In the fifties, Nowa Huta saw the beginning of an extraordinary artistic and social phenomenon. Tens of artists came to the city to live and work there. They were given access to city-owned ateliers some of which remain active to this day. How did they look like in the times, when the only thing the system required from the artists is to form a better tomorrow? How do those places work today? We will find out during the meeting in the Ironworks of Art gallery and other places where a collection of works by Nowa Huta’s artists is stored.
Ignoring Armstrong’s mission we prefer our own method to reach the sky. By climbing the ladder, we jump straight into the baroque trying to reach the top through the holy intercessors. Will the martyrs, bishops, and presbyters, who were protecting us for hundreds of years, be able to carry the weight of XXIst century pick-ups? Facing this question, a painter from Slovakia states 'All is old as hell. There is nothing modern here’. The title of the exhibition was taken from an old Polish Lent song.
In 1936 Marcel Duchamp created the first minimuseum in a box. Inside there were reproductions of his most important works plus one original as a bonus. It was the beginning of a series of over 300 objects, which will become works of art themselves. We will enter one of those boxes and from it we will guide you through Duchamp’s art. You will also find out how many copies there are of the famous Fountain, and why so many. The lecture will be given by an art historian Aśka Warchał-Beneschi, the curator of the All my white cubes exhibition.