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The Wild West. A history of Wrocław’s Avant-Garde

The exhibition presents works of art, films, documentary photographs, objets d’art, and recordings – nearly 500 works of visual arts, architecture, urbanism, theatre, film, design, and everyday life of Wrocław since the 1960s until the present.

19.06 - 13.09

FILKO – FYLKO – PHYLKO

The successive versions of Stano Filko's name FILKO – FYLKO – PHYLKO (and later VIRTUAL FILKO)  told of the different stages of his life, the caesuras between which were marked by dates that were important from both political and  personal  points of view. His “legend of the artist” is also noteworthy for the episodes he experienced of clinical death (in 1945 and 1952), and became a part of the artistic project composed of the total work that is his oeuvre. Its material is equally his own biography and also the artist's archive, the unceasing reordering and classification of which over a period of decades became his obsession.

02.06 - 16.08

John Lurie
I am trying to think. Please be quiet

John Lurie returns to Warsaw as a painter! This presentation of contemporary works by John Lurie constitutes an attempt to reconsider this ’90s icon, to confront this image and show the artist in a new light. It is also an attempt to find a viewpoint that goes beyond that of the roles he played in films, one that is closer and better fitting – a more authentic portrait.

13.06 - 02.08

Exotic?

We would like to invite you for the opening of the exhibition on Friday, 3 July at 7 pm. During the opening OLIVIER HEIM will play a special concert.

This summer group exhibition in the Zachęta Project Room presents a multifarious exploration of the concept of the exotic. It is realised both for summertime tourists and for Warsaw inhabitants, who - like the noble Des Esseintes in Joris-Karl Husyman's book Against Nature – prefer to visit the exotic corners of the world mentally, without leaving their own armchair/city.

04.07 - 30.08

TRUTH BEAUTY GOODNESS
From the Zachęta Collection

The latest presentation of the collection in the Raczyński tenement building on Małachowski Square, just opposite Zachęta is entitled “TRUTH BEAUTY GOODNESS”. The famous platonic triad of the highest ideas and values is a quotation from one of the works presented at the exhibition: a photograph by Jadwiga Sawicka where this text is scratched into a plastic bottle. This title sounds somewhat ironic if we recall that these concepts are eagerly referred to by conservative critics when excoriating contemporary art for its lack of ideas and betrayal of ideals. But are they right? Perhaps, on the contrary, it is artists that stubbornly and resolutely still show us (critics and viewers) the often unwanted side of truth, by questioning goodness and beauty in their contemporary pop incarnations.

15.04 - 19.07

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