People who live glass houses shouldn't throw stones
Wer im Glashaus sitzt, sollte nicht mit Steinen werfen
Opening on Saturday, 10 October 2020, time: 11:00 – 17:00
The exhibition open till 29 November 2020
Copyright: @Patrik Baeuml
The project 'People who live in glass houses shouldn't throw stones' is based on the collaboration of artists and curators from Poland and Germany. It includes conceptual activities, artistic workshops, accompanying on-site events, publication and exhibitions in Poland and in Germany.
The title of the project is a proverb used when referring to someone who is criticizing others while making similar mistakes themselves. The fragility of the ‘glass house’ mentioned in the title can be understood in relation to both our planet and our individual life situations. The protective cover of the Earth is its atmosphere, which we are unintentionally threatening. Individual persons are protected by their social environment whereas the human rights, which are endangered by populist tendencies, are guaranteed by the constitution.
This multi-part exhibition project will be realized at the Centre of Polish Sculpture in Orońsko (Poland) and at the Kunsthalle in the Kunsthaus, Wiesbaden (Germany) with the participation of 15 artists. These include eight Polish artists (among them two pairs of artistic duos) and six artists living in Germany as well as an artist from the Netherlands. During workshops and public presentations in both institutions, the artists will have an opportunity to compare their artistic ideas and exchange experiences.
The first part of the project took place at the 'Orangery' Gallery on the grounds of the Centre of Polish Sculpture. The invited artists present the works resulting from a seven-day workshop (30 July - 7 August, 2020) in the exhibition they designed together. The experiences of collaborative work and exchange during the workshops allowed for going out into the open space of the Sculpture Park.
The exhibition in the Kunsthaus in Wiesbaden opens on 10 October, and lasts till November 29, 2020. It will present the works developed in Orońsko. The ideas conceived in the ‘glass house’ will be further examined during the presentation at the Kunsthaus. The supporting program of events includes the promotion of the publication issued on the occasion of the project, including texts by Eulalia Domanowska, Bogna Błażewicz, Gottfried Hafemann and Nadine Hahn, as well as Dorota Monkiewicz’s lecture on contemporary Polish art.
The German head of the project is Gottfried Hafemann, long-standing curator of contemporary art, gallery owner and former director of the Nassauischer Kunstverein in Wiesbaden. His assistant, Nadine Hahn is an art historian from Frankfurt am Main, the author of the photographs and text for the planned publication. On the Polish side, the project is coordinated by Leszek Golec, long-time curator of the Centre of Polish Sculpture and artist participating in the exhibition. His assistant in Sofi Żezmer.
Participating artists from Poland:
Kuba Bąkowski (Warsaw), Michalina Bigaj (Krakow), Tatiana Czekalska / Leszek Golec (Lodz ), Diana Grabowska & Bruno Althamer (Warsaw), Kamil Kuskowski (Szczecin), Tomasz Matuszak (Lodz)
Participating artists from Germany:
Francisco Klinger Carvalho (Mannheim, D /São Paulo, BR), Wolfgang Gemmer (Wiesbaden), Monika Linhard (Frankfurt am Main), Constanze Nowak (Dresden), Cornelia Rößler (Mainz), Young W. Song (Frankfurt am Main, D / Seoul, KR), Peer Veneman (Amsterdam, NL)
The project is supported by the Polish Ministry of Culture and National Heritage, within the framework of the program ‘Kultura Inspirująca /Inspiring Culture’ and by the City of Wiesbaden.
Project partner – The Polish Institute in Düsseldorf.