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The MOCAK Collection Tours Rome

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Daniel by Paweł Althamer, 2011, photo: MOCAK Museum of Contemporary Art in Krakow
MOCAK Museum of Contemporary Art in Krakow is staging an exhibtion in the MAXXI Museum in Rome. It will include over 50 paintings, photographs, video works and objects created by Paweł Althamer, Sara Lucas, Laura Pawela, Józef Robakowski, Jadwiga Sawicka, Daniel Spoerri and many others.

MOCAK’s collection has over 4,500 works by 235 artists from 32 countries. Works collected since the museum opened in 2011 combines Polish art with world art to show that the former holds to the same values. The organisers write:

The ambition of the collection is convincing audiences who don’t have professional connections with art that it’s a necessary tool to perceive the world. We want to fight those prejudices according to which art should be decorative and pleasant. The main task of the museum is befriending the viewer with art and the collection is the key element in those actions.

The exhibition in Rome will show the canon of Polish contemporary art, represented by artists such as Paweł Althamer, Krzysztof M. Bednarski, Rafał Bujnowski, Tomasz Ciecierski, Andrzej Dłużniewski, Stanisław DróżdżKatarzyna Górna, Zbigniew Libera, Marcin Maciejowski, Bartek Materka, Józef Robakowski, Wilhelm Sasnal, Jadwiga Sawicka and Krzysztof Wodiczko. There will be also foreign artists and artistic groups like AES+F, Reza Aramesh, Josef Dabernig, Maya Gold, Krištof Kintera, Sarah Lucas, Shahar Marcus, Muntean/Rosenblum, Shinji Ogawa and Daniel Spoerri.

The first time MOCAK’s collection was shown outside Poland was during the exhibition Sztuka to Wolność at the Lviv Palace of Arts in 2014.

L’arte differente: MOCAK al MAXXI
MAXXI National Museum of XXI Century Arts, Rome
7th December 2016 – 22nd January 2017
Curator: Maria Anna Potocka

Sources:,, compiled by BR, 17th October 2016

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