The Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts in collaboration with the BOZAR Centre for Fine Arts (Brussels), ZKM|Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe, the ROSIZO State Museum and Exhibition Centre, present the exhibition Facing the Future: Art in Europe 1945–1968 (07.03 – 21.05.2017). This project, unique in its scale, has been lasting for two years already and has been showcased in Brussels and Karlsruhe. Despite alterations of the display from one exhibition to another, the general concept remains the same: it is a perspective outlook on the post-war art and culture of East and West Europe as integral artistic scenery, created by artists of different countries no matter their political commitment.
The exhibition Facing the future: Art in Europe 1945–1968 features nearly 200 artworks from 18 European countries and the Russian Federation (i.e. former Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic). The museums having provided artworks for the exhibition include Tate Modern (London), Centre national d’art et de culture Georges Pompidou (Paris), Nationalgalerie (Berlin), Stedelijk Museum (Amsterdam), Museée national Picasso (Paris), Museum Thyssen-Bornemisza (Madrid), “ZERO” Foundation (Dusseldorf), Fondation Beyeler (Riehen / Basel), MUMOK (Vienna), Museum of Independents (Warsaw), Museum Tinguely (Basel), Magyar Nemzeti Galéria (Budapest), Muzeum Narodowe w Krakowie, Olomouc Museum of Art (Czech Republic), Kunsthalle Emden (Germany) and others.
Andrzej Wróblewski, “Ilustration to Różewicz [Ilustration to the poem ‘The Plains’ by Różewicz”; undated; ink, paper; private collection.
In the multilayered narrative of exhibition A Poet Departs. Tadeusz Różewicz at the Adam Mickiewicz Museum of Literature (24 November 2016 – 30 June 2017) we turn to poetry, drama, prose, and personal notes by Tadeusz Różewicz himself. Our protagonist is neither a lyrical subject nor an abstract “I,” but a specific individual in the course of his life and contacts with others.
It is difficult to sum up the Poet who has permanently transformed the face of Polish poetry and playwriting, and is considered one of the most brilliant writers of our time. Our exhibition is the story of an artist who, faced with the dramatic dilemmas of the contemporary world – a crisis of values, the spiritual decomposition of a culture into a waste heap, the cacophony of an information overload – points out the snares and searches for some means of rescue. It is art that became his means of survival; that helped him search for meaning; that helped him reconstruct the ethical and metaphysical dimensions in the world depicted in his poem without. The works of outstanding artists shown in the exhibition (e.g. Jerzy Nowosielski, Jerzy Tchórzewski, Andrzej Wróblewski) are essential testimony to the deep personal relationships of a Poet who shunned the “traps” of the literary circles.
Curators: Małgorzata Wichowska, Małgorzata Górzyńska
“This is an exhibition Tadeusz Różewicz would surely have visited before its launch; then he would visit it several weeks later. As was his way, he would certainly not be present at the opening.”
At the exhibition The End of the World in Centro per l’Arte Contemporanea Luigi Pecci in Prato (16.10.2016 — 19.03.2017) were presented two oil paintings by Andrzej Wroblewski: Execution with a Boy (Execution V), 1949; Mother with Dead Child, 1949
Through the works of over 50 international artists in a showing that will span the entire exhibition area of the museum – over 3000 square metres – the exhibition will be set up as a kind of exercise of distance which will incite us to take a look at our present from a great distance. Along the way the audience will experience the feeling of being projected thousands of light years away to view our current world as if it were a fossil, geological eras from the present time, resulting in a feeling of being suspended in a limbo between a now distant past and a still distant future. Throughout the exhibition, many expressions and artistic languages will be interconnected: music, theatre, cinema, architecture and dance represented not just as side events but as integral moments of the show, helping to build an immersive and captivating narrative.
The exhibition The End of the World will be accompanied by a catalogue published in two languages, Italian and English, as well as a series of conferences and debates which will develop the various themes explored in the exhibition including scientific, philosophical and literary aspects, from more recent theories of physics to the prehistoric, and from science fiction to ecology and sustainability.
