The exhibition tops the Translocal. Museum as a Toolbox project, carried out by the Muzeum Sztuki as part of Creative Europe program. The institutions such as : Kunsthaus Graz (Austria), Kumu Art Museum in Tallinn (Estonia), MSU Zagreb (Croatia), Museion Bozen / Bolzano (Italy) and Muzeum Sztuki in Łódź, which are involved in the project, are challenged with questions about the future of a museum, its function, its form, or even the sense of its existence in general. The exhibition is also an attempt to analyse the potential of the museum’s collection in looking for new types of communication with viewers, and trying to find ways to engage them on unprecedented levels. Hence, the title of the Łódź exposition - FIND ART - indicating the exploration of non-standard ways of experiencing Art.
The originality and strength of the idea lies in its multidisciplinary nature. The activities undertaken by the institutions involved were primarily aimed at opening up to the needs of teenage audiences, which is exactly what the Muzeum Sztuki in Łódź intended and carried out by organising a series of workshops which combined educational, artistic and curatorial aspects. Łódź junior and high school students were invited to participate in the program. Sixteen pupils aged 15 to 17 had a chance not only to be the participants, but above all co-creators of the initiative.
During the workshops organised by the Education Department of the Muzeum Sztuki and Aldo Giannotti, the visiting Italian artist on residence under the project, young people had a chance to explore the subject of a museum as a place to meet the needs of teenage audiences. The ideas for revolutionizing the institution of the museum were expressed in provocative and witty slogans presented in the city space, the formula which was well known to the inhabitants of Łódź. Then, three of the slogans served the youth as an ideological basis for the exhibition. The motto : Find Art, and then two questions: When Does Contemporary Art Become Acient? and When Will We Be Able To Touch Everything in the Museum? were identified as the main problems and questions of teenage audiences towards the museum, categorizing and dividing the exposition into three parts.
The fact that it was a group of youngsters working with the museum team who created the curatorial concept of the exhibition, selected the works and designed the exhibition space is not only a new approach of the ms, but also a chance to look at the museum’s collection from a completely new perspective.
The exhibition will feature the works from the museum collection as well as, at the request of the participants, a presentation of the work by Karol Radziszewski.
Artists: Joseph Beuys, Jan Hamilton Finlay, Władysław Hasior, John Hilliard, Jerzy Jarnuszkiewicz, Katarzyna Kozyra, Jiři Kolař, Edward Krasiński, Roman Opałka, Karol Radziszewski, Jadwiga Sawicka, Jerzy Stajuda, Antoni Starczewski, Krzysztof Wodiczko, Julita Wójcik
Curators: Julia Lewańska, Dominika Grzelak, Michał Kropiwnicki, Helena Sej, Maria Dorenda, Zuzanna Masierek, Sabina Bałulis, Weronika Ławniczak, Natalia Mularska, Julia Kaczmarek, Marta Miniszewska
Curator of the exhibition, educator: Agnieszka Wojciechowska-Sej
Educator: Leszek Karczewski
Curator: Łukasz Zaremba
Educator, exhibition designer: Maja Pawlikowska
Coordinator: Martyna Dec
As part of the educational program accompanying the exhibition every Wednesday at 17.17, until the end of June, a group of young curators invite to the tour round the exhibition.