"The State of Life: Contemporary Polish Art within the Global Circumstance"

"State of Life" is an attempt to communicate the Polish experience to recipients from a different culture. The exhibition’s point of departure is the idea that the experience of a community living in a specific place and a specific culture can be transmitted using the language of art, thus becoming accessible for those who haven’t personally participated in it.

Presenting Polish art at the National Art Museum of China, State of Life aims to reflect the complex balance of forces and tensions shaping reality in today’s Poland as it undergoes modernization and globalization processes. The exhibition raises questions about what the Polish articulation of living through culture and art can contribute to global art, a heir of avant-garde, abstract, and conceptual traditions, as well as to globalized culture.
The exhibition features some 70 works by artists who concern themselves with the present-day situation in Poland yet work in a truly global vein. It is precisely the achievements of artists from generations enjoying full access to participation in global culture that the exhibition presents in the widest selection.
One of the show’s main themes is a reflection on the Polish landscape, both natural and urban, and social structures. Another is how subjectivity is shaped in Polish culture, and the key tropes here include personality formation, relations with other individuals, or the work of affects and memory.
In the context of these themes, the exhibition also presents selected works from the history of Polish modern art, e.g. by Władysław Strzemiński, Katarzyna Kobro, Andrzej Wróblewski, Ewa Partum, Tadeusz Kantor, or Alina Szapocznikow. These works too are shown through the lens not so much of history as of their present-day significance.
The exhibition aims to exploit to the fullest the intercultural cooperation facilitated by the development of global art. This is a different mode than an international cooperation consisting in the exchange of ideas or goods between cultures according to a hierarchy formulated by the political/economic center. In the context of such relations, State of Life asks important questions about the contemporary form of Polishness and the possibility of its globalization.

Following works from the collection of the Foundation will be presented at the exhibition:

Wilhelm Sasnal "Untitled (The Moon)" 2000, oil on canvas, 60x80 cm
Jerzy Nowosielski "Untitled (sign. XIII/XV) blue abstraction" 1997, serigraphy on paper, 89 x 74 cm
Grzegorz Sztwiertnia "The Painter's Eye" 2005, oil on canvas, 40x40 cm
Edward Dwurnik "Plac Trzech Krzyży" 2002, watercolour on paper, 45x54 cm
Zofia Kulik "Self-Magnificence IIIb" 1997, black and white multiple exposure photograph, 182x152cm
Rafał Bujnowski "Graboszyce" 2002, oil on canvas, 75x88,5 cm
Rafał Bujnowski "Graboszyce" 2002, oil on canvas, 51x58 cm
Rafał Bujnowski "Graboszyce" 2002, oil on canvas , 60x80 cm
Robert Maciejuk "Untitled (Colargol)", 2002/2003, oil on canvas, 81x100 cm
Aneta Grzeszykowska, Jan Smaga "Plac Inwalidów" 2003, colour photography, 130x180 cm
Jakub Julian Ziółkowski "Untitled" 2008, oil on canvas, 50x70 cm
Jakub Julian Ziółkowski "Untitled", 2008, oil on canvas, 45x65 cm
Michał Budny "Urban Composition", 2007,  3 sculptures, cardboard, acrylic paint, 43x43x35 cm, 43x34,5x35 cm, 55x31x32 cm
Piotr Janas "Hair, Shoulder, Frame", 2010, oil on canvas, 120x85 cm
Zbigniew Libera "La Vue" 2004, c-print, 100x150 cm

artists: Paweł Althamer, Ewa Axelrad, Mirosław Bałka, Wojciech Bąkowski, Michał Budny, Rafał Bujnowski, Olaf Brzeski, Marek Chlanda, Tomasz Ciecierski, Edward Dwurnik, Nicolas Grospierre, Aneta Grzeszykowska, Piotr Janas, Łukasz Jastrubczak, Adam Jastrzębski, Ewa Juszkiewicz, Agnieszka Kalinowska, Tadeusz Kantor, Leszek Knaflewski, Katarzyna Kobro, Tomasz Kozak, Katarzyna Kozyra, Zofia Kulik, Kamil Kuskowski, Norman Leto, Zbigniew Libera, Robert Maciejuk, Jan Manski, Angelika Markul, Anna Molska, Magdalena Moskwa, Jerzy Nowosielski, Roman Opałka, Ewa Partum, Włodzimierz Pawlak, Zbigniew Rogalski, Tadeusz Rolke, Zofia Rydet, Wilhelm Sasnal, Jan Simon, Aleksandra Ska, Łukasz Skąpski, Jan Smaga, Mikołaj Smoczyński, Magdalena Starska, Władysław Strzemiński, Alina Szapocznikow, Radek Szlaga, Leon Tarasewicz, Andrzej Wasilewski, Julita Wójcik, Andrzej Wróblewski, Monika Zawadzki, Jakub Julian Ziółkowski, Zorka Projekt

curator: Jarosław Lubiak
National Art Museum of China, Beijing
May 11 – June 24, 2015
Exhibition organized by Muzeum Sztuki, Łódź and Culture.pl

Source: Muzeum Sztuki, Łódź


    The show has been staged to celebrate the fifteenth anniversary of the ING Polish Art Foundation in collaboration with the team of the Zachęta — National Gallery of Art.

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