Małgorzata Gołębiewska and Marcin Gołębiewski
Zdzisław Beksiński’s Sculptures
The exhibition of Zdzisław Beksiński’s sculptures in the gardens of the Wawel Royal Castle is a pioneering event for many reasons. This is due to the non-obvious presence of the contemporary artist in the field of substantive and program interest of this institution, the fact that it is the first exhibition of Beksiński’s works focused exclusively on three-dimensional works, as well as the publication of a catalog devoted to the sculptures of the artist, who is mainly known for his painting, drawing, and photography . What are we dealing with and what is the phenomenon of the works presented in the gardens?
The attention of the audience visiting the Zdzisław Beksiński gallery in the Historical Museum in Sanok focuses on the sensitively arranged exhibition of paintings. However, it was the plaster sculptures from the 1960s, placed on simple wooden bases designed by the artist, that made the greatest impression on us; an exhibition consisting of only a dozen or so items: nine heads, three reliefs and a monumental sculpture entitled Hamlet. For us, it was the beginning of thinking about popularizing Beksiński’s sculptural work, about the exhibition of sculpture casts in bronze.
“After 1960, new sets of works were created. Beksiński mainly created full sculptures – large figures made of sheet metal and a series of several “heads” (head-like structures) made of patinated plaster”.
At the exhibition “Beksiński. Sculptures” we will see sculptures in the Wawel gardens in the series Heads – casts in bronze, variations on the subject of a human skull. It is a very diverse collection, from openwork, light, intersected, hollow forms, to fuller blocks with numerous depressions and holes resembling multiplied eye sockets. Beksiński definitely did not identify sculpture with a closed form and a uniform solid, he experimented with its materiality.
Apart from heads and flat reliefs, the exhibition also includes casts of two monumental sculptures: Hamlet and Macbeth. Hamlet is also known for a black-and-white family photograph in which Tomek poses sitting on a sculpture, next to his parents standing on either side. “One of his metal sculptures features a seated figure. (He gives it the title Hamlet, as he puts his son on it and photographs him)”. Its form refers to the seated Mother and Child by Moore from 1931 or his composition Family from 1950. Hamlet is a figure, or rather a highly processed image of a human figure, stretched out, strongly bent, unstable and requiring a pedestal, forming the form of a throne or an armchair. The wide torso is a natural support, the pointed, upturned knees form the shape of the seat. The scale, slenderness of the figure, distortion of the figure and the blackness of the patina intensify the impression of unreality. The surface of the sculpture is no longer as smooth as in the case of the heads, there are grooves and a textured effect. Hamlet is an example of an abstract work that is also figurative, though far from realism.
The second figural sculpture presented at the exhibition, which was made in metal as early as in the 1960s, is Macbeth. The project shows a high level of experiencing emotions by the artist, suggestive, intensively affecting the viewer. A tragic figure, depicted as a kneeling figure, with his arms stretched upwards – Beksiński achieves a strong, dramatic effect. There is, as in Hamlet, a certain contrast between smooth and rougher parts. The sculpture is in the collection of BWA in Rzeszów, it was purchased for the collection for PLN 6,800.
THE END AND THE BEGINNING (?)
Zdzisław Beksiński’s sculptures were also publicly presented in the period when they were created. In 1964, in the Old Orangery in Warsaw’s Łazienki, in the Gallery of the Artist and the Viewer, an individual exhibition of Zdzisław Beksiński took place, which was an undoubted success for the artist and resulted in many reviews.
The artifacts that have survived to our times, small, intimate plaster sculptures with the motif of a human head and expressive figures contrasting with them, often disturbingly interrupted, translucent, welded from iron plates, gain in importance, constituting an undeniable value from the point of view of art history.
It is puzzling to abandon sculpture, as well as abstraction or photography. If Beksiński had had favorable conditions in the 1960s, a suitable space to work, a sculpture studio and financial resources necessary to create casts in precious materials, would he have decided to continue working in this medium?
