers (ZPAP), and from 1970 a member of the European Sculpture Symposium, also being on the Board of this association. In 1980-1982, he was chairman of the Art Council of the Sculpture Section of the ZPAP Main Board. From 1983, he headed the Department of Sculpture at the Faculty of Fine Arts of the Nicolaus Copernicus University in Toruń. He was awarded the title of professor in March 1995. A participant of individual and collective exhibitions, sculpture symposiums, creator of monuments and recipient of many awards. He continues to live on in his many works which are on display in galleries, museums and private collections.

Curatorial text: Dr Jarosław Pajek, Centre of Polish Sculpture in Orońsko.



09.03.2024 — 09.03.2025


Rzeczna Art Gallery
The Rybnik Centre for Art Education
Rzeczna 1 street, 44-200 Rybnik


± 2 hour/s:


dr Jarosław Pajek


Centrum Rzeźby Polskiej w Orońsku


Rzeczna Art Gallery | P.W TK-BUD Michael Tkocz | Teatr Ziemi Rybnickiej |

Adolf Ryszka’s works are the property of Anna Ryszka-Zalewska. Rzeczna Art Gallery expresses its gratitude to the Master’s heir for the kindness shown while working on this exhibition

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