In 2019 the Nizio Foundation created an educational and exhibition program MASTER’S MATTER. During the four series of meetings organized we followed the trail of material evolution, exploring past and present uses of fabric, wicker, ceramics, and stone. We asked art historians and critics, antiquarians and collectors, as well as artists and designers of applied art forms to help us conduct expert workshops.



Stone was the last protagonist of our series devoted to materials. It was the culmination of a search for the MASTER’S MATTER – and for good reason.

Hard and strong like the earth’s crust – it is impossible to forget about the materiality of the stone. It is similar with ceramics made from mineral clays or natural fabrics and wicker, which are in fact created from plants growing out of the ground. This is what lies at the heart of the curatorial inquiry – the issue of matter as the building block of everything we come to know through our senses. We experience its beauty by interacting with natural materials and noble creations of human hands.

MASTER’S MATTER | STONE – online events:
May 17, 2021, 10:00 a.m. :
video premiere on YT channel: „Impressions on the Stone Matter. Barbara Falender”

May 20, 2021, 5:00 p.m. :
city stroll “Stone – an artistic material in Warsaw’s public space”. The stroll was led by Jarosław Kaczorowski, a guide specialising in city walks.
May 24,  2021
video premiere on YT channel: “Two chisels. Barbara Falender i Wojciech Pustoła”

May 29, 2021, 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m – event streaming on the Materia Mistrza fanpage:
11:00-11.45 – Blok I:
A meeting with the artist Wojtek Pustola

12:00-12:45 p.m. – Block II:
A conversation with expert Katarzyna Kucharska-Hornung  about stone as a material and the artistic possibilities it offers to creators. Conducted by: Iga Knysak.

13:00-14:00 p.m. – Block III::
Expert lecture delivered by dr Zbigniew Mańkowski “The (un)bearable burden of lost mastership”

MASTER’S MATTER is a program created by the Nizio Foundation “The Creators”. The founder of this organization is the architect and sculptor Mirosław Nizio, owner of the Nizio Design International architectural studio, author of numerous public space projects: museums, historical exhibitions, expositions, memorials, scenography. He is also the founder of the Nizio Gallery which, by co-organizing the Master’s Matter program, provides a new look on the point of contact between tradition and modernity in design.

Organizer: The Nizio Foundation “The Creators”
Curators: Iga Knysak, Karolina Kliszewska
Honorary Patronage: Ilona Soja-Kozłowska, Mayor of Praga-Północ District of Warsaw
Partners: Nizio Interior, Nizio Design International, Studio Bank, Look Inside, Politura&Ska, Zielona Łodyga
Media Patronage: TVP Kultura, Radio Kampus, RDC 98.1 MHz, NÓW. Nowe Rzemiosło, Tygodnik Przegląd, Trendy Art of Living, Praska Ferajna, Projekt Pracownie
Editorial Collaboration: RMF Classic
Project co-financed by the capital city of Warsaw