Or has the artist simply realized that he will not achieve anything more in terms of sculpture, and this is still not the specific means of expression he wants and needs?
These are open questions that we ask on the occasion of this exhibition.
Cracow, December 2022
 Zdzisław Beksiński, Letters to Jerzy Lewczyński, edition and introduction: Olga Ptak, Museum in Gliwice, Gliwice 2015, p. 223, footnote 3. Magdalena Grzebałkowska, The Beksińskis. Double portrait, Znak, Kraków 2014, p. 76. Ibid.
JAMAIS VU (eng. never seen) is a state in which we mistakenly recognize a known situation as something new, unconsciously rediscovering it. Two artists look at the subject through the issues of memory disorders – paramnesia, André Malraux’s concept of “imaginary museum”, as well as the phenomenon of plagiarism and its sources. The opposite of “jamais vu” is “déjà vu” (Polish: already seen).
“The Leaky Invention” is the title of one of the episodes of “Miscellaneous Adventures of Balbina Goose” – a bedtime show broadcast since 1965 on Polish television. These stories were not animated; they consisted of a dozen or so immobile boards with illustrations by Anna Hoffman, to which the narrator (Danuta Mancewicz) added dialogues. The exhibition presents 36 original illustrations in the 30 x 40 cm format, made by Anna Hoffman in 1967 with ink on paper, as well as a typescript of the script of “The Leaky Invention”.
LONG AND BORING DESCRIPTIONS OF NATURE – art installation | exhibition
Artists: koncept i reżyseria: Aleksandra Jakubczak, wideo: Wojciech Sobolewski, zapachy i obiekty: Przemek Branas, głos: Małgorzata Zawadzka Curator: Anna Litak Institution: Museum at National Stary Theatre MICET Address: 1 Jagiellońska Street, BE zone Exhibition open: 12-18.05.2023, 11:30 am – 7:30 pm, Monday: museum closed, 19.05.2023, 5 pm – 1 am (Museum Night) Entrance fee: installation only – PLN 1, you can also see the installation as part of the Micet ticket: discount ticket PLN 10, normal/adult ticket PLN 15. With a ticket to the performance of the Stary Theater – ticket to the MICET museum and installation – PLN 1.
Long and boring descriptions of nature is an art installation that uses text, image, smell and sound. Starting from the descriptions of nature in Polish literature and a personal story, it becomes a reflection on the experiences of solastalgia (a kind of fear caused by climate change) and topophilia (i.e. developing “love for a place”). It is also a contemplation of the landscapes recorded in the collective imagination – those imagined, remembered and experienced. The description of the landscape becomes a pretext for reflection on identity, a longing for a sense of belonging and an attempt to find oneself in relation to the natural world. In the project you will hear texts by Eliza Orzeszkowa, Władysław Reymont, Stefan Żeromski, and Wisława Szymborska.
Maria Stangret. Gra w miejsca / Places Game | exhibition
Artist: Maria Stangret Curator: Magdalena Ujma-Gawlik Curatorial cooperation and coordination:: Kamil Kuitkowski Institution:The Centre for the Documentation of the Art of Tadeusz Kantor CRICOTEKA Address: 2-4 Nadwiślańska Street Exhibition open: 12-14.05.2023, 16-19.05.2023, 11 am – 7 pm Entrance fee
Maria Stangret. Places Game exhibition intends to show the role Maria Stangret played in Polish post-war art: as one of the main figures of the Cricot 2 Theatre, a brilliant creator of roles in plays and cricotages, but also as a visual artist distinguished by her individual style and language. In her life and work, she traveled freely and non-linearly between these roles, constantly finding her own place anew. Also as the original author of the pure-nonsense, experimental piece of fiction “without beginning or end.” The exhibition at Cricoteka, which invites the viewer to play with the figure and output of the artist, will feature numerous examples of Stangret’s work from the three aforementioned fields. In addition to works of art, archival and documentary materials, films, photos and recordings will be shown.
