CRITICAL ASPECTS AND PERSPECTIVES OF POLISH ART AFTER 1989

Source reading, BBN-MÜV-340/c (spring semester 2014) Jan Elantkowski ELTE BTK, Institute of Art History Thursday: 12:00-13:30, MUK6-8. I/112.Fülep terem (Múzeum körút 6-8) jan.elantkowski@gmail.com
KRITIKAI NÉZŐPONTOK ÉS PERSPEKTÍVÁK AZ 1989 UTÁNI LENGYEL MŰVÉSZETBEN

Forrásolvasás, BBN-MÜV-340/c (2013/2014 tavaszi félév) Jan Elantkowski ELTE BTK, Művészettörténeti Intézet Csütörtök: 12:00-13:30, MUK6-8.I/112.Fülep terem jan.elantkowski@gmail.com

Course description: The aim of this seminar is to introduce chosen critical aspects of contemporary art from Poland after 1989 and to reveal its special character. The choice of the timeframe is hardly accidental, since it refers to the Polish art created after the transition, in a country free of socialistic regime.

During the first class an introduction to the contemporary Polish art will take place; the lecturer shall also present a short outline of the main goals of the seminar and discuss topics of particular classes. There is one topic scheduled for each class and a short presentation of an article assigned

will be given by a student during each class (around 20-30 minutes long, depending on the topic). Every presentation will be followed by a discourse by the lecturer which shall provide a broader context and deeper understanding of the topic. The last part of each class will consist of an open discussion based on the article assigned to be read by all participants. All the texts will be located in the library or will be sent per e-mail in PDF format (to be determined). One of the classes will take place in the Platan Gallery of the Polish Institute (exhibition’s title and exact time to be announced). The seminar will be held in English, therefore good command of English is required. The condition to be classified will consist of the following factors: one presentation held during the course (to be delivered also in a written form until May, 8th); presence at classes (up to 3 missed classes are allowed); and active participation in the discussion.

SCHEDULE: February, 13th - Introduction, short presentation of the schedule Andrzej Paczkowski, Poland 1945-1999: Servility, Misfortune, Liberation, [in:] Lóránd Hegyi (curator), Bojana Pejić (in collaboration with), Aspects / Positions. 50 Years of Art in Central Europe 1949-1999, Museum Moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig Wien, Vienna, 1999, pp. 187-190 (not obligatory) Anda Rottenberg, Art in Poland 1949-1999, [in:] Lóránd Hegyi (curator), Bojana Pejić (in collaboration with), Aspects / Positions. 50 Years of Art in Central Europe 1949-1999, Museum Moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig Wien, Vienna, 1999, pp. 191-208 (not obligatory) Anda Rottenberg, Polish Art in the Light Of Freedom, [in:] Lengyelország, művészet 1945-1996: Műcsarnok, Szépművészeti Múzeum, Kortárs Művészeti Múzeum Ludwig Múzeum, Budapest, 1997, pp. 10-12 (not obligatory)

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February, 20th - Critical art in Poland - Izabela Kowalczyk, Critical Art. Selected Issues, [in:] Culture.pl, November 2006, http://www.culture.pl/web/english/resources-visual-arts-full-page//eo_event_asset_publisher/eAN5/content/critical-art-selected-issues - Carrying Buckets, Trotting Like Pigs. Artur Zmijewski interviews Katarzyna Kozyra + “Pyramid of Animals” by Katarzyna Kozyra: Letters and Articles [in:] Laura Hoptman,

Tomáš Pospiszyl (eds.), Primary Documents. A sourcebook for Eastern and Central European Art since the 1950s, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, The MIT Press, Massachusetts, and London, c2002, pp. 242-255

February, 27th - Seminar taking place at the Platan Gallery of the Polish Institute Exhibition’s title and exact time to be announced - http://polinst.hu/en/platan/kiallitasok

March, 6th – Memory/History: Artur Żmijewski Edit András (ed.), Transitland. Video Art from Central and Eastern Europe 1989-2009, Budapest: Ludwig Museum of Contemporary Art, 2009 (fragments) Karol Sienkiewicz, Artur Żmijewski, [in:] Culture.pl, http://www.culture.pl/web/english/resources-visual-arts-full-page//eo_event_asset_publisher/eAN5/content/artur-zmijewski , September 2009

