"Able Hand". Meeting with project's artists and curators

ms², Ogrodowa 19, audiovisual room
25 April 2017, Tuesday, at 18:00 hrs, admission free

As part of the exhibition “Atlas of Modernity. The 20th and 21st Century Art Collection” Muzeum Sztuki in Łódź currently presents a painting on paper by Moshe Kupferman, an Israeli-Polish artist. The painting got included in the Muzeum Sztuki collection back in 1993 following a big monograph solo exhibition of the artist entitled “Moshe Kupferman. Works on Paper” curated by Yona Fisher and Jaromir Jedliński. The exhibition was on show in parallel at Muzeum Sztuki and in Ujazdowski Castle Centre for Contemporary Art [CSW Zamek Ujazdowski] in Warsaw. On this occasion Kupferman visited Poland for the first time after the war when he emigrated to Germany and then to Israel where he founded the Lohamei HaGeta’ot kibbutz. At that time in Łódź he met Marek Chlanda, who became his guide to post-transformation Poland. Time spent together grew into a long-lasting friendship between the two artists.

More than two years ago curators Ewa Łączyńska-Widz and Piotr Stasiowski visited Marek Chlanda in his studio in Krakow. He told them about how he met Kupferman. They learnt that Moshe was born in 1926 in Jarosław in Podkarpacie – the fact no one in the city remembered - which inspired the two curators to try to bring back the artist into collective memory and to present his works in Poland.   The project titled “Able Hand” was implemented in Kupferman’s home city of Jarosław but also in Tarnów and  Gdańsk. It triggered memories, histories, a series of meetings and contacts between Poland and Israel. During the meeting in Łódź project curators together with artists involved in it: Magdalena Burdzyńska, Przemysław Branas, Kaja Gliwa, and Jadwiga Sawicka will present  the stages of the project and tell us about the inspiration they have taken from Kupferman’s life and oeuvre.  

Moshe Kupferman – (b. 1926), his parents owned a Men and Children’s Apparel Store. He attended Hebrew school of Tarbut and celebrated his Bar Mitzvah less than a month before the war broke out.  In 1941 together with his family he was exiled to camps in Kazakhstan and Urals. After WWII he first came back to Poland but then quickly emigrated to Germany where he joined the  Dror Israeli Youth Movement and lived in a camp for displaced persons. In 1948 he left for Israel where he was one of the founders of the Lahamei HaGeta’ot kibbutz. He worked there as a brick layer but also developed his talent in painting. His remarkable achievements in painting resulted in a series of solo exhibitions in institutions such as: the Israel Museum in Jerusalem, Haifa Museum of Art, Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam, Nationalmuseum in Stockholm, Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris, and the Museum of Jewish Art and History in Paris. His works were also presented at many group exhibitions, e.g.: XLII Venice Biennale, Worcester Art Museum in the United States or in The Jewish Museum in New York. In Poland his works were on show in the Muzeum Sztuki in Łódź, Ujazdowski Castle Centre for Contemporary Art, and in Zachęta National Gallery of Art. He died on 20 June 2003 in the Lahamei HaGeta’ot kibbutz.


Marek Chlanda – (b. 1954) draftsman, graphic artist, sculptor, installations artist, performer. Chlanda Studied at the Graphic Arts Department of the Academy of Fine Arts in Krakow and graduated in 1978. His works were on show at solo exhibitions in, inter alia, Galleri Kanal 2 in Copenhagen, Muzeum Sztuki in Łódź, Budapest Galeria in Budapest, and Tel Aviv Museum of Art. He also took part in group exhibitions, such as: 11 Biennale de Paris in Musee d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, Art Gallery of New South Wales in Sydney, Third Eye Centre in Glasgow, Kunstlerhaus Bethanien in Berlin, 22  Bienal de Sao Paulo, and The First Gwangju Biennale. He resides in Krakow.

Magdalena Burdzyńska – (b. 1977) painter and graphic designer, author of visual identity books and exhibition layouts. She graduated from the Department of Painting of the Academy of Fine Arts in Krakow. Burdzyńska took part in exhibitions in Poland and abroad. She collaborated, inter alia, with the Ujazdowski Castle Centre for Contemporary Art, BWA Dizajn Art Gallery in Wrocław, BWA [Contemporary Art Galleries] in Zielona Góra, Starter Gallery, Institute of Design in Kielce, Centrum Architektury [Architecture Centre], Adam Mickiewicz University, Goethe-Institut, Tygodnik Powszechny weekly, and Recognition Records. Since 2013 she has been cooperating with BWA Contemporary Art Galleries in Tarnów.

