Polish Exhibitions Around the World in 2016
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The work of Polish artists is on display around the world this summer. These are some of the most important exhibitions being held in July and August 2016.
Wrocław’s Avant-garde in Zagreb
The exhibition focused on the former German city, in which the Polish avant-garde was born, will be presented at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Zagreb (16.06-15.08.2016). Wild West is organised by the Contemporary Museum in Wrocław and tells not only the story of the art of the city, but also of the city itself as seen through its emerging art. Dorota Monkiewicz, the director of the Contemporary Museum in Wrocław and the commissioner of the exhibition, told Gazeta Wyborcza:
The art scene founded in Wrocław was so strong, that it stood as a point of reference for itself, without the help of the centre. The Polish avant-garde was born in Wrocław. It’s easy to forget, because our narrative is centric. We remember Natalia LL and Stanisław Dróżdż, but forget that they were part of a much larger scene.
Poles in Indonesia
An exhibit of contemporary Polish art – Social Design for Social Living – is on display at the National Gallery of Indonesia (06.30-07.30.2016). It is the product of a long-term collaboration between artist from Indonesia and Poland, initiated by the Centre for Contemporary Art Zamek Ujazdowski in Warsaw. Marianna Dobkowska and Krzysztof Łukomski, the curators of the project, wrote:
Architects, designers, and artists worked on site together with members of the Jatiwangi Art Factory and with the local community in Jatiwangi. The aim of their work is to maintain the local cultural heritage, based on the production of ceramics, the unique values of organic work and artistic activities, and also to establish guidelines for the future. The project team includes members of the Jatiwangi Art Factory alongside Marta Frank (designer of graphics and useful objects that refer to cultural and geographical heritage), Robert Kuśmirowski (visual artist interested in issues of memory, history, and objects associated with place), and Maciej Siuda (architect who is interested in solutions to the problems and needs arising in the community and co-founder of a project to build schools in Haiti).
Wodiczko in Liverpool
Krzysztof Wodiczko was first invited to Liverpool in 2009, when he presented his film depicting soldiers returning home from foreign military operations. In the work – War Veteran Vehicle – the artist interviewed soldiers and their families and friends about veterans’ alienation and their struggle to adapt to life beyond the battlefield.
In 2016, at the invitation of the same institution – FACT (Foundation for Art and Creative Technology) – Wodiczko will stage an exhibition as part of the Liverpool Biennial (09.07-16.10.2016). Curators Raimundas Malašauskas and Francesco Manacorda persuaded Wodiczko to again collaborate with the local veterans with whom he worked on earlier projects.
Views Finalists in Berlin
The Deutsche Bank Kunsthalle and the Polish Institute Berlin will host an exhibition Common Affairs (21.07-30.10.2016), built around the View Competition for young Polish artists, which has been organized since 2003 by Zachęta and Deutsche Bank. The exhibition in Berlin will present a selection of works from all seven editions of the prize. They will include past projects, as well as new works created for the show. Curators Julia Kurz and Stanisław Welbel note:
It not only will be a review of the history of the competition, but will also put forth new questions about the changes that have taken place on the Polish art scene in recent years. The exhibition will examine the relationship between artists, institutions, and spectators.
Oskar Hansen in New Haven
The exhibition Oskar Hansen: Open Forum is dedicated to the work of the architect, urban planner, theorist, and educator associated with Team 10 and the Warsaw Academy of Fine Arts. It will be on view at the Yale School of Architecture in New Haven (August-November 2016). It will trace the evolution of Hansen’s theory of ‘Open Form’ from its origin in his own architectural projects to its use in film, games, and performative actions. Aleksandra Kędziorek of the Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw, the curator of the exhibition, says:
The theory of Open Form denied the hierarchy between the architect and the user and advocated treating architecture as a ‘passe-partout’ for life, open to change and the individual expression of the user. The theory, which Hansen taught in Warsaw, and his student Svein Hatløy taught in Bergen, has been an inspiring point of reference for several generations of Polish and Norwegian architects.
Source: Culture.pl; trans. AGA 29.07.2016
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