Paulina Ołowska

Crossword Puzzle with Lady in Black Coat


  • Paulina Ołowska, Crossword Puzzle with Lady in Black Coat, 2009

    Gouache on canvas

    230 x 360 cm

The Edition 46 of the weekly 'Süddeutsche Zeitung Magazin' is designed each year by a renowned contemporary international artist. The issue published on Friday 13 November 2009 has been in the hands of Paulina Ołowska. Parallel to the publication, the Pinakothek der Moderne in Munich opened an exhibition with works from the artist, 13 November 2009 – 14 Februar 2010.

Both group of works for the edition and the exhibition are concentrated on re-arranging and re-constructing of historical facts and art historical references. Paulina Ołowska displayed in her installation for the museum works from classical modernism from the permanent collection and quoted details from such works in her paintings and collages.

For the large painting 'Crossworld Puzzle with Lady in Black Coat' she referred to the 'Lady in Black Coat' from 1927 by German painter George Grosz (1893–1956). It is one of the very few paintings of the artist showing a person from normal course of life. Most of his paintings are depicting drastically and provocatively the decadence of the Bourgeoisie of the Weimarer Republic. The 'unknown passerby' is placed by Paulina Ołowska in a grid structure of a cross word puzzle. Such a structure of vertical and horizontal lines has been identified by Rosalind Krauss in her essay 'Grids' as fundamental for modern art and architecture. In such a way the painting by Paulina Ołowska indicates the role of women as readily to overlock passersby in the construction of history. Furthermore it might show, that the development of Modernism has simply forgotten the average person, such a person, who might find some relief by unravel a cross word puzzle.

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