• Poetry & Performance / The Eastern European Perspective
    22 December 2017 − 10 March 2018

    Nová synagóga, Žilina, Slovakia Poetry & Performance / The Eastern European Perspective 22/12/17 –  10/03/18 Loans by Kontakt: Vlado Martek: Ciklus Soneti / Sonnet Cycle, 1978-79 Raša Todosijević: Znak / Sign, 1971; Skulptura / Sculpture, 1971; Was ist Kunst, Patricia Hennings? / What is Art, Patricia Hennings?, 1976; Was ist Kunst, Marinela Koželj? / What is Art, Marinela Koželj?, 1978 Tamás St. Auby: Kentaur / Centaur, 1973-1975/ 2009 Curators: Sabine Hänsgen, Tomáš Glanc, Daniel Grúň Nová synagóga in Žilina presents the exhibition Poetry & Performance. The Eastern European Perspective curated by Tomáš Glanc, Daniel Grúň and Sabine Hänsgen. The exhibition brings together more than forty artists, poets and creative groups from the countries of the former Eastern Europe as well as contemporary artistic positions. The exhibition will be opened on December 22nd from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. by a series of several performances and will run until March 10th 2018. In the second half of the twentieth century, poets and artists in particular took up the challenge of reflecting on and investigating the instrumentalization of language for communicative and political-ideological purposes. They did so by drawing attention to the “made-ness” of language, its material and medial dimension, and by creating performative situations for themselves and their audiences within which possibilities of verbal expression could be tested and acted out. In Eastern Europe, poetry and performance played a significant role in the unofficial or partially tolerated cultural scene. The writing practice of samizdat and its relation to the devices of concrete and visual poetry have been treated and presented in a number of previous projects. Until now however, less consideration has been given to the circumstances of performance. In addition to the typescript literature of samizdat, subcultural milieus attached particular importance to the oral recitation of poems, exhibitions, and poetry actions. The interrelation between text and situation in poetic acts functioned as a trigger for performances and happenings. The exhibition presents authors from subcultures in socialist states along with contemporary positions that continue the legacy of combining poetry and performance. It shows the efforts of poets and artists to break free from controlled language and normative communicative now and then. Poetry & Performance. The Eastern European Perspective thus confronts the current social challenges in the post-socialist countries through the prism of language and ideology and looks back at their points of departure. Artists: Milan Adamčiak, Pavel Arsenev, Babi Badalov, Bosch+Bosch (Attila Csernik, Slavko Matković, László Szalma), Collective Actions Group, Ľubomír Ďurček, Else Gabriel / Via Lewandowsky, Rimma Gerlovina, Tomislav Gotovac, Group of Six Artists, Bohumila Grögerová / Josef Hiršal, Gino Hahnemann, Václav Havel, Jörg Herold, Semyon Khanin (Orbita), Kinship Moho (Zuzana Jasenková, Kristína Országhová, Magdaléna Scheryová), Dávid Koronczi, Katalin Ladik, Yuri Leiderman / Andrey Silvestrov, Vlado Martek, Andrei Monastyrski, Monogramista T.D, Ladislav Novák, Pavel Novotný, NSRD (Hardijs Lediņš, Juris Boiko, Imants Žodžiks), OHO Group (Nuša & Srečo Dragan, Naško Križnar), Boris Ondreička, Orange Alternative, Roman Osminkin, Ewa Partum, Bogdanka Poznanović, Dmitri Prigov, Lev Rubinstein, Nóra Ružičková / Marianna Mlynárčiková, Mladen Stilinović, Gabriele Stötzer, Tamás Szentjóby, Bálint Szombathy, Raša Todosijević, Jaromír Typlt, Jiří Valoch. Nová synagóga, Žilina, Slovakia J. M. Hurbana 220/11, 010 01 Wednesday — Sunday, 1 p.m. — 7 p.m. free entry (voluntary)


