Exhibitions Planned for 2018


Red Matter. Nadia Léger


ms1, Więckowskiego 36, ground floor

25 May – 9 September 2018

Curators: Ewa Opałka and Karolina Zychowicz

The exhibition has a character of both a curatorial and a research intervention in three historical exhibition contexts related to the key art institutions in Poland initiated by Nadia Léger. It shows the complexity of the relationship between the Polish and the Parisian avant-garde, both before and after the Second World War, while at the same time highlighting the tensions between art and political engagement and its dogmatization after World War II. One of the themes that it covers is the phenomenon of the transition of avant-garde artists, those operating in the realities of the post-war Eastern Bloc and Western Europe equally, into positions of socialist realism. In this context, it presents the artist herself and her identity strategies - Nadia Léger (Wanda Chodasiewicz-Grabowska) - a unique and extremely influential personality of her time.


Peer-to-Peer. Collective Practices in New Art

ms2, Ogrodowa 19, ground floor

8 June – 28 October 2018

Curator: Agnieszka Pindera

The topic which the exhibition focuses on is collective practices. The exhibition presents a catalogue of contemporary methods of collective work that are being developed among the youngest generation of European artists. It shows the activities of various artistic groups, as well as interdisciplinary initiatives implemented, inter alia, in a public space, such as the Internet and publishing effort. The project refers to the history of avant-garde movements, in which collaborative work was one of the main ways that allowed crossing the borders of traditional approach to practicing art.


Shapeshifting. Eisenstein as Method

ms1, Więckowskiego 36, 1st floor

22 June – 21 September 2018

Curators: Aleksandra Jach and Tomasz Majewski

2018 commemorates the 120th anniversary of the birth and the 70th anniversary of the death of Sergey Eisenstein. Since that time, however, there has been a revival of interest in his less-known works and a far-reaching change in the way the artist's output used to be interpreted. In this respect, the publication of an unfinished theoretical work entitled The Methods played a crucial part, as thanks to it Eisenstein ceased to be seen solely as a film-maker and theoretician. The Methods, which is also a starting point for the exhibition in Łódź, is a collection of texts, extracts, drafts and various languages entries -  all comprising several thousand pages. The aim of the exhibition is to present Eisenstein as a multidisciplinary artist and theoretician whose main ideas make up a dialogue  with psychoanalysis on the one hand, and on the other, with some important and basic methods of ordering iconographic material, such as Aby Warburg's Mnemosyne Atlas.


Avant-garde and the State

ms1, Więckowskiego 36, all floors

26 October 2018 - February 2019

Curators: Dorota Monkiewicz and the curatorial team

The exhibition and the research project are aimed at looking at the attitudes of Polish artists towards the state apparatus over the period of time covering the 20th and 21st centuries. The politicalness of avant-garde art has been proclaimed many times, but it was also attributed to various ideologies. Versions of political order oscillated between some utopian realizations and the pragmatism of real politics. The variety of presented works, being an expression of different ideologies, outlines a full scale of political attitudes - from leftist to right-wing ones, with particular emphasis on the anarchist attitudes. One of the goals of the project will be to analyse art in terms of political potentials of artistic activities.


The Great War

(working title)

ms2, Ogrodowa 19, ground floor

23 November 2018 – March 2019

Curators: Paulina Kurc-Maj, Paweł Polit, Anna Saciuk-Gąsowska and the curatorial team

The First World War, called the Great War by its contemporaries, changed not only the ideas of ​​what the effects of military conflicts might be, but also regrouped the balance of forces and introduced new borders in Europe, giving an awaited sovereignty to several countries, including Poland. At the same time, its political consequences, related to the fall of the European empires, economic problems and social unrest, led first to the development of communism and then fascism, which were pushing for yet another armed confrontation. As the first conflict embracing the world and radically changing the face of it, the Great War also left a huge social impact and had a significant influence on art, becoming a catalyst for important avant-garde phenomena. The panoramic exhibition consists of the works of Polish and foreign artists, as well as documents from the era, which present either an affirmative attitude to the war, or express horror and condemnation of it. The aim of the exhibition is not only to show the impact the hecatomb of the First World War had on the way the artists saw the world but also to indicate the consequences of it, which contributed to the creation of modern culture.




Notes from the Underground

Akademie der Künste, Berlin

March 2018

Curators: David Crowley, Daniel Muzyczuk

The exhibition is a re-edition of the exposition of the same title presented at the Muzeum Sztuki at the turn of 2016 and 2017. It is also an attempt to develop the topic previously taken on when accompanying the project called Sounding the Body Electric. It focuses on the work of a generation associated with such musical trends as: psychedelic music, free improv, punk rock or industrial music, and their relationships with the visual arts. It is a collection of previously strongly diffused material which recorded activities drawing on the visual arts and music of the Eastern Bloc underground between 1968 and 1995.


Katarzyna Kobro and Władysław Strzemiński. Vanguard Prototypes.

Moderna Musset in Malmö

10 March –  2 September 2018

Curator: Jarosław Suchan

The monographic exhibition presenting the works of two most imminent artists of the interwar avant-garde is a continuation of the exposition called Kobro y Strzeminski. Prototipos vanguardistas exhibited in Museo Reina Sofia in Madrid in 2017. Its aim is to show the significance of Kobro’s and Strzemiński’s achievements and their influence in Europe. It is also an attempt to expose the originality of the artistic concepts of both artists. The methodological key to reinterpret this work is the idea of the prototype.


Katarzyna Kobro et Władysław Strzemiński

Centres G. Pompidou, Paris

24 October 2018 - 14 January 2019

Curators: Karolina Lewandowska, Jarosław Suchan

The largest so far presentation of the art of Kobro and Strzemiński in France is also a project aimed at extracting from this heritage the elements less exhibited before and  associated on one side with corporeality, on the other - with a special way of appreciation Man as a species creature. The exhibition will be built on tensions between positivism, perceived as the ideological context of this work, and the “recurring” moments of non-rationalist thought.


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