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Two exhibitions

Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw, Warsaw

"Accomplices - The photographer and the artist around 1970" presents some of the most interesting representatives of experimental art from New York and also showing three highly original examples of photographer-artist collaboration from Central Europe. "The third room" is a project that aims to create a third space bettween the The Kunsthalle Dussselldorf and the Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw. The selected artists enter into a dialogue with each other.

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The photographer and the artist around 1970

curator: Maria Matuszkiewicz

artists: Hollis Frampton - Carl Andre, Peter Hujar - Paul Thek, Eustachy Kossakowski - Edward Krasiński, János Vető - Tibor Hajas, Žarko Vijatović - Tomislav Gotovac, Gwenn Thomas - Joan Jonas, Gwenn Thomas - Jack Smith, Babette Mangolte - Yvonne Rainer, Shunk-Kender - Pier 18.

The nine stories told by this exhibition each concern the meeting of a photographer and an artist. Their collaboration was sometimes one-off, sometimes it would last for years, but it always resulted in common fruit: a work of art, a process, a shared world. We are interested in the working experience of these “accomplices”, and how their collaboration shaped the work that was being created.

The stories take place ‘around 1970’ – and nominally from the late 1950s to the end of the century. The year 1970 is a conventional dividing line used to denote a change that art underwent at the time: artists stopped creating traditional objets d’art and switched to process- or event-based projects. Photography played an important role in these experiments as a means of both expression and documentation, and photographers were artist’s inevitable partners. Their role wasn’t limited to just recording, they weren’t only an extension of the documenting camera – very often the process of exchange between the photographer and the artist was highly complex and determined the project’s ultimate shape. Both parties had to ask themselves: How do I learn about my own practice by following another artist’s idea? How are two ideas realised in a single work? What does it mean to work within limits defined by another artist?

Emotions played an important role in the photographer-artist relationships the exhibition deals with; the partners were often friends, sometimes lovers, and in numerous cases their collaboration lasted many years. Important things happened not only in space defined as artistic, but also ‘off screen’, in private space.

The exhibition presents some of the most interesting representatives of experimental art from New York: the legendary artist and director Jack Smith, the collaboration between photographer and director Babette Mangolte with choreographer, performer and artist Yvonne Rainer, the dialogue between photographer and director Hollis Frampton and Carl Andre, the relationship between friends and lovers Paul Thek (artist) and Peter Hujar (photographer), as well as one of the most important Conceptual Art exhibitions in the form of photographic documentation – Projects: Pier 18, in which the work of 27 young artists, today classic figures of the genre, were documented by two photographers, Harry Shunk and János Kender. We are also showing three highly original examples of photographer-artist collaboration from Central Europe: Hungarian artist Tibor Hajas’s photographic sessions with photographer János Vető, the relationship between Tomislav Gotovac and photographer Žarko Vijatović, and the collaboration between Edward Krasiński and Eustachy Kossakowski.

The exhibition will be accompanied by lectures (Babette Mangolte, Branden Joseph, Juan Suarez) and film screenings (e.g. Yvonne Rainer, Tom Chomont, Jack Smith).

Project co-funded by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage.


The third room. Der dritte raum. Trze­ci pokoj

Kunst­hal­le Düs­sel­dorf / Mu­ze­um Sztu­ki No­wo­czes­nej Wars­zawie

Curated by Barbara Piwowarska and Magdalena Holzhey

The Kunst­hal­le Düs­sel­dorf and the Mu­se­um of Mo­dern Art in War­saw are col­la­bo­ra­ting on joint ex­hi­bi­ti­ons to be held as part of the North Rhi­ne-West­pha­lia Cul­tu­ral Sea­son in Po­land 2011/2012. The pro­ject aims to crea­te to a third “space” ari­sing from the dia­lo­gue bet­ween the two ex­hi­bi­ti­ons.

The in­itia­tors see the pro­ject as a la­bo­ra­to­ry or “ex­er­cise” in which they ho­pe to shed light on the par­al­lels in the his­to­ri­cal tra­di­ti­ons of the art aca­de­mies in Düs­sel­dorf and War­saw. Bo­th aca­de­mies play­ed a pionee­ring ro­le in the de­ve­lop­ment of al­ter­na­ti­ve forms of teaching in the 1960s and 1970s, re­pre­sen­ted by Jo­seph Beuys and his “so­ci­al sculp­tu­re” con­cept and “ex­ten­ded de­fi­ni­ti­on of art” in Düs­sel­dorf and by Os­kar Han­sen and his theo­ry and prac­tice of “Open Form” in War­saw.

The two si­te-spe­ci­fic in­stal­la­ti­ons ta­ke the spe­cial ar­chi­tec­tu­ral fea­tures and pro­por­ti­ons of the cor­re­spon­ding spaces in Düs­sel­dorf and War­saw in­to ac­count. A speci­fic si­tua­ti­on ty­pi­cal of Os­kar Han­sen’s class­room in War­saw will be recrea­ted in Düs­sel­dorf, whi­le in War­saw an ar­chi­tec­tu­ral space will be crea­ted that makes re­fe­rence to the two rooms Beuys used (rooms 19 and 20) at the aca­de­my in Düs­sel­dorf. Bo­th rooms will thus ser­ve as (re­al and me­ta­pho­ri­cal) ex­hi­bi­ti­on and production spaces for the selec­ted ar­tists, car­ry­ing on or brea­king wi­th cer­tain tra­di­ti­ons and en­te­ring in­to a dia­lo­gue wi­th each other.

Fea­turing works by Josiah McElheny, Imi Knoebel, Blinky Palermo, Edward Krasiński, Reiner Ruthenbeck, Joseph Beuys, Oskar Hansen, KwieKulik / Zofia Kulik, Grzegorz Kowalski, Paweł Althamer, Grupa Nowolipie, Artur Żmijewski, Anna Niesterowicz, Łukasz Gutt, Anna Molska, Angela Fette, Pash Buzari, Sigmar Polke, Gerhard Richter, Stefan Höller, Isa Genzken, Ulrike Rosenbach, Klaus Rinke, Katharina Sieverding, Franz Erhard Walther, Prot Jarnuszkiewicz and Colin Lang.

Image: Jack Smith Untitled, 1958-1962/2011 © Estate of Jack Smith

Press contact
Malwina Kusmierowska phone +48 22 5964010 fax +48 22 5964022

Opening of the exhibition: 17 November (Thursday), at 19.00
Finissage: January 17 (Saturday), at 19.00

Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw
ul. Panska 3 Poland, Warsaw
open, Tuesday-Sunday 12h00-20h00
admittance free

Honorata Martin
dal 4/7/2015 al 4/7/2015

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