lunedì 20 giugno 2011



Based on Caravaggio's "Medusa"

C215 / Street Artist from Jerome de Gerlache on Vimeo.

Directed by Jérôme de Gerlache

photo coutesy C215

venerdì 17 giugno 2011



The Power of Fantasy

Modern and Contemporary Art from Poland

BOZAR ou le Palais des Beaux-Arts de Bruxelles

24 June 2011 - 18 September 2011

This major exhibition gathers many of the most significant works of contemporary art from Poland by a generation of artists who have made their careers since the fall of communism in the country in 1989. More than 30 internationally renowned artists such as Monika Sosnowska, Wilhelm Sasnal, Piotr Uklański, Katarzyna Kozyra, and Robert Kuśmirowski featured in the show.

Entitled ‘The Power of Fantasy’, the exhibition sets out to show how the fantastic and the magical, the mad and the absurd have been powerful themes in contemporary Polish art. With works of art which explore the full potential of the imagination, the show reveals a culture full of intense visions and strange dreams.

These themes also provide connections between 20th century modern art in Poland and the practice of contemporary artists since 1989. The exhibition puts contemporary artworks in the company of iconic masterpieces by celebrated artists like Tadeusz Kantor, Magdalena Abakanowicz and Bruno Schulz. 

In total, The Power of Fantasy features almost 200 works of art, some especially commissioned for this exhibition including a work of wall art being made in situ by street artist, Mariusz Waras (M-CITY). Other major works are being shown outside Poland for the first time. The Power of Fantasy is the most comprehensive exhibition of contemporary Polish art since the end of communism.

The artworks are not ordered by chronology, but are organized thematically in different chapters. Key themes include absurdity in everyday life; history and memory; the image of the hero; madness and absurdity; surreal landscapes; the militant imagination; the art of saying no.

Fantasy takes a variety of forms. In the work of neo-surrealist painter Julian Jakub Ziółkowski as well as the Baroque filmic fantasies of Katarzyna Kozyra, it is conveyed in feverish excess. For other artists, it is the former socialist environment – much disparaged in the popular imagination – which has power to stimulate the imagination. As art, ordinary towns and streets can become a magic world containing many overlooked possibilities and unfulfilled potential. Concrete housing blocks and public buildings become playgrounds of the imagination in the work of Monika Sosnowska, Julita Wójcik and Jarosław Kozakiewicz.

For this generation of artists, like others before them, fantasy has not been a way of escaping reality but of challenging it. Largely born in the late 1960s and 1970s, they have crossed two worlds: their childhoods and youth were lived in the People’s Republic of Poland, whilst their careers have been made in democratic Poland. Their work is inflected by a contrarianism that cast doubt on both. In this way – artists like Artur Żmijewski and Zbigniew Libera – sustain a tradition of dissent and critical reflection which is deeply-rooted in Polish culture.  

Polish artists are deeply interested in the ways in which history can be folded into the present. Robert Kuśmirowski’s iconic work, ‘DOM’, a C19th graveyard will be recreated in the show. The exhibition also features a room of works of Wilhelm Sasnal – one of the greatest painters of the age – addressing the figure of the hero.  

The fantastic can also be shaped out the ordinary. Hardship, bureaucracy and censorship have not been entirely negative experiences for Poland, at least in the sense that they have stimulated a remarkable resourcefulness in the nation. Poles have a talent of being able to make anything out of nothing. In the 1950s Leopold Tyrmand writing called this capacity ‘Applied Fantasy’. Today artists continue to tap this resourcefulness: Paweł Althamer works with the elderly neighbours and teenage ‘homeboys’ from Bródno, an unloved suburb in Warsaw, to create art or as he calls it a ‘wspólna sprawa’ (‘common task’). A monumental sculptural collective self-portrait, ‘Bródno People’, made by Althamer and his neighbours will feature in the exhibition.  

Other young artists demonstrate extraordinary, even perverse resourcefulness. Jan Simon, for instance, combines approaches technology like a craftsman, making electronic objects from scratch. Maciek Kurak has commented on the talent for ‘Applied Fantasy’ in a piece called ‘Fifty-Fifty’ in which a Polish FIAT car – on its back – seems to drive a sewing machine. 

The exhibition is accompanied by 160 page, fully illustrated book published under the same title from Prestel.

Curators: David Crowley, Zofia Machnicka, dr Andrzej Szczerski

Exhibition organized as part of I, CULTURE – the International Cultural Programme of the Polish Presidency of the European Union Council.


more info: click here

interview with curator: click here

8. A number of brand new works have also been commissioned?With a budget for a big exhibition like this, you have a unique opportunity to commission new work. We asked a few young artists who are on the cusp of something very interesting to create some works for specific spaces within the gallery. For example for the circular space at the entrance of the exhibition we asked street artist Mariusz Waras (M-CITY) to create a work in situ. 

sabato 11 giugno 2011

Urban painting's Party - domenica 12 giugno ore 19 - La fata verde - Agrate brianza


Urban painting's party
Domenica 12 giungo 2011
Dalle ore 19 presso "La fata verde"
Via talete, 2 (via offellera) - Agrate brianza
ingresso libero

Live painting con Neve e Orticanoodles
Mostra collettiva di street art
DJ set

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giovedì 2 giugno 2011


Live painting & street art group show
12 GIUGNO 2011
dalle ore 19 alle ore 2
La Fata Verde- Via Talete 2a - Cascian Offellera - Agrate Brianza 
Ingresso Libero

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