My Name is Maryan

My Name is Maryan

Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami

Now - Oct 2, 2022
During regular museum hours.

Recurring weekly on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday through Oct 2, 2022


The Museum of Contemporary Art North Miami is pleased to announce its forthcoming exhibition My Name is Maryan—a monographic presentation of four decades of paintings, sculptures, drawings and film by the iconoclastic, ground-breaking Polish-born artist Maryan. The exhibition opens to the public on November 17, 2021, and will remain on view until March 20, 2022. The exhibition reception will take place on December 2, in conjunction with Miami Art Week.

Drawing upon new scholarship and a trove of never-before-exhibited works from the artist’s estate, My Name is Maryan will be the first retrospective to holistically examine all periods of Maryan’s life and work. Throughout the museum, Maryan’s extraordinary biography and prolific oeuvre represent a deeply moving monument to the perseverance of the human spirit and power of art to work through traumatic loss. Credited as being among the first artist-eyewitnesses to directly depict their experiences of the Shoah, Maryan’s unique approach to figurative art strove to solidarity across cultures and generations.

My Name Is Maryan inserts this complex oeuvre into a larger narrative of postwar European and American art history. The exhibition takes Maryan’s act of renaming himself as more than a gesture of self-definition; through it, Maryan forges a defiant yet questioning form of humanism that he dubbed “truth-painting” (peinture-vérité). The exhibition restores Maryan’s rightful place in postwar art history—not only chronicling the work of an overlooked artist, but directly linking him to a larger context of his like-minded European and American contemporaries. Throughout the galleries, Maryan’s oeuvre will be juxtaposed with works by artists such as Asger Jorn, Eugène Brands, Karel Appel, and other members of the CoBrA group; as well as American artists such as H.C. Westermann, Leon Golub, and June Leaf. The first holistic exploration of Maryan’s inspiring and defiant life and work, My Name Is Maryan seeks to build kinship with Maryan’s story and Miami’s diverse and thriving immigrant community.

The exhibition will be accompanied by a robust series of education and public programming in partnership with national organizations such as the Human Rights Watch, and feature additional reflections from the arts and local community: Curator and art historian Dr. Erica Moiah James (University of Miami), Holocaust scholar Oren Baruch Stier (Florida International University), and curator and filmmaker Leah Gordon.The exhibition will also be activated throughout Miami Art Week. 

Extended hours for Miami Art Week: Sun-Tues: 10 am-5 pm, Wed: 10 am-7 pm, Thurs: 10 am-5 pm (Open Hours), 6pm-8pm (VIP Reception by invitation), 8pm-10pm (Public Reception)  Fri-Sat: 10 am - 5 pm

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