Katarzyna Kobro Awards Ceremony
The Katarzyna Kobro Prize is awarded to artists for their contribution to creative intellectual exchange and for their progressive and exploratory stance. This year's recipient is Jürgen Blum-Kwiatkowski.
Jürgen Blum-Kwiatkowski (born 1930) began his career in the arts in the 1950s. He was the co-founder and leader of the "Red Tavern" Young Intelligentsia Club in Elblag (1956-61), initiator and manager of the El Gallery and Art Laboratory in Elblag (1961-74), and the initiator and curator of the Biennial of Spatial Forms in Elblag (five editions between 1965 and 1973), which were accompanied by symposiums and exhibitions of exploratory art. Blum-Kwiatkowski has been living in Germany since 1974, where he continues to pursue his "stationist" idea of art, creating so-called Art Stations at various sites (in Cornberg Monastery, Rittershain Castle, in Hunfeld, Fulda, Bad Hersfeld, Kleinsaussen, and other sites). Since 1975 he has headed the Free Academy of Art in Hunfeld, a city where fifteen years later he created the Museum of Modern Art, which has an international profile and brings together artists with a Constructivist pedigree. In 1993 he founded the "Forum of Concrete Art" Artists' Museum in Erfurt and the Museum of Reductive Art in Swierardow Zdroj. One of Jürgen Blum-Kwiatkowski's most recent projects was titled "Open Book," which consisted of creating an international collection of visual poetry inscribed on the exterior walls of buildings in the town of Hunfeld, where the artist lives and works.
During the first part of his creative career, in the 1950s, Jürgen Blum-Kwiatkowski painted textural compositions that incorporated foreign matter and were very much akin to Informel art. In the 1960s, influenced by Constructivism, he began to create geometric forms in various metals, coming close to implementing Casimir Malevich's principles of reduced form and the creation of "constellations of temporary energy." According to Blum-Kwiatkowski, art is that area between the work and the viewer or the viewer's response to a given work. Art resides in the "field of tension" that arises between an artwork and the manner in which it is read or felt. The task of the artist is to provoke feelings in viewers and cause them to reflect more deeply on reality. Works exist neither to neither annex nor describe space but to generate an appropriate level of consciousness among viewers, a consciousness that allows the artist himself to create.
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