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Edward Krasiński

Edward Krasiński's first works, created in the 1950s, were illustrations for magazines and surreal erotic drawings. In the 1960s Krasiński moved to Warsaw, where he met the many artists and art critics who established the Foksal Gallery in 1966 – among them Anka Ptaszkowska, who remained his avid supporter and friend through all of his life’s turns. Krasiński’s work at the turn of the 1960s into the 1970s is neither exactly minimalist nor properly conceptual: “suspended” or “linear” sculptures are flawed by the use of color; found objects – books, bottles – are mixed with fragile common materials such as rubber, wire and string; occasionally letters or sequences of numbers appear, making the work’s apparently clear geometric “cut” is a mere cheat. In the late 60s blue scotch tape became Krasiński’s medium and trademark material. The thin blue line running at the height of 130 cm was first pasted around trees and across pigsty walls in the village of Zalesie near Warsaw, but soon it stretched across gallery windows on the Paris Rive Gauche. Since then the artist has used the blue stripe in his “axonometric drawings” and “interventions” from the 1970s and 1980s as well as in numerous site-specific installations in museums, galleries and various other private and public spaces.

Krasiński was a close friend of Henryk Stażewski, the nestor of the Polish avant-garde. This witty and independent figure invited Krasiński to share his studio and apartment on the thirteenth floor of a socialist housing block in the center of Warsaw. Krasiński continued to live in the apartment after Stażewski’s death in 1988. Inhabited and “directed” by Krasiński, the apartment underwent constant artistic transformation, a changing “mise en scene” of sculptures, photographs and found objects. Occasionally Krasiński would invite some friends in order to share his new ideas and jokes with them, deceiving them slightly and then endeavoring to get them out of the apartment again.


1925, Łuzk / PL, at that time UA – 2004, Warszawa / PL

Krasiński studied Interior and Graphic Design at the Arts and Crafts School in Krakow (Poland) from 1940 to 1942. In 1954 he moved to Warsaw (Poland) where he lived and worked until his death. Krasiński’s first exhibition was shown at the Krzysztofory Gallery in 1965. In 1966 the artist was one of the founders of the Foksal Gallery in Warsaw.

Solo Exhibitions (selected):

2017     “Edward Krasiński", Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, Netherlands

2016     “Edward Krasiński", Tate Liverpool, Liverpool, UK

2006     “Edward Krasiński", Les mises en scène“, Generali Foundation, Vienna, Austria

2005     “Edward Krasiński", Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Geneva, Switzerland

2004     “Infinity of the Line. Hommage à Edward Krasiński", Muzeum Sztuki, Łódź, Poland

2003     “Edward Krasiński", Anton Kern Gallery, New York City, USA

Group Exhibitions (selected):

2014      31st São Paulo Biennale of Contemporary Art, São Paulo, Brazil


2013      An Approach to Being: Darkness, Infinity, Everyday Life, Kyoto City University of Arts, Kyoto, Japan


2012      A Bigger Splash: Painting after Performance, Tate Modern, London, UK


2011     “Ostalgia“, New Museum, New York City, USA


2010      On Line: Drawing Through the Twentieth Century, Museum of Modern Art, New York City, USA


2009      Target Practice: Art Under Attack 1949-1978, Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, USA


2008      True Romance. Allegories of Love from the Renaissance to the Present, Villa Stuck,   Munich, Germany


2006      Mind Frames. Media Study at Buffalo 1973-1990, ZKM Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe, Karlsruhe, Germany


2005      Open Systems, Tate Modern, London, UK


2004      Virtual Frame, Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna, Austria





This bibliography provides a list of books available in the
ERSTE Foundation Library

Books/Exhibition Catalogues


Switek, Gabriela, ed. 2009. Avant-garde in the Bloc = Awangarda w bloku. Warsaw: Fundacja Galerii Foksal.


Polit, Pawel, ed. 2008. Polit Edward Krasiński: elementarz = ABC. Krakow: Bunkier Sztuki.


Breitwieser, Sabine, ed. 2006. Edward Krasiński, les mises en scène. Engl./Germ. Vienna: Generali Foundation [Exhib. Cat., Generali Foundation Vienna (May 12-Aug. 27, 2006)]


Szczepaniak, Andrzej, ed. 2005. Edward Krasiński. Krakow: Galeria Starmach.


Mytkowska, Joanna, ed. 2000. Edward Krasiński. Warsaw: Galeria Foksal.

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