Olga Mokrzycka-Grospierre, fot. Izabela Miecznikowska

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18. Olga Mokrzycka-Grospierre, Bear, 2019



The mural expresses the artist’s respect for residential architecture created in former Eastern Bloc countries in the 1960s and 1970s. These modernist-style buildings – often erected in the panel block technology or using other prefabricated elements – usually had a designated spot for decorative elements. These could be mosaics, reliefs, bas-reliefs or murals. The decorations took on different forms, from figurative to abstract, often also alluding to folk motifs.

The building that caught the artist’s eye in Gdańsk’s Siedlce district is located on Wyczółkowskiego St. Olga Mokrzycka-Grospierre wanted to create a painted decoration that would harmonize with its austere form. Entering a game with modernist architecture, the artist decided to employ a motif from her series of paintings Animals, and transfer it onto one of the building’s empty walls.

According to a resident of the house, the empty concrete wall used to be covered in thick ivy. Now, its place has been taken by Bear.


Olga Mokrzycka-Grospierre is a visual artist, author of stage design and costumes for theatre productions as well as drawings and paintings on canvas, wood and concrete. She graduated from the Faculties of Painting (2000) and Stage Design (2003) of the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw. She has collaborated, among others, with Warsaw-based theatres: Nowy, Ateneum and Wytwórnia. She also works in a duo with Nicolas Grospierre (e.g. Mausoleum project in the stand in front of the Palace of Culture in Warsaw, On the Other Side of the Mirror installation in Berger’s Villa in Sopot).




Despite the renewed interest in modernist architecture, many people still value pre-war structures much higher than modernist buildings created after World War II, which still raise a number of aesthetic concerns.

The modernist “cube” – a single-family house in the form of a cuboid – was one of the flagship structures built in the 1970s and 1980s. With their simple forms and flat roofs, these buildings were one of the architectural icons of communist Poland – the “cube” was found in both exclusive residential districts and small towns. Its form was modern and its origins date back to modernist villas from the interwar period.

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18. Olga Mokrzycka-Grospierre, Bear, 2019

wall of the residential building on 16 Leona Wyczółkowskiego St.

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