Part of the project "The Promised City". For the exhibition the showcase rooms of the former furniture shop will revert to their original function. Each of its display windows will become the site of an artistic work - each artist will create a multi-levelled room that can only be viewed through the windows. The work is always visible to everyone, no threshold needs to be crossed, and no admission is charged. The interior space belongs exclusively to the passer-by as much as it becomes a floating element of the passage. The museum itself will remain closed. Ten display windows (wystawy) turn into one exhibition.
Where do you prefer to live, in a utopia or in dystopia? A play about the visions of an ideal city.
Through multilingual dialogues in German, Polish and English, beat-boxing and dance performances, young city dwellers present their vision of an ideal city, their daily experiences, utopias, dreams and stereotypes.
The play "The Ideal City" is the result of an intense collaboration between young people from Berlin and Warsaw and professional directors and choreographers who came together in the summer of 2009 to launch a theatre enterprise spanning across different nations. This resulted in authentic testimonials of two different and yet similar living environments.
Exhibition presented by KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin
Artists: Adel Abdessemed, Ulla von Brandenburg, FORT, Cyprien Gaillard, Alicja Kwade, Sarah Ortmeyer, Paola Pivi, Albrecht Schäfer, Markus Schinwald, Thomas Zipp
Curated by Susanne Pfeffer
Briefly pausing while passing by, attracted yet still keeping one’s distance. Every pane of glass a new picture, and every window a separate creation. Display windows have always been places of exposition. Filled with items, products or information they catch the hasty gaze of the passer-by and demand his attention. The objects seem close enough to grasp and yet remain out of reach. Display windows are places of longing, of projection and of desire. The glass partition creates an inside and an outside and at the same time allows the product area to become a quasi-imaginative space. For the exhibition Wystawa held at the temporary space of the Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw, the showcase rooms of the former furniture shop will revert to their original function. Each of its display windows will become the site of an artistic work – each artist will create a multi-levelled room that can only be viewed through the windows. The fleeting reflection of the passers-by indicates the glazen line of division and, at the same time, becomes a hidden element of the artistic composition. The work is always visible to everyone, no threshold needs to be crossed, and no admission is charged. The interior space belongs exclusively to the passer-by as much as it becomes a floating element of the passage. The museum itself will remain closed. Ten display windows (wystawy) turn into one exhibition (Wystawa).
The exhibition can be viewed 24/7
Wystawa is part of the project "The Promised City", a cultural initiative between Berlin and Warsaw with performances in Mumbai and Bucharest: artists, curators and academics from Germany, Poland, India, and Romania develop various new creative productions. All of which are interdisciplinary and evolve around subjects of dreams, illusions, and promises of modern metropolises.
"The Promised City" is a joint project between the Polish Institute Berlin and the Goethe-Institut in cooperation with the city of Warsaw. Partners in Berlin include: KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Hebbel am Ufer, raumlabor-berlin, Club Transmediale, Ostkreuzschule für Fotografie, TUSCH Theater und Schule Berlin.
Partners in Warsaw: Foundation Bęc Zmiana, Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw, Nowy Teatr, TISZ Theater Institute, Gazeta Wyborcza, Krytyka Polityczna, Planete Doc Review; in Bucharest: E-cart.ro.
Further assistance is provided by EU Culture Programme 2007-2013, Hauptstadtkulturfonds Berlin, Adam-Mickiewicz-Institute, Ministry of Culture and National Heritage of the Republic of Poland, Foundation for German-Polish Cooperation, Romanian Cultural Institute, Embassy of India in Poland.
Project manager: Renate Breitig
Directors and choreographers:
On the German side: Uta Plate (director, Schaubühne Berlin), Mikel Aristegui (choreographer, Schaubühne Berlin)
On the Polish side: Justyna Sobczyk (Instytut Teatralny), Karolina Krawczyk (Instytut Teatralny), Filip Szatarski (Instytut Teatralny)
Steven Strehl (TUSCH Berlin), Magdalena Szpak (TISZ Instytut Teatralny)
Netti Aettner (D), Pedram Alizadeh (D), Mika Ariallah (D),Yolanda Beirao (D), Tarik Beyer, (D) Lucia Eifler (D), Philipp Fleischer (D), Konstancja Gierba (PL), Marion Heider (D), Hanna Hochuli (D), Raban Klesse (D), Mateusz Jaśkiewicz (PL), Janka Kędziora (PL), Patrycja Kępka(PL), Paweł Majchrzak (PL), Kacper Pietraszewski (PL), Paulina Prokopiak (PL), Ida Skrzeszewska(PL), Agnieszka Stecko (PL), Katarzyna Stępniak (PL), Wojceich Sztyk (PL), Mikołaj Ulatowski (PL)
The project is a co-operation between the TUSCH Theatre and School Berlin and the Polish TISZ (Teatr i Szkola – Theatre and School) from Instytut Teatralny Warszawa.
Until 02.05.2010 in Berlin
KW Institute for Contemporary Art
Wojciech Bąkowski, Yael Bartana, Tania Bruguera, Oskar Dawicki, Sharon Hayes, Sanja Iveković, Daniel Knorr, KwieKulik, Zbigniew Libera, Anna Molska, Paulina Ołowska, Agnieszka Polska, Joanna Rajkowska, Ahlam Shibli, Jan Smaga, Anna Zaradny, Artur Żmijewski
curated by Sebastian Cichocki, Ana Janevski, Katarzyna Karwańska and Joanna Mytkowska
presented by the Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw
The contemporary art is having its moment in Poland these days. Museums get built, and new public as well as private institutions emerge. Artists’ names become common knowledge, their practice—previously ignored or misinterpreted—is widely understood and accepted today. It speaks for itself that the most central tract of land in the Polish capital will soon see the construction of the Museum of Modern Art.
The exhibition EARLY YEARS at KW Institute for Contemporary Art in Berlin wanders through the field of institutional self-reflection. It searches for terms fit to describe the emergence of a museum of art in the present, actual artistic, political, and social discourses. The Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw requested for this exhibition the collaboration from artists, with whom it had worked so far, in its pioneering days. The Museum shared its anxieties with the group, and they reciprocated with their share of expectations towards the new institution.
EARLY YEARS is part of the project "The Promised City", a cultural initiative between Berlin and Warsaw with performances in Mumbai and Bucharest: Artists, curators and academics from Germany, Poland, India, and Romania develop various new creative productions. All of which are interdisciplinary and evolve around subjects of dreams, illusions, and promises of modern metropolises.
Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw
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KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin
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Friday 23rd april 2010
Opening of the exhibition "Wystawa" in the Museum of Modern Art Warsaw:
The showcase-rooms of the former furniture shop, where the museum is currently based, revert to their original function. Each of its display windows will become the site of an artistic work
The party starts after the vernissage in Centrum Kultury Nowy Wspaniały Świat. Music and visual performances will be presented by famous artists from the Berlin club scene.
Blue Ray Release
Graw Böckler / Raum für Projektion
DJ Mobiletti Girardischi [NL]
DJ Mo [DE]
U-Matic [DE] – video
DJ bshosa [PL]
Museum of Modern Art
Ul. Panska 3, 00-124 Warsaw
Open: Tuesday-Sunday 12-20