Kraków Philharmonic Hall installs Metamorphoses
in honor of Krzysztof Penderecki’s 80th Birthday
Saturday, September 28, 2013 – Unveiling ceremony of Anna VanMatre’s Metamorphoses-Water and Metamorphoses-Fire, permanently installed in the Kraków Philharmonic Hall in honor of the 80th birthday of Krzysztof Penderecki. The idea began in 1998 when Anna was absorbed in the composer’s music and was preparing an exhibition in conjunction with one of his concerts. Fascinated by his Violin Concerto #2 (Metamorphosen), she chose this composition as inspiration for her own Metamorphoses.
The components of each seven-panel work are in sequential order, but with interchangeable starting points. Each drawing is meant to be a stand-alone composition, but taken as a whole they represent a dramatic evolution. In addition to the obvious significance of the number seven – days in the week, notes in the diatonic scale, wonders of the world, etc. – the artist was particularly influenced by another of Penderecki’s masterpieces, the Seven Gates of Jerusalem.