• Everything we see could also be otherwise (My sweet little lamb)
    20 September – 11 November 2017

    The Showroom (63 Penfold St, Marylebone, London NW8 8PQ, UK) Curated by: What, How & for Whom/WHW, in collaboration with Kathrin Rhomberg, co-curated by Emily Pethick Preview: Tuesday 19 September, 6.30–8.30pm Exhibition opening hours: Wednesday – Saturday, 12–6pm The Showroom presents the epilogue of a long-term project which took place over several months in Zagreb (November 2016 to May 2017), which contextualised and rethought the Kontakt Art Collection. It was curated by What, How & for Whom/WHW in collaboration with Kathrin Rhomberg. This final exhibition is co-curated by The Showroom Director Emily Pethick. Taking selected works from the Vienna-based Kontakt Art Collection as its point of departure, including seminal pieces by some of the most prominent artists from Central, Eastern and South-East Europe since the 1960s, the exhibition stages an interplay between these and other historical, contemporary and newly produced works that interpret and critically examine the collection. The project unfolded in six episodes in Zagreb, each iteration influencing, contradicting and reinforcing each other. It took place in a number of smaller art spaces, artists' studios, private apartments and other locations related to artistic production and the broader cultural landscape of the city. This final stage of the project at The Showroom continues to reframe and expand the context of the collection. Interlacing geographically and poetically heterogeneous artist practices, the project attempts to punctuate standardized presentations and interpretations of works that have dominated international art circuits over the last few decades, with more disorderly and experimental arrangements. The project title is taken from a work by Croatian artist Mladen Stilinović (1947–2016), to whom the project is dedicated. Stilinović's life-long anti-systemic approach, his quiet but shrewd rebellion against social conventions and the conventions of art, and an artistic practice that trenchantly and humorously engages with complex themes of ideology, work, money, pain and poverty, inspired a generation of artists worldwide. The project is a cooperation with Kontakt Art Collection and is supported by Erste Group Bank AG and ERSTE Foundation.


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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.


Born in Łuck, Ukraine, 1925. Died in Warsaw, Poland, 2004.

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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