Looking at Brandt
Grzegorz Rogala and students: Adrian Bender, Bożena Czech, Janusz Dembiński, Konrad Dylski, Elżbieta Dziura, Łukasz Kuźma, Marta Leydy, Sylwia Mazurek, Barbara Olszewska, Katarzyna Podogrodzka, Rafał Rossakiewicz, Daniel Sierzchuła, Kamil Winczewski, Wojciech Wodzisławski, Natalia Zdunek
Curator: Eulalia Domanowska
20 June – 25 October 2015
What makes a crucial element of the celebrations of Józef Brandt’s death centenary is the reception of his oeuvre in contemporary art. Can Brandt’s painting and his legacy inspire contemporary artists and how do they understand his art created before modernism and postmodernism, art that has completely different aims than our postmodern epoch? Artists from three countries, with which Józef Brandt was connected take part in this project – from Germany, Poland and Ukraine.
We are presenting diverse works created specially for the celebrations of Józef Brandt in Orońsko. They are installations, video films, performance, sculptures and objects which are related to Józef Brandt’s oeuvre, his life and residence, where together with his family and artists he used to spend summers. In the palace there appeared virtual sculptures created by the students from the Graphic Art Faculty of the Warsaw School of Information Technology in Warsaw under the direction of Grzegorz Rogala. With the use of their mobile phone, the viewers can watch three-dimensional objects and read information about them. This technologically modern form will be permanently present in the offer for visiting Józef Brandt’s residence as an element of contemporary museology.
Anna Orlikowska’s video installation refers to the concept of the architectural mass of Brandt’s palace understood as a sculpture, as a ‘boundary’ separating space into the inner, palace area and the external – area of the surrounding park. This work studies these two, artificially isolated and incompatible worlds and the moments of their interpenetration. The artist refers to the quotation from Katarzyna Kobro and Władysław Strzemiński’s Spatial composition. Calculations of the Time-Space Rhythm:
Each sculpture contains a certain part of space in its boundaries. That is why we can say that sculpture encapsulates some space. At the same time the boundary of sculpture is the boundary which closes space which is outside the sculpture and separates it from the space inherent in the sculpture. In this way we can see the boundaries of sculpture depending on our attitude – as a boundary shaping its inner space or its boundary which shapes the external space.
Jarosław Perszko created a neon object titled Step which is – next to Jarosław Kozakiewicz’s project Transition – the second realization of the new Sculpture Park in Orońsko. The neon, shining red, in the shape of a simplified human silhouette emerges from the ground, breaks through a metal base and returns creating a closed blood circulation system – a sign of the constant process of change, on-going at the Centre of Polish Sculpture.
Ukrainian artists invited to the project by Vlodko Kaufman, refer to the Orońsko estate and various traditions of this place. The installation formed in the shape of a swallow’s nest, placed in front of the chapel, refers to the place of cult and idea of protecting family traditions. At the Chapel Gallery we are going to see Sergiy Petlyuk’s video film. Natalka Shymin presents objects and installations referring to the history of the estate in various places around the area of the Centre. Olexa Furdiyak’s sculpture and Vasylyna Buryanyk’s sculptures are generally related to Brandt’s estate. The last works titled Crimes against a Subtle Body, present a failure of the immaterial against the material. Subtle bodies originate from certain religious, mystic and occult beliefs (e.g. yoga, Sufism or Tibetan Buddhism). They are a psycho-spiritual ingredient of the living creatures, a kind of ‘life energy’ which has a metaphysical meaning and exists around the body. The notion created in the ancient Hindu culture penetrated into the West at the end of the 19th century. With its help you can explain some experiences connected with death and the flow of information in human brain.
The last project is the performance Tree Walker. A Moment in Time by Christoph Both-Asmus, Berlin artist who has been working for four years on a project in Gabon, addressing the problem of the disappearance of tropical forests. In Orońsko he will be celebrating Brandt’s jubilee, paying attention to nature and our park. In the palace hall you can get to know his romantic and ecological project, a utopia coming true.
Thanks to Nicole F. Loeser from Whiteconcepts Gallery from Berlin