Breakfast in the Museum Collection of Łódzkie Towarzystwo Zachęty Sztuk Pięknych [the Society for Encouragement of the Fine Arts in Łódź]
October 4th, 2006 - November 27th, 2006
This exhibition is a premiere presentation of a collection established within the National Program of Culture – “Znaki czasu 2004 – 2013” [“Signes of Time 2004 – 2013”].
Since between the wars, Muzeum Sztuki in Łódź has possessed the exceptional and inimitable in the world scale collection of the international art, which had marked out the direction of museum’s activity in its entire history of over 75 years. Considering it and the fact that Department of Photography and New Media was established in 1977 in the museum of Łódź as the first one in Poland, Encouragement in Łódź set itself an overriding goal to establish a collection, which would be complementary to the already existing collections, and which would particularly stress the newest new-media creation. Accomplishments of this creation are vestigially represented in the collection of Muzeum Sztuki in Łódź.
This definitely specified context had an essential influence on the choice of authors and works for the collection. Artists, who create works that consciously use capabilities of digital photography and video, found themselves in the center of interest. Though, the art that expresses itself in the spatial and sound forms is not forgotten, too. Works that in a clear way appeal to the places or artistic events, which took place in Łódź, has been also gained.
A cycle of photographs “Breakfast in the Museum” made by the off group “Łódź Kaliska” in 1999 is a spectacular work realized in the storage space of the Muzeum Sztuki. Multithreaded character of the work, which came into being according to the spirit of entertaining discourse with art works that are commonly known and favorite for the museum’s public – in this case with a favorite “Breakfast in the Open Air” by Eduard Manet – became an inspiration for the title of the presented exhibition. The exhibition is a contemporary dialog, discussion and commentary on current art in Poland. The other very important work connected with the place is “Unik” [“Dodge”] by Cezary Bodzianowski (2004) – record of the action of reading fragments from “A Theory of Vision” by Władysław Strzemiński at the old university building, where Strzemiński used to lecture. Today, this building is occupied by MPK [City Transport Company] and this work will be presented over there during the exhibition.
Collection of the Society for Encouragement of the Fine Arts in Łódź counts approximately the 50 newest works of 24 artists, which were created mainly during 2005 - 2006. In the collection, there are represented: Azorro Group, Krzysztof Bednarski, Cezary Bodzianowski, Artur Chrzanowski, Tomasz Ciecierski, Stanisław Dróżdż, Elżbieta Jabłońska, Zofia Kulik, Robert Kuśmirowski, Konrad Kuzyszyn, Przemysław Kwiek, Wojciech Leder, Dominik Lejman, Zbigniew Libera, Łódź Kaliska, Magdalena Moskwa, Jacek Niegoda, Anna Orlikowska, Wiktor Polak, Joanna Rajkowska, Józef Robakowski, cooperation of Wiesław Michalak, Jadwiga Sawicka, Jan Simon, Ryszard Waśko.
Activity of the Society, of which Bernard Kepler is the president, is supported by the commission of experts composed of: Dorota Jarecka – critic, Gazeta Wyborcza [Wyborcza Newspaper], Maria Morzuch – custodian of the Muzeum Sztuki in Łódź, Grzegorz Musiał – curator, Galeria 86, Dorota Monkiewicz – custodian of Zbiory Sztuki Nowoczesnej Muzeum Narodowego [the Collection of Modern Art of the National Museum] in Warsaw, Paweł Sosnowski – independent critic, inter alia curator of the Polish pavilion at the 50th Art Biennale in Venice.
The exhibition is accompanied by a catalogue with full photographic documentation of the collection, critical essays and biographic notes of the artists. Catalogue will be published during the exhibition.