Władysław Strzemiński. Readability of Images International conference on the works of Władysław Strzemiński (1893-1952)

The conference is the result of the retrospective exhibition Afterimages of Life. Władysław Strzemiński And Rights for Art presented at Muzeum Sztuki in Łódź, in winter 2010/2011. It is the first international academic session devoted to Strzemiński’s oeuvre since 1994.
Similarly to the exhibition, the conference will be a kind of a subsequent image of the work of the outstanding modernist artist. It will provide the participants with an in-depth analysis of Strzemiński’s works, aiming at revealing the multidimensional character of the solutions he proposed. The presentations included in the conference will place the artist’s work in complex historical and theoretical contexts, thus revealing the critical points in Strzemiński’s artistic practice and his theory of image. The selected works of Władysław Strzemiński will be interpreted by outstanding researchers of modernism from France, Israel, Poland, Russia, the USA and Great Britain. The conference programme has been arranged – by analogy to the structure of the exhibition – in accordance with the four thematic threads: rules of construction of a work, architectonisation of life, afterimages of death and rights for art.

Conference participants: Jean-François Chevrier (France), Ekaterina Degot (Russia), Mick Finch (Great Britain), Łukasz Kiepuszewski (Poland), Esther Levinger (Israel), Steven Mansbach (USA), John Milner (Great Britain), Luiza Nader (Poland), Michael Newman, (Great Britain), Brandon Taylor (Great Britain), Andrzej Turowski (France/ Poland)

Curators: Jarosław Suchan, Paweł Polit

PROGRAMME:

13 October 2011 (Thursday)

10.00 Welcome and introduction: Jarosław Suchan, Paweł Polit

I. Rights for Art and the Architectonisation of Life
Chair: Jarosław Lubiak

10.20 Jarosław Lubiak (Muzeum Sztuki, Łódź), Presentation of the exhibition Afterimages of Life. Władysław Strzemiński and the Rights for Art
10.50 Ekaterina Degot (Rodchenko Moscow School of Photography and Multimedia), Design of the Wallpainting for the Savoy Hotel, 1950: Awkward Compromise Or Anticipation of the Future?
11.30 Steven Mansbach (University of Maryland), Strzemiński’s Textual Radicalism
12.10 Discussion
Break

II. Afterimages of Death
Chair: Katarzyna Bojarska

15.00 Esther Levinger (University of Haifa), With the Ruins of Demolished Eye Sockets…: Photography and History
15.40 Andrzej Turowski (University of Burgundy, Dijon), Władysław Strzemiński’s Nocturnes
16.20 Luiza Nader (University of Warsaw), Affect and Remembering. To My Friends, the Jews by Władysław Strzemiński
17.00 Discussion

14 October 2011 (Friday)

III. Rules of Construction of a Work
Chair: Tomasz Załuski

10.00 Jean-François Chevrier (École nationale supérieure des Beaux-Arts, Paris), Picture, Image of the Body, History
10.40 Mick Finch (Central Saint Martins College of Arts and Design, London), Synthetic Composition 1, 1923: Some Possible Constellations
11.20 Łukasz Kiepuszewski (Adam Mickiewicz University’s, Poznań) Drift of a Painting: Seascape of 25 July 1934
12.00 Michael Newman (Goldsmiths College, London), Repetition and Difference in Strzeminski's Unistic Compositions
Break
14.30 Brandon Taylor (Southampton University), Strzemiński and Ourselves: Construction in Painting Now
15.10 Discussion

The conference will be held in Polish and English, simultaneous interpretation will be provided.

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