British British Polish Polish
September 7 – November 15
Centre for Contemporary Art
The exhibition “British British Polish Polish” brings together Polish and British contemporary artists from the turn of the 1980s and 1990s. This was an important period for modern art in these countries with the Young British Artists in the UK and the Polish Critical Art group in Poland being the most prominent artist collectives in their respective countries.
Courtesy of British Council
Artwork from both countries will be exhibited together to show the difference in how simple human concerns such as death, love, violence and politics are viewed in two completely different places in Europe. In the late 1980s both countries experienced dynamic changes in their economy and politics. In the UK it was the “Big Bang” deregulation of financial markets, while in Poland it was the fall of communism.
Some 140 works from the most influential artists from both countries will be exhibited. In addition to pieces from the aforementioned period, works by contemporary artists from after the onset of the recent global economic crisis will also be on display. Notable names include Damien Hirst, Tracey Emin, Paweł Althamer and Katarzyna Kozyra.
“The presence of this new generation of artists in the exhibition prompts a set of questions: Do today’s emergent artists relate to, or react against, or simply ignore the legacy left by their predecessors? Is this an artistic legacy, or is it something broader: a context in which the public might experience, and consume, the work of art? Are we still in the ‘long 1990s’, or do we live in new, and uncharted, times?” the exhibition organizers ask in a press release.
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