Blurred borders. Framed photographs of Tadeusz Kantor | exhibition
Artist: Tadeusz Kantor Curators: Małgorzata Paluch-Cybulska, Kamil Kuitkowski
Institution: The Centre for the Documentation of the Art of Tadeusz Kantor CRICOTEKA
Address: 2-4 Nadwiślańska Street Exhibition open: 12-14.05.2023, 11 am – 7 pm Entrance fee
The show presents a selection of 24 framed photographs from the Cricoteka collection. They were created on the initiative of Tadeusz Kantor, who treated archives and photographs as exhibition objects. In the 1980s, the artist commissioned the printing of selected materials on canvas, which he then ordered to be framed in wooden frames. They could have had a twofold function: they complemented the presentations of objects, drawings or theatrical objects, but also Kantor’s happenings and theatrical productions (the artist used to curate them himself), or they created independent exhibitions. The exhibition at the Szatnia Gallery shows how many areas in Kantor’s work lie between different concepts, aesthetics and areas of art. Transferring the photograph to canvas can be interpreted as another gesture in Kantor’s work to blur the border between one and the other medium, or to build a situation at the junction of both. In the presented photographs one can feel the elusive border between painting and photography, action and its registration, a work of art and its copy (image), between an exhibition object and an archive.
Curators: Małgorzata Paluch-Cybulska, Michał Kobiałka
Institution: The Centre for the Documentation of the Art of Tadeusz Kantor CRICOTEKA
Address: 2-4 Nadwiślańska Street Exhibition open: 12-14.05.2023, 16-19.05.2023, 11 am – 7 pm Entrance fee
The exhibition presents mostly objects, items and costumes from Tadeusz Kantor’s performances that have not been shown in the permanent exhibition before. This time, the curators radically change the narrative inherent in the previous shows of the collection, prepared in accordance with the instructions left by the artist himself. They blur the boundaries of time and create space for new interpretations. Stage objects create a landscape after a catastrophe, lose their individuality and generate new, intuitive meanings.
Visitors to the permanent exhibition for the first time will have the opportunity to see e.g. The great emballage of the end of the 20th century from the performance “I shall never return” and the Barricade from “Let the Artists Die”.
Artist: Monika Nęcka Curator: Monika Nęcka Institution: The Ethnographic Museum in Krakow Address: 1 Wolnica Square Opening: 12.05.2023, 6 pm Gallery open: 12-14.05.2023, 16-17.05.2023, 10 am – 7 pm Entrance fee: included in the ticket price for the permanent exhibition
Direct, revealing, emphasizing light. Giving the reality of being. Even the smallest, most insignificant thing highlighted with a beam of light takes on the rank of existence. Light indicates narratives and meanings. It deepens the impact. It awakens mindfulness.
The Ethnographic Museum in Krakow invited Dr. Monika Nęcka, associated with the Studio of Progressive Art Didactics (Department of Artistic Education, Faculty of Painting) of the Academy of Fine Arts in Krakow, to act as part of the KRAKERS 2023 Festival. The artist will perform an intervention in a selected space of the EMK permanent exhibition. She will use the effect of splitting the image, confronting the question about the meaning of visuality, its communication potential and the very imperative of the act of creation. And whether art always wins
Artist: Maja Świat Curator: Marta Anna Raczek-Karcz Institution: International Print Triennal Society in Cracow Address:29 Main Square, II floor Opening: 13.05.2023, 6 pm Exhibition open: 12-19.05.2023, 10 am – 2 pm Free entrance
An exhibition by a student of the Art Department of the Academy of Fine Arts in Katowice, awarded in last year’s Ars Latrans open competition under the slogan Y2K. The artist invites you to a world where pain is mixed with joy and sadness with happiness. It is a graphically presented story about what the so-called “bad” moments give us and dealing with the hardships of everyday life through art.
