I don’t want to produce a work of art that the public can sit and suck aesthetically…. I want to give them a blow in the small of the back, to scorch their indifference, to startle them out of their complacency.
Designed by Klaus Voormann for Ringo Starr in 1972
Klaus designed this chess set for Ringo Starr, using all different types of hands for the various figures. There are only five of these original sets in existence. They were cast in sterling silver with one side gold plated. Notice the rings on the bishop, king, and queen.
Klaus’s original wax figures had even more detail than the final cast pieces. He said that the pawn, in particular, he had made to look like a real workman’s hand, with rough skin and broken nails, the flesh of the fingers pushed to one side as it would be just before the finger snaps. Some of this detail was not able to be captured with the casting system used.
Frenzy of Exultations (1893)
Władysław Podkowiński’s best known painting, Frenzy of Exultations (Szał uniesień) was shown at the Zachęta on 18 March 1894. The exhibition was accompanied by an atmosphere of sensationalism and scandal and the painting was violently criticized. The exhibition lasted only 36 days because the terminally ill Podkowinski brought a knife on the 37th day, and slashed his work on display. The reasons for this act are unclear. After his death the painting was eventualling restored.