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Just After the War

Is the key period in modern Polish history of 1944–1949 equally important in the field of art? How were the first years of the new, dynamically changing socio-political reality and atmosphere, on the one hand the “euphoria of rebuilding” and on the other the “Great Fear” interpreted by artists? The exhibition is an attempt to answer the question as to how the complicated social moods and political tensions in post-war Poland found their expression in the visual arts, photographs, film and also architecture and design.

03.10 - 10.01

Views 2015

For the seventh time Deutsche Bank Polska, and Zachęta – National Gallery of Art are happy to announce the “Views 2015 – Deutsche Bank Award” competition exhibition presenting the most interesting young, but already established, Polish artists.

nominees: Alicja Bielawska, Ada Karczmarczyk, Piotr Łakomy, Agnieszka Piksa, Iza Tarasewicz

opening of the exhibition: 7th September 2015 at 7 p.m.

08.09 - 15.11

Karolina Grzywnowicz. The Weeds

We would love to invite you to the opening of the exhibition on Friday, September 4, at 7 p.m. During the opening Paul Szamburski will play the concert.

Zachęta Project Room
ul. Gałczyńskiego 3

“The Weeds” is a project about plants that form a unique record of political and social history. They can be encountered in places where Poland’s most densely populated villages once used to be. Now several dozen years after these people deserted the area, the plants have become an evergreen and ineradicable mark of human presence.

05.09 - 31.10

Halka/Haiti 18°48’05”N 72°23’01”W
C.T. Jasper & Joanna Malinowska

The Polish Pavilion at the 56th International Art Exhibition
La Biennale di Venezia

The Polish Pavilion at the 56th Venice Biennale will have the pleasure of presenting a panoramic film projection of the opera Halka by Stanisław Moniuszko, as it was staged in February for the inhabitants of Cazale, a village situated in the mountains of Haiti.

The winners of this year’s contest for the official Polish representation in Venice, artists C.T. Jasper and Joanna Malinowska and curator Magdalena Moskalewicz, decided to stage the opera in Haiti inspired by the mad plan of Werner Herzog’s Fitzcarraldo, who wanted to build an opera house in the Amazon. Fascinated by Fitzcarraldo’s faith in the universal power of opera, but not uncritical of the colonizing aspect of his actions, they decided to reveal and undercut its romanticism by confronting a set of very specific geographic, historical, and sociopolitical realities.


09.05 - 22.11