Bogusław Bachorczyk invites you to Baden-Baden. Can you imagine a more charming place to celebrate a birthday than a foreign resort? For example, Kantor’s 108th birthday. So what if it’s not a round anniversary. Memory has its own hierarchies. Baden-Baden is an interference in the space of Tadeusz Kantor’s Gallery-Studio at Sienna Street, divided into several objects, sound and performative action. Bogusław Bachorczyk’s Baden-Baden is the third, after the work of Andrew Taggart and Chloe Lewis in 2012 and Sarkis in 2019, artistic interference in the space of Tadeusz Kantor’s Gallery-Studio at ul. Sienna.
Exhibition at Tadeusz Kantor’s Gallery-Studio at ul. Sienna 7/5 is a unique event in the history of the institution. It presents a new acquisition – a painting by Tadeusz Kantor from 1988 “Untitled”, an image of the Cardinals, characters from the play “I Shall Never Return” by the Cricot 2 Theater (1988). The work was purchased from Franco Laera’s collection, thanks to co-financing from the government program “National Collection of Contemporary Art” from the funds of the Minister of Culture and National Heritage from the Culture Promotion Fund. Cricoteka hopes to continue the process of gradually acquiring Tadeusz Kantor’s art collection stored in Milan and archival materials related to the artist belonging to Franco Laera, the Polish artist’s collaborator and friend. The exhibition of the painting is accompanied by a selection of 10 drawings from Franco Laera’s collection, which have recently become part of the collector’s deposit at Cricoteka.
The Last of Winters, KRAKERS 2023, Momentum Gallery
There will be no more winters. We are almost sure of it. This last season is over and it was the last one. But we’ll never know until the next one comes along. Powerless, worried, hidden. This is the last winter we’ve seen. Almost a year after the start of a war that was supposed to never come again. A winter that was considered one of those harsh ones. Winter. This dreamy land between ideas, blankets and deadly frosty chains, which does not let any light in (…) Winter can be beautiful and ugly. Winter can mean death. Winter can be your given up dream.
There are some houses you can never settle into. Even when we sit in them, we’re rather uptight. The silence is unbearably loud there. Sometimes it’s scary to visit the next room, because you might not find your way back.
Łukasz Stokłosa, in the monumental, though miniature, installation created for the exhibition “Other voices, other walls”, explores these non-houses, disturbing heterotopias constructed of intertwining layers and afterimages of bygone splendors and aesthetics.
Artist: Elżbieta Chudy, Anna Czarnota, Julia Drabik, Gabriela Gleń, Grzegorz Hojdys, Katarzyna Kłęk, Anna Małecka, Wiktoria Penar, Paula Pniewska, Zuzanna Romańska, Olga Sanchis Esplugues, Nils Schmitz, Łucja Sękiewicz-Szymala, Jakub Sikorski, Anna Ślemp, Maria Tarnawska, Matylda Wilam, Jakub Woźnica Curators: Bogusława Bortnik-Morajda, Agata Kus Institution: Galeria Drugie Piętro, Jan Matejko Academy of Fine Arts in Cracow Address:Plac Matejki 13 Opening:17.05.2023, 5:45 pm Exhibition open: 17.05-19.05.2023, 17.05, 17:45-22.00, 18-19.05, 9:00-21:00 Free entrance
Individual exhibition of Zuzanna Romańska I AM WATER NOW | exhibition
Artist:Zuzanna Romańska Curators:Jakub Najbart, Justyna Smoleń Institution: Podgórze Cultural Center – Solvay Center for Contemporary Art Address:62 Zakopiańska Street Exhibition open: 15.05, 10 am – 4 pm, 16-18.05.2023, 4 pm – 8 pm Free entrance
The animal devoured me. Bones shattered and I was speechless at the sight before me. Behold, in the depths of its mouth, I saw a vortex full of colors unknown to me. Then everything disappeared. The underground is what is hidden until the moment of transgression. It is a narrative about the world between reality and unreality, internality and externality. This world is suspended like a Warburgian man between astra and monstra. It can both scare and liberate. Its characters constantly dip in and out, as if repeating the act of the cosmogonic emergence of forms.
