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  • Katja Strunz @ Muzeum Sztuki w Lodzi


    Afterimages of Life. Władysław Strzemiński and Rights for Art

    11.30.10 - 02.27.11

    Władysław Strzemiński is an iconic figure, one of the most radical artists connected with the inter-war avant-garde movement in Poland. He is also a crucial figure for the Muzeum Sztuki in Lodz: it is thanks to his efforts that the International Collection of Modern Art of the “a.r” group was created and marked the beginnings of the institution. Afterimages of Life is the first monographic exhibition of the artist in the period of the last 17 years. Its objective is the re-interpretation of Władysław Strzemiński’s works and placing them in the context of contemporary world. The multi-layered activities of Strzemiński aimed not only at transforming of the so-called high art – painting, sculpture, architecture – but also at transforming  the broadly-understood design, which would eventually lead to transformation of men’s surroundings and their lives. Today, his attitude is generally interpreted solely in historical context but the questions to which he tried to find answers – what laws govern art, what are art’s rights, can art be separated from life and to what extent can art influence life – seem to be topical still.
    What are „afterimages”, the key notion to Strzemiński’s theory of seeing? Physiologically speaking, retina retains the object for a longer time than the moment of seeing the ting actually lasts: it remembers the image although the gaze has already. This is why the eye has a possibility of overlapping and mixing images: those that are still on the retina, although we do not look at them anymore, and those we see in real time. It can thus be said that the overlapping of images makes it possible to transfer visual elements from one area onto the other, e.g. from painting onto sculpture, from sculpture onto architecture, from architecture onto life. This was some phenomena discovered in painting can be applied in everyday life, interior design, or even urban planning design.
    The second part of the title: Władysław Strzemiński and Rights for Art refers to the artist’s deliberations on the „right” to which he devoted a large part of his research. Strzemiński was deeply convinced that art has the right to participate in life and life has the right to participate in art. Art then, according to Strzemiński should discover essential elements of life and create their artistic counterparts. Art is not a creation separated from reality but functions within it and results from it.

    Broadening the field of interpretation of Strzemiński’s works, the curators invited a German artist, Katja Strunz, who re-works the theme of avant-garde in her own work, to cooperate in creating the exhibition. Thanks to her intervention in the shape of the architecture of the exhibition we are given a new commentary to the works of Strzemiński. Strunz, using the letters of Strzemiński’s alphabet created in the 1930s, put together the word Zeittraum, That outlines the space of the exhibition.

    Afterimages of Life. Władysław Strzemiński and Rights for Art are the largest and the  most important production of the Museum in 2010. The exhibition is accompanied by a series of lectures conducted by international guests, an analytic seminar of reading Strzemiński’s theoretical texts, a discussion panel and workshops and educational activities for wide audiences. Related to the exhibition, three publications will be issued: the exhibition catalogue, a brochure connected with Katja Strunz’s artistic design and a book consisting of interpretations aimed at filling the gap in research into Strzemiński’s works.


    Władysław STRZEMIŃSKI (1893-1952) – is considered to be the most important figure of avant-garde art in Poland. A painter, graphic artist, theoretician and educator, he was the pioneer of avant-garde in the Poland of the 1920s and 1930s. The theory of Unism he developed is an important contribution to the history of world art of the 20th century. His theoretical activities dominated the avant-garde art. thought. He was the author of many books and articles: Unism in Painting (1928), Space Composition. Time-Space Rhythm and its Calculations (1931) – written together with his wife, Katarzyna Kobro – and Theory of Vision published posthumously (1958) count among the most important ones. A student and a close friend of Kasimir Malevich, he brought to Poland and disseminated the ideas of constructivism. He was a member of the most important avant-garde groups of the 1920s: „Blok”  „Praesens” and „a.r.”. He was also the organiser of modern art: in 1929, with the members of “a.r.”, he begun collecting the International Collection of Modern Art that consisted of donations by the representatives of European avant-garde: Theo van Doesburg, Max Ernst, Kurt Schwitters, Pablo Picasso (lost during World War II) and others. In 1931, at the J. and K. Bartoszewicz Municupal Museum of History and Art in Lodz (today: Muzeum Sztuki), a room of modern art. was opened: one of the first permanent museum exhibitions in the world devoted to avant-garde art. Almost 20 years later, in 1948, Strzemiński designed the Neoplastic Room in the newly obtained building of Muzeum Sztuki, whose sole purpose was the presentation of the Collection. After the Second World War, Strzemiński was a lecturer at the Academy of Art in Lodz for a short time. In that time he passed on the avant-grade traditions onto the students in spite of the social realism starting to dominate in the field of art. He educated a generation of artists for whom his creative output has remained a reference point until today. It is thanks to himself and his wife Katarzyna Kobro that Lodz has come to be associated with avant-garde and modern art in general.