At the exhibition Postwar: Art Between the Pacific and the Atlantic, 1945-1965 in Haus der Kunst in Munich (14.10.2016 — 26.03.2017) were presented oil paintings by Andrzej Wroblewski: Chauffeur (Blue Chauffeur), 1948 / Liquidation of the Ghetto, 1949; Executed Man, Execution with a Gestapo Man, 1949, Sun and Other Stars, 1948.
The exhibition examines the vibrant and turbulent postwar period as a global phenomenon for the first time in recent exhibition history. In eight dramatic chapters, the exhibition guides visitors through the first 20 years following the end of World War II, demonstrating how artists coped with and responded to the traumas of the Holocaust, the atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki; how the two political blocs of the Cold War exploited the arts and created competition between realism and abstraction, and how displacement and migration produced new cosmopolitan contexts across the world. The postwar period also marked the end of European colonial systems; the rise of nation-building, decolonization and liberation movements; the partition of countries in Europe, Asia, and the Middle East; as well as the civil rights movement in the United States. These changes unleashed an incredible energy visible in the art of the time. New technologies began to pour into everyday life; the space age fascinated artists as well as the masses, opening up a completely new and dynamic field of artistic consideration.
As an in-depth, global study, the exhibition shows painting, sculpture, installation, collage, performance, film, artist books, documents, photography, in total more than 350 works by 218 artists from 65 countries.
Next stations of the international project Trauma & Revival. At the exhibition Art in Europe 1945–1968. The Continent that the EU does not know in ZKM | Center for Art and Media in Karlsruhe (22.10.2016 – 29.01.2017) were presented two oil paintings by Andrzej Wroblewski: Execution Against the Wall (Execution IV), 1949; Child with Dead Mother, 1949.
„The exhibition offers a new look at the cultural connections and historical links between the European nations. Through the historical retrospect, it opens up new perspectives to a future Europe and shows what a strong and positive effect art and culture can have to overcome the current crisis.”
Curators: Dr. Eckhart Gillen and Prof. Dr. h.c. mult. Peter Weibel
At the exhibition Facing the Future: Art in Europe 1945-68 in BOZAR / Centre for Fine Arts in Brussels (24.06 – 25.09.2016) were presented two oil paintings by Andrzej Wroblewski: Execution Against the Wall (Execution IV), 1949; Child with Dead Mother, 1949.
Facing the Future: Art in Europe 1945-68 sheds light on about 180 works created between 1945 and 1968 by artists from Europe and the former Soviet Union, including Fernand Léger, Vladimir Tatlin, Gerhard Richter and Pablo Picasso among others. Notwithstanding the tensions between Eastern and Western Europe in the years following the Second World War, artists on both sides of the Iron Curtain experimented in similar ways: from media art to action painting, conceptual art and sound art.
Curators: Dr. Eckhart Gillen and Prof. Dr. h.c. mult. Peter Weibel
24.06 – 25.09.2016
BOZAR/Centre for Fine Arts www.bozar.be
Rue Ravensteinstraat 23
The exhibition is part of the international project Trauma & Revival
The East-West cultural narrative of Europe has always been nurtured by mutual fascination, various exchanges but also misunderstandings throughout the Cold War and continuing through the present day. Artists were and still are at the forefront of efforts to change perceptions between the two sides, connect people and introduce new ways of thinking and understanding one another. Trauma & Revival offers an ambitious journey that showcases and reflects upon the ties between the East and the West during the Cold War and today. Between 2015 and 2018, six partners will engage one another in the interest of international cooperation, bringing together artists, intellectuals and citizens from across the continent. Trauma & Revival offers a stimulating platform to revisit a shared history, change today’s perceptions and imagine new forms of cultural dialogue. It echoes the current context in Europe. Through exhibitions, artist residencies, video programmes, workshops, conferences, roundtables, and a digital timeline, this project will raise meaningful questions about our current relationships in order to move towards a common future.
installation of the exhibition “Andrzej Wróblewski. Verso / reverso”, Madrid
Five years after the first international solo show Andrzej Wróblewski. To the Margin and Back (Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven 2010), Wróblewski comes back to one of the most inspiring European museum with magnificent presentation Andrzej Wróblewski. Verso / reverso organised by Reina Sofia Museum in Madrid and Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw. This presentation “enables his work to be contemplated in a way that goes beyond the reductionist clichés of socialist realism or Outsider Art, through which art from countries in the Soviet sphere of influence has been studied until recently. Wróblewski was an artist that could work on the borders between abstraction and figuration, combining formal invention with the analysis of daily life and its limits – the degradation of war and dictatorial politics – by means of a profound human and political commitment” (press materials).
