Changes, changes, changes. The projects for the programme of exhibitions were highly interesting and for that reason, in spite of a series of repairs and remodelling inside the building itself, we decided to follow through with the programme in its entirety. Two historic exhibitions provided significant reviews of important phenomena in the history of, but not exclusive to, Polish art: Art Everywhere. The Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw — was the story of the beginnings of the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw and simultaneously of the birth of a new iconography documenting the revival of statehood; and Beyond Corrupted Eye.
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Changes, changes, changes. The projects for the programme of exhibitions were highly interesting and for that reason, in spite of a series of repairs and remodelling inside the building itself, we decided to follow through with the programme in its entirety. Two historic exhibitions provided significant reviews of important phenomena in the history of, but not exclusive to, Polish art: Art Everywhere.
The Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw — was the story of the beginnings of the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw and simultaneously of the birth of a new iconography documenting the revival of statehood; and Beyond Corrupted Eye. We presented an exhibition of the internationally acclaimed painter Marlene Dumas, work by whom also enriched our collection. We showed curatorial interpretations of new phenomena in art the exhibitions New Sculpture? All this, and more, we presented in constantly changing spaces — the visitors had to get used to a shrunken bookshop, restricted passages, and new temporary pathways.
We apologise again for any inconvenience thus caused! Among other important events we can count: the launching of the portal OtwartaZacheta. Erase Boards Kordegarda Project The Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw — Transform Me ZPR. Akumulatory 2 Gallery, — Think Crazy. Hamlet Lavastida. Jose Eduardo Yaque Llorente. Fragmentos ZPR. Wolfgang Tillmans. In the s, Tillmans came to the fore with works that included snapshot portraits of young people he knew and, more characteristically, representatives of different subcultures.
The artist won international acclaim in when he became the first non-British artist and photographer to be awarded the prestigious Turner Prize. Tillmans is constantly expanding his scope of interest, which grew to include portraits, interiors, landscapes, still lives and abstract photography. The artist also explores the process of photographing — investigating the boundaries of the medium and experimenting with their display, combining various kinds and formats of photographs as well as a variety of materials.
In this way, Tillmans not only developed a new photographic language, but also new original ways of presentation in which his works and collages are arranged into extraordinary installations. The artist approaches the exhibition space as a whole, using his works to divide it into sections. In doing so, he focuses on the painterly and sculptural character of his pieces, as well as the way they become part of the exhibition architecture.
Included in the show are abstract photographs from both the Paper Drops and Freischwimmer series, a selection of Tillmans recent works titled Weltbilder, as well as five videos.
Additionally the exhibition features a table top installation Truth Study Centre a quasi-archive of documents with press clippings, photocopies, offset prints and leaflets.
Centrala is a collective working in the field of architecture, interior design, urban planning and criticism. Aside from architectural and urban designs, the group has been developing art projects that are a vehicle for critical statements concerning local space. The interplay of themes and the display in the exhibition were conceived to resemble the neuron structure of human brain which, in turn, was a reference to the way the members of Centrala perceive urban space, as well as their diverse approaches and characters.
Goshka Macuga. She develops complex projects based on archive, historical, and scientific material, films, photographs, objects, sculptures, installation, architecture, art history, tapestries, as well as her own works and those of other artists.
Placing them in a new context, Macuga combines past facts with topical issues and present-day reality, highlighting affinities and connections, revealing that which might pass unnoticed or be repressed.
She belongs to a group of artists who draw on the formal tradition of Western and American Modernism. While often minimal in form, her exhibitions hold multiple layers of meaning and do not easily lend themselves to identification, leaving ample room for interpretation.
For many years now Goshka Macuga has been pursuing her own methodology, unique in comparison to the practice of other contemporary artists, and reminiscent of certain artistic strategies from the past like those of Marcel Broodthaers. Developing new works, or exhibitions that become exhibits in themselves, Macuga frequently begins with the history of their sites: researching the collections of hosting institutions, the biographies and oeuvres of other artists, as well as establishing direct collaborations with them.
At the heart of the project is the theme of censorship in Polish art after , and the attacks levelled at artworks, artists, curators, directors, and institutions. Working on the project, Macuga adopted her already typical method of delving into the archives of the hosting institution. Apart from a metre long display with a rich selection of press clippings, documents, letters, and emails the exhibition featured lithographs, screen-prints, a monumental sculpture and a photographic tapestry.
Photo courtesy by the artist. The exhibition exposed the mechanisms through which the gallery operates, revealing processes that are at play during the preparation and running of a show.
Removed from its original context, the phrase defines what seems to be an ideal viewer, one who hardly ever misses a show. On the other hand, this may not be the case as we are still dealing with a spectator rather than participant — a person who might not be making any choices, incapable of genuine involvement, who has made gallery going a habit.
The curators also wanted to use this project to see how the gallery is seen by artists. They are an exceptional audience group — active as artists and participants on the one hand, and potentially passive as visitors on the other. This was the reason for announcing an open call inviting artists to submit their artworks and projects.