Przemysław Branas – (b. 1987) graduated from the Faculty of Intermedia at the Academy of Fine Arts in Krakow. In 2008 he graduated from the Schools of Fine Arts in Jarosław. Currently a PhD student at Interdisciplinary PhD Studies at the University of Arts in Poznań. He took part in, e.g., Embodied Action festival (Hong Kong, 2016),GUYU ACTION Performance Art Festival (China, 2016), Polish Performance Night (Le Lieu Gallery, Quebec, 2014). Author of solo exhibitions: Hiccups at Krakow  Photomonth Festival (MOCAK, Kraków, 2014), Praca-technika [Work-Techniques](Project Room, Ujazdowski Castle for Contemporary Art, 2016). He received a scholarship from the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage (2013). Branas was awarded the Grey House Szara Kamienica Foundation prize (2015); resides in Jarosław.

Kaja Gliwa – (b. 1984) independent graphic designer, author of visual identity branding of cultural events and publications. Gliwa has cooperated, e.g., with BWA Contemporary Art Galleries in Tarnów, Ujazdowski Castle Centre for Contemporary Art, Zachęta – National Gallery of Art in Warsaw, and Czułość [Tenderness] Gallery. She comes from Jarosław where she graduated from State Secondary School of Fine Arts (2004); a graduate of the Graphic Arts Department of the Academy of Fine Arts in Krakow (2010).  Gliwa received a scholarship from Weißensee Kunsthochschule in Berlin (Germany). She is a laureate of the Projekt Roku [Design of the Year] Contest 2012 in Debut category organised by the Polish Association of Graphic Designers. In 2010 she co-founded New Roman gallery and collective. By her involvement in graphic design she indirectly continues her family tradition. Marek Gliwa, her father, made his first designs together with his father Stanisław. Under the supervision of her parents Gliwa made first steps in design in local family business Szyldy TeaM Sroka & Gliwa [Signboards TeaM Sroka & Gliwa]. Under the Able Hand project she designed Moshe Kupferman’s commemorative plaque on his family house.

Ewa Łączyńska-Widz – (b. 1983) art historian, curator, writes about arts, director of BWA Contemporary Art Galleries in Tarnów. She received an internship from the Chinati Foudation (Marfa, USA), art collection in a desert. E. Łączyńska-Widz  co-edited (with Dawid Radziszewski)the book Tarnów. 1000 lat nowoczesności (Tarnów. 1000 Years of Modernity). She is a member of Board of the Polish Section of AICA; interested in mixing contemporary art with history and local contexts. In 2013 she started to collaborate with Marek Chlanda when they worked together on the Byliśmy [Once We Were] exhibition (curators: Anna Bujnowska, Dorota Krakowska) dedicated to the history of Jewish people in Tarnów.

Jadwiga Sawicka – (b. 1959) author of paintings, photographs, objects, and text installations;  famous for her recognisable “written painting”. Over the years 1979-1984 she studied at the Department of Painting at the Academy of Fine Arts in Krakow where she received a diploma under the supervision of Prof. Jerzy Nowosielski. She received Katarzyna Kobro Award in 2016. Her works were presented at numerous solo exhibitions, inter alia, “Forma wzywa do użycia” [Form Cries to Be Used] in Foksal Gallery in Warsaw, “Podatność materiałów” [Pliability of Materials] in Zachęta – National Gallery of Art in Warsaw and at group exhibitions, such as: “in Freiheit/endlich”[Freedom/at Last] in Staatliche Kunsthalle Baden-Baden in Germany, “Architectures of Gender - Contemporary Women's Art in Poland” in the Sculpture Center in New York, and “Distances?” Galerie Le Plateau in Paris. Sawicka resides in Przemyśl, works at the Faculty of Art of the University of Rzeszow and cooperates with BWA Contemporary Art Galleries in Warsaw.

Piotr Stasiowski – (b. 1980) curator, author of texts about art published in magazines and catalogues. Stasiowski graduated from the University of Wrocław and Postgraduate Curatorial Studies at the Jagiellonian University. Over the period 2006-2011 he run BWA Studio at BWA Contemporary Art Galleries in Wrocław;  in the years 2012-2014 he was the chief curator at Wrocław Contemporary Museum; since  2015 director at Gdansk City Gallery [Gdańska Galeria Miejska]. 

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