Luis Muñoz

Rita Rutkowski


These reproductions are part of the works selected for the exhibition "Rita Rutkowski" held at the Fundación Antonio Gala in Córdoba, from 3 December 2021 to 18 January 2022, curated by Virginia Bersabé and Curro Crespo.

Born in London on March 19, 1932. In 1933, Rita Rutkowski emigrated to the USA together with her family, and spent her childhood and adolescent years in New York City. Driven by her desire of studying advertising, Rutkowski applied for a grant at the Cooper Union, one of the most prestigious colleges of Art on the East coast of the United States and image of the prolific convergence where North American institutional dynamism meets with European talent emigrated as a result of Nazism - especially, the one arising from German Bauhaus tradition. Her painting vocation led her to become an artist.

In 1949 Rutkowski was granted a scholarship by the New York Museum of Modern Art, which allowed her access to in-depth studies on the basic essentials of Art, and later on, display her paintings in a group show in 1950. Thanks to a Fulbright scholarship, Rutkowski was able to travel and settle up in Rome and Venice, where she was closely exposed to trends of the moment. Although she went back to New York City in 1952 and became a teacher at the Brooklyn Museum Academy, finally she moved to Córdoba, where she currently resides.

Rutkowski’s artistic work was exhibited in cities such as New York, Boston, Washington, Rome, Salzburg, Madrid, Vigo, Malaga and Seville, among other places. In 1956, she was awarded the second prize at the Córdoba Provincial Art Contest of Painting and Sculpture and in 1982, also in Córdoba, received the first prize «Pintura sólo para mujeres»

Rarely seen works, works only seen once and works never seen before from Rita Rutkowski (1932). A short but representative collection of one of the longest and most productive artistic careers in our city. The artist emphasizes a sophisticated and rich chromatic discourse as an encounter to take place in time and space.

“I think that artist should be affected by the universe and not want to affect it.... I expect to be inwardly submerged, buried. Perhaps I paint to break out” wrote Paul Klee. According to Maurice Merleau-Ponty, “the painter’s vision is an ongoing birth”.
Rita Rutkowski

The 17 pieces do not pretend to be nothing more than this; 17 epiphanies, 17 representations of the world and its reality into painting. That is art. Absolutly. Nothing else. That is painting.

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