beyond the words
30 March – 19 May 2019
Museum of Contemporary Sculpture
Curator: Agnieszka Kulazińska
Coordinator: Anna Podsiadły
Katarzyna Józefowicz’s exhibition at the Centre of Polish Sculpture in Orońsko will spin a tale of silence. It might sound paradoxically, especially when we discover that the presented works stem from a feeling of pressure of everyday life, the noise, and the intensity of impressions offered to us by the present day. In her work the artist distinguishes the elements comprising this chaos and composes them anew, ‘calms down’, The artist’s installations emanate special (non)peacefulness. The recurrence and banality of the elements make us perceive them as something familiar, tame. The recurrence and banality of the elements make us perceive them as something unsettling. This peacefulness/anxiety and emotional dissonance accompanies us when watching the artist’s works.
Speaking about herself, Katarzyna Józefowicz says that she a slave to constructing. Such a statement does not surprise when we look closer at her works. From small, cut pieces of newspapers, paper, she makes complex, multi-element constructions, vibrating structures interacting with the surrounding space. In her installations, Józefowicz uses paper, an exceptionally fragile and perishable material, vulnerable to damage, changing with time. Preparing objects requires many hours of laborious work. The process of creation associates on the one hand with woman’s activities, on the other – with making a mandala. The themes of works include universal questions: about emotions, transition, relations with the surrounding space.
What makes a vital element of Katarzyna Józefowicz’s work is the word and it is this trend in her oeuvre that will be presented in the exhibition at the Centre of Polish Sculpture in Orońsko.
In Katarzyna Józefowicz’s works, words appear in a natural way, often being part of the material used for producing them. However, sometimes words become the theme of the artistic objects. The installation Between Words consists of words which persistently encroach upon our reality. Their sources vary: advertising slogans, fragments of conversations, read books, bits of senses deprived of meanings which do not want to leave us alone.
In her works Katarzyna Józefowicz often closely observes the words appearing in her private universe, in order to transform them, as Marek Goździkiewicz argues, “into a text-scroll (…) in which their meanings and senses do not connect, creating a sort of visual, poetic work, (…) like in the case of ‘tablecloths’, in which words are arrangesd to create as if lace patterns or a crocheted tablecloth, the effect of ‘scrabble’ resulting from a conversation at the table, or maybe during ‘tea’, like in Eliot’s work”. The words, deprived of sense, make an ornament in which we move around every day, they become an embellishment of our reality, hardly valuable part of the design of the interior where our life is realized.
 Text accompanying the exhibition Habitat at the Centre for Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle in Warsaw in 2015. http://u-jazdowski.pl/program/wystawy/katarzyna-jozefowicz [access: 23.08.2018].
29 June – 6 October 2019
Museum of Contemporary Sculpture, ‘Orangery’ Gallery, ‘Chapel’ Gallery, Sculpture Park
Curator: Eulalia Domanowska
Collaboration: Henryk Gac, Anna Podsiadły
In 2019 the Centre of Polish Sculpture in Orońsko would like to introduce to the Polish public another major figure of the contemporary art scene – Joana Vasconcelos from Portugal, an artist practicing sculpture, including artistic object in the public space, as well -*as experimenting in the scope of sculptural materials. After our exhibitions of the classics of the British sculpture from two generations – Henry Moore and Tony Cragg, we are going to present one of the most original artists from the generation of the 90s.
Joana Vasconcelos gained international fame by her participation in the 51st International Art Biennale in Venice in 2005. Eight years later she represented her country at the 55th Venice Biennale, becoming a star of world art, invited by prestigious museums and galleries in Europe, such as the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Louis XIV Palace in Versailles near Paris, Palazzo Grassi / Francois Pinault Foundation in Venice or Pinacoteca do Estado de São Paulo in Brazil (2008). Besides, the artist has designed projects for such brands as Dior and Gucci.
Joana Vasconcelos also deals with sculpture in landscape. Her monumental works may be found in European sculpture parks in Germany, Portugal, Spain, Great Britain and France, where in the summer 2012 she was the first woman invited to show her art at the palace and gardens of Versailles.
After last year’s presentation of the classic of English sculpture, Henry Moore, which almost trebled the number of audience members and allowed many visitors to discover the charms of Orońsko, we are planning to exhibit Joana Vasconcelos’ works in all our galleries: the Museum of Contemporary Sculpture, Orangery, Chapel and in the Sculpture Park. Her works made from materials typical of Portuguese handicraft, ceramics and textile, attract attention with their extravaganza of colours as well as with the care for national identity. Joana Vasconcelos has set up a foundation which helps to preserve and develop folk handicraft in its encounters with contemporary art. With her activities she has become first and foremost a great ambassador of Portuguese handicraft and Portuguese folk culture.
In connection with the artist’s exhibition, together with local groups, the Association for the Revival and Development of Orońsko District, Regional Museum in Istebna and artists making lace and embroidery from Koniaków and Jaworzynka – we are going to organize workshops promoting various handicrafts practiced in Poland. While on 8 September, within the framework of the ‘Unexpected Beginning of Autumn’, we are going to introduce the colourful Portuguese culture to Orońsko visitors. The events will be accompanied by the Portuguese fado music.
Like last year, during Moore’s exhibition, in 2019 we are going to promote Vasconcelos’ exhibition all over Poland. The inhabitants of Warsaw will be offered summer coach trips to Orońsko.
The exhibition in Orońsko will be the first exhibition of the artist’s works in Poland. The project partners are: the Embassy of Portugal, which will hold patronage over the event, and the Starak Family Foundation in Warsaw, where a simultaneous, second show of Vasconcelos’ works is planned.
26 October 2019 – 2 February 2020
Museum of Contemporary Sculpture
Curator: Anna Maria Leśniewska
Coordinator: Jarosław Pajek
A retrospective exhibition of Maciej Szańkowski, the doyen of Polish neo-avant-garde, one of the most import ant living artists of the last fifty years. He is the author both of small scale and monumental works, monuments and small medallic forms. He uses original techniques from the boundaries of media and creates sculptures in combination with architecture and landscape. He graduated from the Kenar School in Zakopane, and studied under the direction of Jerzy Jarnuszkiewicz at the Academy of Fine Art in Warsaw. He took part in many sculpture competitions, whose results were works of monumental character in: Nuremberg, Bochum, Maribor, Berlin, Hachiōji, Elbląg, Sandomierz, Warsaw. In 2002 he made a sculpture in Bletchley Park near London commemorating breaking the Enigma code.
Maciej Szańkowski’s work is situated at the meeting of constructivist tradition, geometric abstractionism and conceptualism. The exhibition will be an opportunity to sum up the last twenty years of the artist’s work and to publish the artist’s monograph, on which Anna Maria Leśniewska has been working for the last two years.