“Friend of a Friend” (FOAF) project sees eight important and thriving Warsaw contemporary art galleries (BWA Warszawa, Dawid Radziszewski, Foksal Gallery Foundation, LETO, Piktogram, Raster, Stereo, Wschód) sharing their exhibition spaces with international guests. A dialogue with galleries from the Czech Republic, France, Germany, United States, Switzerland and Great Britain lies at the foundation of group shows featuring Polish and international artists.
The idea of “FOAF” refers to London’s “Condo” initiative held since 2016. Based on the principle of friendly collaboration (and not competition, often associated with the art market), the event not only succeeds in establishing an innovative platform to present contemporary art, but also an exchange model that provides an alternative to art fairs.
By bringing this model to Warsaw, “FOAF” offers the local audience the possibility to view works created by international artists (often unexhibited in Poland so far) and compare their achievements with works by their Polish colleagues. In turn, foreign guests (gallerists, artists, as well as collectors, curators and journalists) are given an opportunity to discover the Warsaw art scene.
Invited galleries include SVIT (Prague), Bernhard (Zurich), Lucas Hirsch (Düsseldorf), Antoine Levi (Paris), Future (Berlin), Reserve Ames (Los Angeles), Lomex (New York), Jan Kaps (Cologne), Union Pacific (London), amongst other venues.
“Friend of a Friend”, Opening: 7 – 8 April 2018, Exhibitions run until 28 April. [email protected]
Event co-organised by the Adam Mickiewicz Institute, Wschód Gallery and Stereo Gallery; financial support from the funds of the Culture Department of the City of Warsaw.