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War Against Homes. The Neoplastic Room in Solidarity with Ukraine

Opened to the public in 1948, the Neoplastic Room has become a symbol of the Muzeum Sztuki in Łódź. Designed by Władysław Strzemiński, at the time of its creation it boldly manifested the opposition of artists to the advancing communist ideology. Today, in view of the tragedies taking place across our eastern border, we dedicate it to the fighting Ukraine.

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Place

ms1, 36 Więckowskiego St, entrance from 43 Gdańska St

Time

June 24 – September 11, 2022

Opening

June 24, 2022, Friday, at 6:00 pm

Historically, it hosted the sculptures of Katarzyna Kobro, spatial compositions and furniture designed by Władysław Strzemiński and examples of paintings by artists from the circles of Constructivism and Neo-plasticism, including Theo van Deosburg and Sophie Taeuber-Arp. In the early 1950s, in the face of the spreading radical cultural policy of the communist authorities, opening it to the public was a manifestation of courage in promoting artistic freedom. Nowadays, neighbouring with exhibitions of contemporary artists, the Neoplastic Room enters into a dialogue with their works, posing a still lively question about the topicality of the problems raised by avant-garde art.

 At the exhibition "War Against Homes. The Neoplastic Room in Solidarity with Ukraine", the Room is accompanied by works from the collection of Muzeum Sztuki in Łódź. These works are an expression of artistic solidarity or refer to difficult historical events. These are works which, to varying degrees, refer to the themes of war, destruction, objectification and enslavement of the individual, while at the same time they strongly manifest the importance and essence of freedom, including artistic freedom. 

The exhibition opens with a series of drawings by Władysław Strzemiński entitled "War Against Homes". Created in 1941, it is an impressionistic, linear record of a city turned into ruins as a result of warfare and people displaced by the occupation. The theme of damage and destruction is also referred to in Stanislav Kolibal's installation entitled "Transformation", consisting of useless construction leftovers such as metal profiles or pieces of debris. Using them to build a sculpture not only gives them a new function, but also gives hope for change manifesting itself through art.

The composition “Untitled” by Angelika Markul touches upon the theme of catastrophe, frequent in her artistic practice, both the one caused by the destructive forces of nature and man himself. Forms submerged in black resin, resembling prehistoric plants, look like remnants of annihilation, symbolising the remains of the lost world. While the Neoplastic Room is an example of an orderly construction, Henryk Morel's work is a study of destruction. The experiment of combining two extremely different materials - plastic rubber and rigid iron sheet metal - juxtaposes two orders: rational form and inert, organic mass. Magdalena Abakanowicz's "Composition of Black Organic Forms" deals with the problem of objectification and enslavement of the individual, so relevant today. This monumental work, with its forms hanging from the ceiling and crawling on the floor, reminiscent of cocoons, creates an oppressive and encircling environment. It is no coincidence that in 1978, the artist wrote: "Art arises from the drama of the individual human being".

 

Artists: Magdalena Abakanowicz, Henryk Berlewi, Joseph Beuys, Theo van Doesburg, Jean Hélion, Vilmos Huszár, Gerard Jürgen Blum-Kwiatkowski, Katarzyna Kobro, Stanislav Kolibal, Andżelika Markul, Henryk Morel, Włodzimierz Pawlak, Monika Sosnowska, Henryk Stażewski, Władysław Strzemiński, Alina Szapocznikow, Sophie Taeuber-Arp, Georges Vantongerloo, Stefan Wegner

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curators

Andrzej Biernacki, Paulina Kurc-Maj

exhibition coordination

Agata Szynkielewska

editorial coordination

Andżelika Bauer, Martyn Kramek

communication coordinaton

Magda Milewska

accessibility coordination

Katarzyna Mądrzycka-Adamczyk

conservation

Anita Andrzejczak, Tatiana Matwij, Ewelina Pawlak, Naoko Kamoji

technical team

Krzysztof Francek, Mariusz Krężel, Adam Maj, Mariusz Maj, Marcin Mirończuk, Ireneusz Szymarek

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Place

ms1, 36 Więckowskiego St, entrance from 43 Gdańska St

Time

June 24 – September 11, 2022

Opening

June 24, 2022, Friday, at 6:00 pm

curators

Andrzej Biernacki, Paulina Kurc-Maj

exhibition coordination

Agata Szynkielewska

editorial coordination

Andżelika Bauer, Martyn Kramek

communication coordinaton

Magda Milewska

accessibility coordination

Katarzyna Mądrzycka-Adamczyk

conservation

Anita Andrzejczak, Tatiana Matwij, Ewelina Pawlak, Naoko Kamoji

technical team

Krzysztof Francek, Mariusz Krężel, Adam Maj, Mariusz Maj, Marcin Mirończuk, Ireneusz Szymarek

graphic design

to/studio

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