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Progress and Hygiene

We invites you to the opening of the exhibition on Friday, 28th November at 7 p.m.

The exhibition presented in Zachęta, “Progress and Hygiene”, is devoted to the pitfalls of modernization in the context of the idealistic faith in progress and the possibilities of “betterment” common to both art and science at the beginning of the 20th century. It was conceived as an essay which critically analyses such phenomena as genetic engineering, eugenics or research into the purity of races, also drawing attention to their continued impact on today’s world.

29.11 - 15.02

Gregor Schneider. Unsubscribe

We invites you to the opening of the exhibition on Friday, 28th November at 7 p.m.

Gregor Schneider, one of the most highly regarded contemporary German artists who was awarded the Golden Lion at the Art Biennial in Venice in 2001, is realizing his latest project called Unsubscribe in Zachęta. In this work, Schneider again deals with the question of house, in both material and symbolic terms.

29.11 - 01.02

Adoration of Sweetness

The exhibition presented in Zachęta was inspired by the work of Krystiana Robb-Narbutt, a painter, drawer, and author of installations and ephemeral objects who died in 2006, and the title of her never realized idea for an exhibition, “The Adoration of Sweetness”. In her works, the artist made use of banal, transitory objects that could easily be destroyed. She painted on matchboxes, small pieces of wood and Christmas eve wafers. In her art is present a tenderness to the passing of things, whatever they may be, a refusal of the disregarding of the world which stumbles along unnoticed at the fringes. From 2000, sweets started to appear in Robb-Narbutt’s work. She attached to little boards and placed in small exhibition cupboards cakes from religious rituals, sweets and glazed gingerbreads. It was to them that was to be dedicated the exhibition she planned.

20.12 - 01.02

Justyna Wencel. Earth, Earth

Justyna Wencel has called her exhibition at the Zachęta Project Room “Earth, Earth”. This is also the title of her most recent work, a three-channel video installation. Screened on the gallery’s underground level, in a space conducive to attentive reception, the film was made in 2014 and documents an artistic action begun a year earlier. Called Open Jazdów, its purpose was to bring to public attention a doomed idyllic enclave of verdure and wooden houses in downtown Warsaw. The artist had been given access to a small garden, and what she did there (‘laboratory of spatial forms’) is documented in the video.

12.12 - 08.02

Suzan Shutan

Becoming is an installation consisting of hundreds of pompons — a set of inconspicuous coloured dots installed in space in a spontaneous, but well thought through configuration. The flexibility, mobility and modularity of the wired ‘fluffy atoms’ — which viewers can touch and set in motion — constitutes a spectacular performative aspect, liberating the composition from abstraction’s pomposity or conventionality. And this leads directly to a process in which a known and proven order undergoes a transformation of becoming something completely new.

29.08 - 31.01