Zbigniew Dłubak, Stadion '55

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Height (cm) 18
Width (cm) 13
Spine (cm) 1
Text Grzegorz Piątek, Karolina Lewandowska
Design Marta Przybyło-Ibadullajev
Translation Krzysztof Kościuczuk
Language Polish / English
Pages 96
Year of Publication 2012
Published by: Fundacja Archeologia Fotografii, Kordegrda / National Centre for Culture

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When the construction of the 10th-Anniversary Stadium began in 1954, it was already clear that it had to be completed within just one year. The arena was to be ready for the official celebration of the anniversary of the People’s Republic of Poland and the International Youth Festival. From the very beginning, the stadium was an important cog in the state’s propaganda machine, becoming one of the architectural highlights of the mid-1950s.

The construction involved outstanding architects as well as artists commissioned to create decorative elements. Among the latter were artists from the newly founded Group 55 whose task was to design a ceramic frieze for the sports ground. It was most likely for that reason that Marian Bogusz and Zbigniew Dłubak found themselves at the construction site in the spring of 1955. On that occasion Dłubak took over 30 photographs vividly capturing the ongoing work.

The photographs remained in the artist’s archive for decades, only to be discovered again in 2009, in the course of research on Dłubak’s oeuvre conducted by the Archeology of Photography Foundation.