Selected works came together to form an image of the gallery and its public. Aliona van der Horst, Netherlands, , 73 min [documentary], House of Wax, dir. Peter Hewitt, USA, , 90 min. History was also evoked by a sentimental journey undertaken in a film by Joanna Rajkowska, an artist with roots partly from Warsaw. Contemporary Art and Seniors series, moderator: Alicja Korpysz.
Her larger or smaller sometimes miniature interventions in public space indicate a flair for social activism. However, in her practice there is hardly any sense of a desire for introducing radical changes to the spaces that surround her or the way they are perceived.
Rather, the artist takes note of a seemingly insignificant detail which, when slightly shifted or altered, turns out ultimately to have quite a significant impact on the surroundings or becomes a subtle, ironic social commentary. In the works specially created for the exhibition in the Kordegarda Project: Birds and Blind Spot, alongside the spatial context, an important factor was equally the temporal one. The project served as an ironic comment on the changes occurring in the architecture of Polish cities, interpreting them also in a wider context, as a symbolic illustration of the functioning of public life in Poland.
This is a tale of ordinary people, their friends and family, and the world in which they live. We observe the everyday life of representatives of the generation of thirty-somethings that the photographer has been a witness to over the course of the last six years. The series 7 Rooms is composed of six stories whose heroes come from various parts of the former Soviet Union.
Gala lived in Yekaterinburg, but then emigrated with her family to France. Sasha and Nastya from Yekaterinburg live in their own world, not making any concessions to the world around them.
Lena is a Kazakh with Russian roots, an immunologist living in Moscow. Vasya is from a village near to Yekaterinburg. During the day he looks after his young daughter, while by night, under the pseudonym of Panikchida, he is a star of the local drag queen scene.
The seventh room of the title is above all dedicated to the reports of Svetlana Alexievitch, in other words to the metaphorical baggage of the generation born in the USSR. The entrance to the exhibition was a multimedia installation showing each of the characters in their surroundings: at home, at work, on their housing estate or in the city. The author tells the private stories of people whose lives have unfolded together with the end of the Soviet Union.
The broadening of 7 Rooms to include the motif of memory and the juxtaposition of contemporary history with a history that is still very recent opened the possibility of a better understanding of Russians. A Film about Oleg Videnin, dir. Doubly Regained Territories. Over forty artists invited to participate in the event projected and then, in collaboration with technicians and workers from the local Zamech Mechanical Works, produced several dozen enormous, metal spatial forms.
Many of them to this day stand in the space of the town. The press and not only the art press announced the birth of a true union between artists and workers, the artists obtaining the possibility to experiment on a huge scale, the Zamech Works earning the title of a patron of the arts, and the city with its complicated past establishing a successive element in the building of its new history and Polish identity.
Although it takes place in Warsaw, its heroes are not monuments, historical buildings or spectacular events — but inhabitants. The artist transforms himself into an animator, journalist and organizer. Most of the photographs were taken in Upper Silesia where the artist lives. Does art really have an impact on it? The exhibition dealt with the relations between contemporary sculpture and modernism: a concept here understood as the striving towards modernity observable in art from the s to the s.
The common denominator for the sculptures selected at the exhibition was their reference to such modernist tendencies as the rejection of ornamentation in the name of a simplification and purity of forms and constructions, as well as concentration on the value of material and the function of an object.
The underlying conceptions of modernism have long been of interest to artistic circles not just on account of their historical import, but also a sense of a still untapped potential. Modernism has a huge influence over current art and, even though it is a historical phenomenon, for many it remains a live one.
Artists submit it to revision, transform it, enter into dialogue with it or simply draw inspiration from its formal language. Particularly over recent years, the debate about modernism has taken a new turn. The founding principles of modernity have captured the attention of researchers, architects, and critics, who have ventured to explore it in academic papers and critical reflection. Starting from the supposition that the beginning of the 21st century saw the end of postmodernism, they set out to identify its potential successor.
Some, like Nicolas Bourriaud, pronounced the birth of a new strain of modernism — altermodernism, that stems from the specific character of the current global changes to which artists react. The New Sculpture? The sculptures, objects and installations here served as a pretext for an investigation of artistic reactions towards the traditions of modernism, such as classic modernist design, comparing the old and the new and identifying points of interaction.
The exhibition posed a question about the form of new sculpture and the language employed by artists. Is it the same formal language, or has it perhaps been modified in response to contemporary artistic phenomena and individual practices? What is it that attracts artists to modernism, and how do they draw on this tradition? The exhibition not only focused on highlighting affinities and identifying a familiar language in contemporary practices; rather, it also sought to demonstrate how this very language is being transformed and challenged, and the ways in which its forms are differentiated in contemporary sculpture.
Travelling, however, was a point of departure, a background and a metaphor for the featured works. Commuting to work or school, or going to meet someone is also an instance of travel. Wilhelm Sasnal similarly focuses in his paintings on capturing the most personal, ephemeral, and seemingly unimportant that he encounters on his way. Travelling often evokes a sense of nostalgia. In search of emotions, they visited Turkey, Georgia, Ukraine and Romania, places that are geographically, culturally and aesthetically diverse.
The artists, in the vein of two traveler-documentalists, explored places and stories without a preconceived scenario, thus giving the exhibition a sociological and anthropological character.
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