BWA Gallery Bielsko Biała
15 January – 17 February 2019
Curator: Eulalia Domanowska
Collaboration: Henryk Gac
Organization: Mateusz Suligowski
The exhibition, presented earlier at the National Museum in Riga, Latvia, at the Zbrojownia Gallery of the Academy of Fine Art in Gdansk within the framework of the international Congress of Contemporary Art Curators IKT and at the Museum of Contemporary Sculpture, in Orońsko is another version of the new look at the collection of the Centre of Polish Sculpture. Out of almost 2000 holdings, we have chosen major achievements of the art from the second half of the 20th century and the beginning of our century. We are presenting various tendencies and transformation: from examples of modernist figuration, abstraction and expression to contemporary spatial works set – in the words of Rosalind Krauss – in the extended field of art: artistic objects, video or neon works. They are accompanied by texts of historians of art and artists drawing attention to significant facets of contemporary sculpture.
It is the first time that we are showing some of this year’s acquisitions outside our seat – the works of Polish artist: Sofie Żezmer, living and working abroad, in Wiesbaden and Jacek Jagielski.
Collecting contemporary art and defining the profile of a collection is both an important and fascinating task. It refers especially to our Sculpture Park which is acquiring a contemporary, international character. Its transformation started with the installation of Jarosław Kozakiewicz’s Transition – a walkway placed at the surface of the park pond and the sculpture Teapot by Marta Pszonak, an artist from Lodz; both works are shown at the Bielsko exhibition in the form of photograms illustrating the Orońsko landscape.
The exhibition is accompanied by a film about the exhibition of our collection in Riga made by Róża Fabjanowska and Sławomir Malcharek.
Participants: Magdalena Abakanowicz, Sylwester Ambroziak, Michalina Bigaj, Włodzimierz Borowski, Tatiana Czekalska and Leszek Golec, Wojciech Fangor, Władysław Hasior, Thorsten Goldberg, Jacek Jagielski, Jerzy Jarnuszkiewicz, Marek Kijewski i Małgorzata Malinowska "Kocur", Jarosław Kozakiewicz, Piotr Kurka, Natalia Lach-Lachowicz, Daria Malicka, Jarosław Perszko, Maria Pinińska-Bereś, Marta Pszonak, Martyna Szwinta, Sofie Żezmer.
The catalogue Kunszt. 100 lat polskiej rzeźby /Artistry. A Hundred Years of Polish Sculpture and the publication Sculpture Today explain the profile of the Centre of Polish Sculpture as a national institution of culture and the character of contemporary sculpture.