    Place: ms², 19 Ogrodowa St.
    Vernissage: 30th November 2010, 6.00 pm.
    Exhibition design: Katja Strunz
    Curators: Paulina Kurc-Maj, Jarosław Lubiak                                                         
    Consultation: Zenobia Karnicka

  • Taryn SIMON


    'Contraband ' - Lever House Collection, New York, USA

    09.30.10 - 12.31.10

  • New Hanging during FIAC


    Almine Rech Gallery - Paris

    10.16.10 — 10.23.10
    Works by the following artists will be exhibited at our Parisian gallery during the FIAC fair

    Sylvie Fleury
    Xylor Jane
    John McCracken
    Anselm Reyle
    Taryn Simon
    James Turrell
    Ida Tursic & Wilfried Mille
    Aaron Young

    + A presentation of a new edition of  skateboards by Anselm Reyle, each unique, signed and numbered 1/50.

  • Franz West - FIAC Outdoor Projects


    Tuileries gardens, Paris, France

    13.10.10 – 24.10.10

    In cooperation with the Louvre Museum, FIAC will present a programme of outdoor projects in the Tuileries gardens. This exhibition is a selection of some twenty projects including monumental installations, performance based works of an ephemeral nature as well as sculptural propositions. For this occasion, two huge sculptures of Franz West will be shown.

  • Ida TURSIC & Wilfried MILLE - The Back of the Sign, 2007


    Prix Fondation d'Entreprise Ricard 2009

    Centre Pompidou, Paris, france
    starting October 13th

    Every year since 1999, the Prix Fondation d'entreprise Ricard has been awarded to an emerging artist on the young French art scene featured in an exhibition designed by an independent curator. Awarded by a jury of art critics and collectors (friends of the Centre Pompidou, the Palais de Tokyo, the Jeu de Paume...), the Prize consists in the purchase of a work from the winner, a work then donated to the Centre Pompidou and exhibited in the collections of the Musée national d'art moderne. Ida Tursic and Wilfried Mille's The Back of the Sign, which won the Prix Fondation d'entreprise Ricard in 2009, will thus be shown at the Centre Pompidou starting October 13 and on.

  • Isaac Julien


    Move: Choreographing You

    Hayward Gallery Project Space, Southbank Centre, London, United Kingdom
    13.10.10 - 09.01.11

    Move: Choreographing You invites you to become a participant – or even a dancer – in installations and sculptures by internationally renowned visual artists and choreographers. The exhibition explores the historical and current relationship between visual arts and dance by presenting seminal works and new commissions by leading artists from the last 50 years.

  • Ida TURSIC & Wilfried MILLE, Centre Pompidou in the State Hermitage Museum


    05.10.10–14.11.10

    The Antechamber, the Nicholas Hall, the Hermitage Theater

    From 5 October to 14 November 2010 the new project Centre Pompidou in the State Hermitage Museum intended to
    demonstrate the variety of the Pompidou Center's forms of work with modern art will be presented in the State Hermitage within the framework of the year of France in Russia. The purpose of the project Centre Pompidou in the State Hermitage Museum is to pay special attention to the form of demonstration of modern artworks and discussion about them, which will become a continuation of a long-term interaction and mutual enrichment of Russian and French cultures. Holding the project in the primary parade halls of the Winter Palace will enable the opening of a multi-level dialog of styles and ages that is meant to become a smooth artful account on transformations of modern art.

  • Franz WEST - Auto-Theater


    Kunsthaus, Graz, Austria

    25.09.10 – 09.01.11

    Cooperating with the Museum Ludwig Cologne and the MADRE Naples, Kunsthaus Graz presents a retrospective of Franz West. This exhibition involves works from a wide range of media and techniques showing the complexity and the originality of his carreer. An outside sculpture will be exhibited in the immediate environment of the Kunsthaus Graz.

  • Tatiana Trouvé


    There is always a cup of sea to sail in

    29th Bienal de São Paulo
    25.09.10 - 12.12.10

  • Tatiana TROUVÉ


    South London Gallery

    October 1rst – November 28, 2010

    Tatiana Trouvé’s work spans drawing, painting and sculpture, often brought together in precisely-scaled architectural installations which suggest the possibility of underlying narratives. For the SLG she creates a new installation in the main gallery incorporating three interlinking spaces interspersed with drawings and sculptural objects.

    Trouvé reconfigures and modifies spaces, never completely obscuring their original form but introducing shifts in scale and detail which transform our understanding and experience of them. Taking a set of drawings in her most recent artist’s book as a point of departure, for the South London Gallery Trouvé divides the single volume of the main exhibition hall into three separate but interlinking chambers, each one offering glimpses into the next, the original architecture being altered but not completely denied.

    As visitors make their way through spaces of differing dimensions and ceiling heights, components from the source drawings are gradually revealed. Carefully placed sculptural objects, drawings on canvas, burn marks made directly on walls, as well as the spaces themselves, have all been derived from the original images through various processes of transfer, from one measurement, material or surface to another. Coils of rope are fashioned from copper, bags are made of wax and suspended from copper threads and a small bronze cushion is squashed between a pillar and a wall. These and other elements suggest a complex web by which they are connected, hinting at the possibility of a hidden narrative to explain their presence as well as at the processes of mutation behind their creation.

    Trouvé was winner of the prestigious Marcel Duchamp Prize in 2007, has exhibited widely internationally, including at the Venice Biennale, and had a solo show at the Centre Georges Pompidou in 2008, yet this is her first major solo show in the UK.