The exhibition is accompanied by bilingual catalogue including essays by Éric de Chassey (Starting from Scratch – Twice), Rachel Haidu (Official Primitive), Tom McDonough (In Its Revolutionary Development: Andrzej Wróblewski as Socialist Realist), Ulrich Loock (Andrzej Wróblewski – A Work of Fragmentation), Marta Dziewańska (Andrzej Wróblewski: Antihero) and a compilation of Artist’s writings.
curators: Marta Dziewańska, Éric de Chassey read more
17.11.2015 – 28.02.2016
Palacio de Velázquez, Park Retiro, Madryt
Everything you wanted to know about “Avoiding Intermediary States. Andrzej Wróblewski (1927–1957”:
ISBN HC: 978-3-7757-3796-8
ISBN FAW: 978-83-935822-1-1
size: 22×28 cm
752 pages, colour, 864 illustrations
paper: Arctic Volume White
publishers: Andrzej Wróblewski Foundation / Adam Mickiewicz Institute / Hatje Cantz Verlag
international distribution: Hatje Cantz Verlag
concept and editing: Magdalena Ziółkowska, Wojciech Grzybała
authors: Noit Banai, Boris Buden, Branislav Dimitrijević, Charles Esche, Eckhart Gillen, Wojciech Grzybała, Eryk Krasucki, Elżbieta Linnert, Barbara Majewska, Elżbieta Modzelewska, Ewa Skolimowska, Agnieszka Szewczyk, Andrzej Wróblewski, Magdalena Ziółkowska
translations: Krzysztof Kościuczuk (English), Zuzanna Głowacka (English, Serbo-Croatian), Anna Taraska-Pietrzak (German)
Polish copyediting and proofreading: Ewa Twardowska
English copyediting and proofreading: Elizaveta Butakova-Kilgarriff
design anf typesetting: Łukasz Paluch / AnoMalia Studio
scientific review: Prof. dr hab. Anna Markowska
Publication cofinanced by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage.
The essay by dr Katarzyna Bojarska The Gesture of Realism. Andrzej Wróblewski’s Photo-Memory of War analysis the paintings by Andrzej Wróblewski from the series Executions as well as other paintings from 1949. The author interprets them in the theoretical framework of the traumatic memory, postmemory and the question of the demand for realism vis-a-vis trauma.
dr Katarzyna Bojarska (Institute of Literary Research, Polish Academy of Science)
Born 1981. Adjunct in the Institute of Literary Research of the Polish Academy of Sciences, in the Department of the Research on Literature and Culture of Late Modernity. Author of articles and translations interested in the relations of art, literature, history and psychoanalysis. Translated among others Dominick LaCapra’s book, History in Transit. Experience, Identity, Critical Theory. (Kraków 2009) and is currently working on the translation of Susan Buck-Morss’ Hegel, Haiti and Universal History. The author of upcoming book Wydarzenia po Wydarzeniu: Białoszewski – Richter – Spiegelman [Events after the Event: Białoszewski – Richter – Spiegelman] (Warszawa 2013). Fulbright Fellow at Cornell University, Ithaca NY. Granted a stipend “Start” (for young scholars) by the Foundation for Polish Science (2010) and “Stay with Us” by “Polityka” weekly (2006), as well as Młoda Polska by Minister of Culture (2011) and a stipend within prof. Ewa Domańska’s (UAM, Poznań, Stanford University) “Mistrz” by the Foundation for the Polish Science (2012-2015). In 2012-2014 she is the head of a group grant titled “World as an Archive – Critical Modes of Historicity” sponsored by the National Program for the Development of the Humanities and an individual grant “Events after the Holocaust” sponsored by the National Centre of Science. Since 2011 she has been a collaborative editor of “Teksty Drugie”.