Rich MuFo interior | Guided tour of the MuFo Józefitów building and the acquisitions show: Maria Pinińska-Bereś, Jadwiga Maziarska, Zuzanna Janin. During the tour, you can see with your own eyes what is hidden in the museum’s warehouses, the photo darkroom, find out how we decide which works will be included in the Museum’s collection and how we care for delicate photographs from over a hundred years ago! A visit to our place is also a unique opportunity to learn about some of the museum’s “know-how” regarding the storage and organization of photographs.
2nd Krakow Group / Jakub Julian Ziółkowski – open guided tour of exhibitions in English
Institution: Museum of Contemporary Art in Krakow MOCAK Address: 4 Lipowa Street Event: 13.05.2023, 4 pm Admission is paid, with the password “Krakers”, admission to the event is PLN 2. Participation in the guided tour does not require prior reservation. Participants are asked to gather at the Reception 10 minutes before the start of the event.
On Saturday, May 13, at 4:00 pm, we invite you to an open guided tour of the exhibition conducted in English. The event is organized as part of Cracow Art Week: Krakers, which this year’s edition takes place from 12 to 19 May under the slogan “Art always wins”. The sightseeing program includes the achievements of the 2nd Krakow Group and the works of Jakub Julian Ziółkowski.
The screening of the award-winning film Rust, directed by Rafał Małecki, introduces us to the intimate world of the creative process and the artist’s inspiration from nature. This fascination, reflected in the presented works, combines Mariola Wawrzusiak-Borcz’s sculptures and Kamil Stańczak’s paintings. The exhibition allows you to commune with sculptures of over-life-size owls surrounded by modern buildings. On the other hand, the works of Kamil Stańczak, by combining landscape with abstract elements, create unique, creative compositions.
2nd Krakow Group / Jakub Julian Ziółkowski – open guided tour of exhibitions in English
Institution: Museum of Contemporary Art in Krakow MOCAK
Address: 4 Lipowa Street Event: 14.05.2023, 4 pm Admission is paid, with the password “Krakers”, admission to the event is PLN 2. Participation in the guided tour does not require prior reservation. Participants are asked to gather at the Reception 10 minutes before the start of the event.
On Sunday, May 14, at 4:00 pm, we invite you to an open guided tour of the exhibition conducted in Polish. The event is organized as part of Cracow Art Week: Krakers, which this year’s edition takes place from 12 to 19 May under the slogan “Art always wins”. The sightseeing program includes the achievements of the 2nd Krakow Group and the works of Jakub Julian Ziółkowski.
Artists: Aleksandra Capiga-Łochowicz, Monika Kiwak, Joanna Pawlik, Marta Romankiv, Iga Maria Szczepańska
Curator: Aleksandra Sikora Institution: Manggha Museum of Japanese Art and Technology Address:26 M. Konopnickiej Street Event: 14.05. 2023, 6 pm Admission paid, price: PLN 2, * with the password KRAKERS free admission to temporary exhibitions at the Manggha Museum of Japanese Art and Technology on May 12-19, 2023.
An event consisting of a series of shows and activities taking place in the space of the Manggha Museum as part of a designated performative route. Female artists, dancers and performers take part in the project. What intertwines their activities is an attempt to face their own body and the requirements that are placed on it, as well as cultural limitations and social exclusions. Although each of the presentations will use a different language system, their common denominator will be the language of art based on movement and aspects of corporeality.
