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Polish Art in São Paulo

Parque Ibirapuera
São Paulo
Wilhelm Sasnal, "Kacper i Anka", 2009, olej na płótnie, 180 x 220 cm, kolekcja prywatna, Londyn., fot. Whitechapel Gallery
Wilhelm Sasnal, Kacper i Anka, 2009, oil on canvas, 180 x 220 cm, private collection, London., photo courtesy of Whitechapel Gallery

Works by Wilhelm Sasnal, Edward Krasiński and Agnieszka Piksa will be showcased at the 31st International São Paulo Biennial. 

The international curatorial team consists of Galit Eilat, Nuria Enguita Mayo, Pablo Lafuente and Oren Sagiv, and is headed by Charles Esche, director of the Van Abbemuseum in Eindhoven, the Netherlands. They focused on art in its current context instead of the narrative of art from the past to the present, so typical of museums.

A biennial has to reflect the urgency of the moment. The solutions have to be spontaneous and temporary, have to be thought out on the spot, rather than planned with curatorial genius,

said Esche in an interview for With such a context in mind, works by Polish artists were included in the biennial collection.

Agnieszka Piksa, plansze z komiksu "Justice for Aliens", fot. materiały prasowe
Agnieszka Piksa, Justice for Aliens; photo: press materials

Warsaw-born Agnieszka Piksa is an illustrator, comic artist and graduate of Krakow's Academy of Fine Art. Her work Justice for Aliens is a comic book in the style of a small-format fanzine. The work is a compilation of old and new stories from several writers and poets. Comical and expressive collages and illustrations drawing on aliens, fantasies and visions depict the perception of the world in other dimensions. 

Edward Krasiński will also be present at the biennial. His work has been described as complex, ephemeral and elusive, as the focal aspect of Krasiński’s artistic output was the artist’s life as such, as well as his creative attitude towards reality expressed through life in art. He created a series of installations constructed from painted wooden blocks and metal rods. His Spears series produced a sense of movement – simple and trivial objects juxtaposed in unexpectedly plain arrangements resemble the flow of geometric graphs, coming close to formal minimalism. Apart from his early 60s installations, this year’s biennial will showcase photographs of the artist himself.

Last but not least, Wilhelm Sasnal will be presented through a series of six paintings which don’t, however, form a coherent piece. They depict moments taken out of the course of history: the Capitol Building amidst an abstract landscape, mysterious characters climbing millennial trees, Christopher Columbus’ grave.

The Sao Paulo Biennial is the second oldest art biennial in the world, first held in 1951. This year's edition, titled How to (…) things that don’t exist, opens on 6th September. 

source: press materials,,, edited by km

Translated by Kasia Dolato, September 2014


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