The Mezzanine Exhibition Cycle: Andrzej Partum Archive
Jacek Kryszkowski, Make hack-works not to get in sleeping, from the Andrzej Partum Archive (vol. 307), Muzeum Sztuki, Lodz.
The mezzanine exhibition is the first cross-sectional show of materials collected by Andrzej Partum in his private archive since the exhibitions organized by the artist himself in the 1970s. The exhibitions took place in a house at Poznańska Street 38 in Warsaw as part of the "Poetry Bureau" established by Partum. Thanks to his correspondence with artists from all over the world and exchange of works within the so-called "mail art," i.e. the activity using mail as an independent channel of art, in 1974 an overview of conceptual art could be seen on the walls of a private room in the attic, with works by its leading representatives: Robin Crozier (Great Britain), Robert Filliou (France), Klaus Groh (West Germany).
ms1, 36 Więckowskiego St, entrance from 43 Gdańska St
In the "Poetry Bureau", Krzysztof Zarębski experimented with sound and lumps of ice, who prepared, among others, an installation titled "Sound Freeze" as part of a solo show in the apartment-gallery. "Sound Freeze" literally consisted of a frozen fragment of a recording tape of an earlier recording. The artist's briefcase preserved photographs from the 1974 exhibition with author's annotations.
Horst Hahn sent one converted postcard daily to Partum's mailbox address, P.O.BOX 126, starting on the 15th day before the opening of his exhibition. The series was to complement the Warsaw show with the working title "Köln grüßt Warschau" in 1976.
In 1977, the "Poetry Bureau" prepared the Visual Text Congress Program. The one-day event had an international character. Representatives of, among others, Polish, Czechoslovakian and Hungarian neo-avant-garde responded to Partum's invitation. The rented space of the Remont Gallery in Warsaw gathered, among others, Jiri Valoch, J.H. Kocman, Jan Wojnar, Tót Endre, Tóth Gabor, Jerzy Bereś, Zbigniew Warpechowski and representatives of the Film Form Workshop.
In the 1970s, alongside his exhibition activities, Partum wrote art programs, which he distributed through the mail. The archive preserves manifestos reproduced in dozens of copies, including Criticosystem of Art (1972), Principles of Monodic Art (1972), and Manifesto of the Insolent Art (1977), which was finally published in English by CAYC (Centro de Arte y Comunicación - founded in 1968 upon the initiative of Jorg Glusberg).
The most controversial, however, were the slogans sent out by Partum on postcards, including "this card is the place of your oblivion," "misunderstanding of the art gives an opportunity for another statement by the artist," and "you are ignorant of culture and art." Partum collected the responses of his adversaries in his archive. Partum used reprints of both artistic and official correspondence in catalogues and monographic studies of his works.
In 2020, the Andrzej Partum Archive was acquired by the Muzeum Sztuki, Lodz, as part of a grant from the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage for the development of the collection of 20th and 21st century art. Physically, the archive consists of 448 folders with handwritten description and in this form they constitute a unique edition, registered in the inventory of the Library of the Muzeum Sztuki.
The presentation of archival materials is available daily (mezzanine over the library in ms1), except Mondays and weekends, from 9AM-4PM and on Thursdays from 9AM-6PM.
Entry 1 PLN. You can also see the presentation with a ticket to the temporary exhibition in ms1.
The exhibition uses materials from the following folders from the Andrzej Partum Archive: Henryk Stażewski, Warsaw (vol. 127), Correspondence of the Poetry Bureau 1971/72/73/ domestic and private (vol. 456), Prints of the Poetry Bureau (vol. 268), Art Criticosystem 1972 (vol. 382), Jacek Kryszkowski, Warsaw (vol. 307), El Gallery – Art Laboratory. Time after Gerard Kwiatkowski (vol. 326), Jozef Robakowski, Lodz (vol. 134), Dick Higgins, USA (vol. 443), My Action - Action - You are Ignorant of Culture and Art. Responses of Adversaries 1974 (vol. 432), Introduction to non-drawings (vol. 438), Photographs of original works in BP archives (vol. 139), Kader Lagtaa, Morocco (vol. 13), Krzysztof Zarębski (vol. 108), Robin Crozier, England (vol. 247-248), Klaus Groh, West Germany (vol. 25, vol. 211), Horst Hahn, West Germany (vol. 187, vol. 229), Invitations to nationwide artistic and scientific and individual events: named and for the Poetry Bureau (vol. 271), Zbigniew Warpechowski, Lodz (vol. 33 ), Jiri Valoch, ÇSSR (vol. 242), J.H. Kocman (vol. 233), Jan Wojnar, ÇSSR (vol. 70), Tóth Gábor, Hungary - proposal for group exhibition, 1976 (vol. 96), Cayc, Argentina (Manifesto of Insolent Art) (vol. 339), Artpool' s Periodical Space c/o G. Galantai, Hungary (vol. 249), Niels Lomholt, Denmark (vol. 141), Foreign Correspondence. Invitations, Martial Law 1982 -1983 (vol. 329), Ewa Partum: Documentation of the Address Gallery (vol. 450), Iwona Lemke (vol. 314), Anna Banana, USA - Encyclopedia Bananica (vol. 28), Maria Waśko (vol. 383), Cavellini, Guglielmo Achille, Italia (vol. 413), David Zack (Canada Art Writers) (vol. 367), Vittore Baroni, Italia (vol. 425), Jerzy Truszkowski, Warsaw, Lublin, 1984 (vol. 325), Łódź Kaliska, Lodz (vol. 113).