March, 13th – Memory/History II Rafał Jakubowicz, Zbigniew Libera, Piotr Uklański, Wojciech Wilczyk Ernst van Alphen, Holocaust Toys: Pedagogy of Remembrance through Play, [in:] S. Hornstein, L. Levitt L.J. Silberstein (eds.), Impossible Images: Contemporary Art after the Holocaust, New York University Press, New York, 2003, pp. 157-178 Stephen C. Feinstein, Zbigniew Libera's Lego Concentration Camp: Iconoclasm in Conceptual Art About the Shoah, [in:] Other Voices, v.2, n.1 (February 2000), http://www.othervoices.org/2.1/feinstein/auschwitz.php Piotr Uklański, The Nazis, http://www.editionpatrickfrey.com/en/books/nazis-piotruklanski Zbigniew Libera on Raster, http://raster.art.pl/gallery/artists/libera/libera_lego.htm Piotr Piotrowski, Art and Democracy in Post-Communist Europe (chapters: History and Contemporaneity, Memory – fragments), Reaktion Books, London, 2012

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March, 20th – Body Piotr Piotrowski, Male Artist’s Body: National Identity vs. Identity Politics, [in:] Laura Hoptman, Tomas Pospiszyl (ed.), Primary Documents. A sourcebook for Eastern and Central European Art since the 1950s, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, The MIT Press, Massachusetts, and London, c2002, pp. 225-234 Agata Jakubowska, Body Art in Poland, [in:] Zdenka Badovinac (ed.), Body and the East: From the 1960s to the Present, The MIT Press, 1999, pp. 125-134

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March, 27th – Religion Izabela Kowalczyk, Kingdom: Dorota Nieznalska (exhibition catalogue), Galeria Piekary, Poznań, 2010 Agata Jakubowska, Posłuszeństwo: Dorota Nieznalska (exhibition catalogue), Stary Browar Gallery, Poznań, 2006 Marzena Guzowska (ed.), Wątki/Plots: Robert Rumas (exhibition catalogue), State Gallery of Art, Sopot, 1993 Paweł Leszkowicz, G. K. Collection #1. Kolekcja sztuki Grażyny Kulczyk/Art from Grażyna Kulczyk Collection (exhibition catalogue), Stary Browar Gallery, Kulczyk Foundation, Poznań, 2006 (Sala religijna/Religion)

April, 3rd - Art socially engaged Charles Esche, Paweł Althamer: A New Pied Piper, [in:] IRWIN (ed.), East Art Map. Contemporary Art and Eastern Europe, Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, University of the Arts London/Afterall, London, c2006, pp. 440-443 Joanna Rajkowska, Oxygenator. Grzybowski Square in Warsaw (video), http://artmuseum.pl/en/filmoteka/praca/rajkowska-joanna-dotleniacz-plac-grzybowski-wwarszawie

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April, 10th - “Women Art” in Poland Anna Baumgart, Elżbieta Jabłońska, Julita Wójcik - Izabela Kowalczyk, Visualizing the Mythical Polish Mother, [in:] Bojana Pejić (ed.), Gender Check: Reader. Art and Theory in Eastern Europe, Verlag der Buchhandlung Walther König, Cologne, 2010, pp. 213-219 - Charlotta Kotik, Post-Totalitarian Art: Eastern and Central Europe, [in:] Maura Reilly, Linda Nochlin (ed.), Global Feminism. New Directions in Contemporary Art, Merrell, London and New York, Brooklyn Museum, New York, 2007, pp. 153-165 - Małgorzata Jankowska (ed.), Anna Baumgart: Dostałam to od mamy/I got it from my mum (exhibition catalogue), Wozownia Gallery, Toruń, 2002 (fragments)

April, 24th – Groups Karol Sienkiewicz, Twożywo on Culture.pl, [in:] Culture.pl , http://culture.pl/en/artist/twozywo , November 2006 Karol Sienkiewicz, Ładnie Group on Culture.pl, [in:] http://culture.pl/en/artist/ladniegroup , December 2007 Azorro Group, http://raster.art.pl/gallery/artists/azorro/azorro.htm

May, 8th - Gay Art in Poland Karol Radziszewski, Exhibitions “Ars Homo Erotica” and “Gender Check” Paweł Leszkowicz, National Secret: Gay Art in Poland, [in:] Bojana Pejić (ed.), Gender Check: Reader. Art and Theory in Eastern Europe, Verlag der Buchhandlung Walther König, Cologne, 2010, pp. 245-249 Paweł Leszkowicz, Love and Democracy, [in:] Miłość i Demokracja/Love and Democracy, „Łaźnia” Center for Contemporary Art, Gdańsk, 2006, pp. 138-191

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May, 15th – Democracy / Summary, evaluation Piotr Piotrowski, Art and Democracy in Post-Communist Europe (chapter: Democracy after Communism – fragments), Reaktion Books, London, 2012