Large Double Angel (detail) 2014, 65 x 80 x 60 cm, bronze, edition of 6 View full image

Alexander Polzin exhibits at the Musei Vaticani

German sculptor, painter, director, stage and costume designer Alexander Polzin exhibits his sculptures Requiem - (homage to György Kurtág) and Double Angel at the Musei Vaticani. The exhibition runs from 23 October to 7 December 2015. 

The exhibition Forgiveness and Reconciliation; Cardinal Kominek, an unrecognized Father of Europe presents the figure of Bolesław Kominek, archbishop of Wrocław, the author of the letter sent in 1965 by Polish bishops to their German counterparts containing the famous sentence We forgive and we ask for forgiveness, and therefore one of the promotors of Polish-German reconciliation and as such, one of the Fathers of Europe.

For there can be no doubt that without Polish-German reconciliation which paved the way towards recognition by the Federal Republic of Germany of Poland's western frontier on the Oder-Neisse line, the eastward enlargement of the European Union would have ben jeapardised, if not rendered completely impossible. 

The exhibition is built around three acts preceded by a prologue and followed by a final:

  • In the shadow of Hitler: 1939-1945
  • In the shadow of Stalin: 1945-1956
  • A path to reconciliation: 1956-1974

The exhibition is set against a background that is a brief presentation of the events that form a thread of German-Polish history and a European history before, during, and after World War Two.

The axis of the story os the figure of Bolesław Kominek, who was an ordinary part of the history during the Nazi and Communist dictatorships and who became a primary actor of those histories.