Notes from the Underground
ms², Ogrodowa 19
22 September 2016 – 8 January 2017
The exhibition will tell a story about underground music and arts and the relationships between music and visual arts in the states of the former Eastern Block. It originates from the surveys whose results were published in 2012 in Muzeum Sztuki in Łódź at the exhibition ‘Sounding the Body Electric’. The exhibition was designed to shift stress pattern in the history of sound art dominated by Western European artists. It also revealed further empty fields that called for being filled in. The works of the generation connected with such musical genres, like: psychedelic rock, free improv, punk rock, and industrial still require systematic studies. The same can be said about links between these artists and visual arts. Visitors will see, inter alia, a rich body of documentation of performances, sound installations and zins from the period 1968—1995. The journey into the past will also be guaranteed by tape recorder cassettes and vinyl LPs. Viewers will trace common elements of dispersed projects in the states of the Eastern Block. Effects may be rather surprising.
ZERO 61 Group
ms1, Więckowskiego 36
7 October 2016 – January 2017
The exhibition will present some of the works of the group whose phenomenon consists in, e.g., many years of creative work and artistic coherence. The Zero 61 Group was active over the years 1961—1969 in Toruń. Its membership evolved and in various years it included: Wojciech Bruszewski, Roman Chomicz, Roman Dąbek, Michał Kokot, Czesław Kuchta, Antoni Mikołajczyk, Lucjan Oczkowski, Józef Robakowski, Andrzej Różycki, Jan Siennik, Jerzy Wardak, and Wiesław Wojczulanis. The members of the group made artistic statements primarily in the form of photographic images going beyond the borders of photography in its traditional understanding. They experimented with parameters of photographic processes, used photomontages to make their works symbolic. Besides photography and photo-objects, viewers will see publications, photographic and film documentation of the activities of the group, also the material relating to the famous exhibition in the so called ‘old smithy’ presented in 1969 in Toruń. The exhibition will be accompanied by the first monograph devoted to the group.
Moved Bodies. Choreographies of Modernity
ms1, Więckowskiego 36
18 November 2016 – February 2017
For the first time ever in the history of Muzeum Sztuki in Łódź, the viewers will be presented with an exhibition that will be the effect of a collaborative effort of a curator and a set designer working for opera houses and theatres. The point of departure for this exhibition is the question about bodily and movement-related experiences of modernity connected with Katarzyna Kobro’s sculpture theory and practice that will engage the viewer and impact not only her/his sight. For the time of the exhibition the space of the museum will become a stage for visitors. A viewer who takes on the role of an actor will be invited to enter into multi-sensual contact with the works of art displayed in a specifically designed set. The most important exhibition space — Władysław Strzemiński’s Neoplastic Room — will be filled with sounds of music and the viewers will be able to contemplate the artworks in any position – even when lying down. The space, also performing the function of a reading room, will be visitor-friendly. The exposition will present, inter alia, nowadays recorded excerpts from theoretical texts by Katarzyna Kobro, also archives, photos and large prints with the dance female revolutionaries as their protagonists. This exhibition is not just to be seen but also to be touched and heard. Performance-like events and movement workshops in, e.g., eurhythmics will make an inherent part of the exhibition based on rich archive materials.
The Museum of Rhythm
ms1, Więckowskiego 36
25 November 2016 – February 2017
Rhythm is one among hidden trends of modernity. The exhibition, by making references to the writings of Henri Lefebvre, Katarzyna Kobro, and Władysław Strzemiński, will tell us about this unobvious yet fundamental notion of modernism. For the needs of the exposition, rhythm will be treated as an abstract term, the foundation of considerations on very distant issues, such as planetary cycles or work organisation. The Project is designed not just to present rhythms but also to create them. Viewers – guided by the movement skills of their bodies dictated by the exhibition route – will become its part. The exhibition will show, inter alia, documentaries and feature films excerpts, transcribed music notation, inventions and objects used in various cultures to delineate, e.g., the rhythm of daily routine. It will also address the rhythm of contemporary cities. The Project, which in 2012 made a part of the Taipei Biennial, was initiated by Natasha Ginwala. It will be presented to the visitors of Muzeum Sztuki in Łódź in a framework expanded with new elements.