From baby dragons to really huge ones. A “Walking Detective” children’s activity around Krakow
Institution:Fishka Krakow Tours Address: City center (the starting point will be given just before the walk) Event: 15.05.2023, 5 pm Admission is free, registration is required via the form: https://bit.ly/407pFc2
How many dragons live in Krakow? Because apparently Wawelski is not the only one? We will try to track down the dragons hidden in the city. What will we meet on the way? Can we make it? We invite you to a real detective adventure! We ask parents to be present during the walk. Host: Łucja Malec-Kornajew | Fishka Krakow Tours
Curator tour of the “Close to the body” exhibition – the works from the Collection of Bunkier Sztuki
Artists: Maciej Chorąży, Edward Dwurnik, Katarzyna Górna, Andreas M. Kaufmann, Lidia Krawczyk, Wojciech Kubiak, Marcin Maciejowski, Małgorzata Markiewicz, Joanna Pawlik, Karol Radziszewski, Józef Robakowski, Wilhelm Sasnal, Jadwiga Sawicka, Janek Simon, Mikołaj Smoczyński, Alicja Żebrowska Curator: Agnieszka Mazoń-Żywolewska Institution:Modern Art Gallery Bunkier Sztuki Address: Temporary address of the Gallery – 20 Main Square Event: 17.5.2023, 5 pm Paid admission: tickets at the price of PLN 2 per participant will be available for purchase on the day of the meeting. Advance registration is not required for the event.
As part of the events accompanying Cracow Art Week, we invite you to a guided tour of the latest exhibition of works from the Bunkier Sztuki Collection. Gesture, corporeality, identity, gender. The exhibition of works by 17 Polish and foreign artists will tell us about ourselves. The meeting will be hosted by Agnieszka Mazoń-Żywolewska, curator of the exhibition, and Kamil Gibas, an art historian.required for the event.
Curatorial tour of the exhibition of Zdzisław Beksiński
Artist: Zdzisław Beksiński Curators:Małgorzata i Marcin Gołębiewscy Institution:The Wawel Royal Castle – National Art Collection Address: Wawel 5 (Royal Garden) Event: 18.05.2023, 12:00 Admission is paid, tickets can be purchased via the website of the Wawel Royal Castle in the “events” tab
Curatorial tour – during the tour you will learn how the plaster sculptures entitled Heads were created and what techniques were used to make the metal structures of the Hamlet and Macbeth sculptures. The curators will talk about contemporary methods of casting sculptures in bronze. The artist did not make expensive casts for financial reasons, and he obtained materials such as rods or tin in a peculiar way … The collection of the History Museum in Sanok includes the artist’s works from the 1960s, during the tour you will learn about their history.
There are some houses you can never settle into. Even when we sit in them, we’re rather uptight. The silence is unbearably loud there. Sometimes it’s scary to visit the next room, because you might not find your way back. Łukasz Stokłosa, in the monumental, though miniature, installation created for the exhibition “Other voices, other walls”, explores these non-houses, disturbing heterotopias constructed of intertwining layers and afterimages of bygone splendors and aesthetics.
Miejsce:Jan Matejko Academy of Fine Arts in Cracow Adres: Plac Matejki 13, I piętro, sala nr 100 Event: 19.05.2023, 5 pm Free entrance
An author’s meeting will be held with Łukasz Błażejewski, a theater set designer and performer as part of a series of meetings organized by prof. Jakub Najbart with artists who graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts at least 10 years ago and are active artists. During the meeting, we will hear about the stages of work from a student to work in theaters all over Poland, we will see several examples of stage design and theater costumes, as well as documentation of some of the most important performances. There will also be time for questions, and at the end we will draw two tickets to the performance Kora.Boska at Teatr Nowy Proxima in Krakow, for which Łukasz Błażejewski not only designed the set and costumes, but also played one of the roles as an actor-performer. Łukasz Błażejewski aka Prince Negatif – scenographer, performer, painter. He graduated from the Faculty of Interior Design and Design at the Academy of Fine Arts in Wrocław, doctoral studies in Stage Design at the Academy of Fine Arts in Kraków and postgraduate studies in Creative Coding at the SWPS University in Warsaw. He completed internships at the Institut d’Arts Visuels in Orléans and at the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris. Creator of sets and costumes for over 90 performances in theaters all over Poland. Designer of exhibitions in museums and galleries. Co-founder of Teatr Nowy Proxima in Kraków, where he is the Creative Director. For years he has been working as a performer under the pseudonym Prince Negatif.