Katja Strunz Zeittraum#9 fur Władysław Strzemiński
"Katja Strunz Zeittraum #9 für Władysław Strzemiński" is a publication accompanying the exhibition Afterimages of Life. Władysław Strzemiński and Rights for Art, which took place at Muzeum Sztuki in Łódź (30 November 2010 – 27 February 2011). The exhibition curators - Jarosław Lubiak and Paulina Kurc-Maj – invited a German artist Katja Strunz, who re-works the topic of the avant-garde in her art, to cooperate with them on the exhibition. Thanks to Strunz's intervention: a design of the exhibition architecture, we were presented with a new dimension, a new commentary of Strzemiński's works. Strunz, using the letters of the alphabet created by Strzemiński in the beginning of the 1930s, arranged the word “Zeittraum”, which defines the space of the exhibition. This neologism, inspired by Walter Benjamin's philosophy of history, whose basis is the noun “Zeitraum” (a period of time, lit. A space of time), thanks to doubling the letter “t” gained an additional dimension for interpretation referring to the word “Traum” (dream).
According to Barbara Kuon, „owing to the installation the artist managed to save Władysław Strzemiński's work from the passage of time – save it from being locked in history of art, from drowning in automated perception, save Strzemiński's revolutionary artistic vision from fading away, save the effect of radical boredom he created from disappearing. The word 'Zeittraum' fully affects the recipients of the installation and Strzemiński's works hidden within it without the knowledge of the meaning of the word or even of the fact that it is about a word at all. However, the reader of this text will undoubtedly understand the connection between Strzemiński, Benjamin and Strunz, who made a similar saving gesture: they jumped out of time.”
The catalogue contains photographic documentation of the exhibition and reproductions of Władysław Strzemiński and Katja Strunz's works.
Authors: Barbara Kuon, Jarosław Lubiak
Editor: Jarosław Lubiak
Graphic design: Christian Wurster
Publishers: Muzeum Sztuki in Łódź, Koenig Books
Publication place and year: Łódź 2011
Languages: Polish, German, English