The artist takes the exacting, repetitive forms of the Museum Abteiberg and adjusts their ambiance to create a contemplative, inviting place where nature has made its mark, with vines reach into the gallery space through the windows.
Promotional photo courtesy of Museum Abeiberg
Inspired by the interiors of the Museum Abeiberg itself, the Polish artist takes the architectural scope of the space as a starting point for creating vibrant, highly individualised spaces
For her first solo show in Germany, Polish artist Katarzyna Przezwańska has built her exhibition around the museum space and the architectural forms designed by Hans Hollein. She takes these spaces and fills them with organic, natural elements. A major element of her practice is colour, typically associated with the non-European cultures, carrying the connotation of that which is feminine, oriental, primitive, infantile or vulgar. She counters the marginalisation of colour and organic forms with a project that uses colour as a mental construct capable or restoring order.
Katarzyna Przezwańska takes the exacting, repetitive forms of the Museum Abteiberg and adjusts their ambiance to create a contemplative, inviting place where nature has made its mark, with vines reach into the gallery space through the windows.
The project was conceived during the artist’s recent residency in Brazil. It does not directly refer to the architecture of the Abteiberg Museum, yet it takes on the subject of architecture and design as a whole and refers these ideas back to nature and the organic forms of the outside world.
Katarzyna Przezwańska (born 1984) lives and works in Warsaw. She studied painting at the Warsaw Academy of Fine Arts, under Jarosław Modzelewski. Her group exhibitions and projects to date include a series of interventions in Bródno Park, produced by the Warsaw Museum of Modern Art in 2010. She has shown her works at Galerie Kolonie in Warsaw; and hosted a show entitled Wrzeciono 5 m. 145 in her own apartment, 2009. The Fundação Armando Alvares Penteado (FAAP/ Foundation) in Sao Paulo, Brazil, granted the artist a studio scholarship/artist’s residency for 2012. She is represented by the Kolonie Gallery in Warsaw, who distinguish her approach to modernism as constrasting to that of her predecessors as she "no longer sees modernism as aesthetic fetishism, the picturesque ruins of a fallen utopia". Her works, rather, rever to "modernism in its heroic period, still filled with optimism, hope and... sunny colors".
The exhibition at the Museum Abeiberg, curated by Agnieszka Skolimowska, is part of the curator's placement at the museum within the framework of the Robert Bosch Scholarship for Cultural Managers from Central and Eastern Europe. The exhibition was realised with the generous support of the Robert Bosch Foundation the Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen (ifa) and the Adam Mickiewicz Institute within the framework of the Klopsztanga cultural programme promoting Poland across Germany in 2012.
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Editor: Agnieszka Le Nart
Source: Press release