• 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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In December of 1971, a year after the workers’ unrests that toppled the Gomułka government had been put down, a group of young artists came together for a “Dreamers’ Gathering” in Elblag near the Baltic. This was the generation that put the earnest Conceputalism dominating Polish art of the 1960s behind it. Zofia Kulik and Przemyslaw Kwiek were amongst them. Earlier in the same year, they had begun collaborating as an artist duo called “KwieKulik” to produce films, objects and “actions” performed using photos and notes.

After the birth of their son Dombromierz in 1972, KwieKulik spent two years working with him. They incorporated him into their actions, documenting his daily life and relating his activities to various configurations of the general conception of art with which they were experimenting. In 1987 KwieKulik ended their existence as a duo. 


Zofia Kulik

Born in Wroclaw, Poland, 1947.

Lives and works in Łomianki-Dąbrowa, Poland.

Przemyslaw Kwiek

Born in Warsaw, Poland, 1945.

Lives and works in Łomianki-Dąbrowa, Poland.

KwieKulik is the name of the collective of the artists Zofia Kulik and Przemyslaw Kwiek, who worked together from 1971 to 1987.

Solo Exhibitions (selected):

2010     “KwieKulik. Form is a fact of society”, BWA Wroclaw Galleries of Contemporary Art, Wroclaw, Poland

Group Exhibitions (selected):

2012     “The Third Room”, Kunsthalle Düsseldorf, Düsseldorf, Germany

2011     “Museum of Parallel Narratives. In the framework of L’Internationale”, MACBA Museu d'Art Contemporani de Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain

2010     “Early Years”, KW, Berlin, Germany

2009     “International Collection of Contemporary Art. 5th Edition Centre for Contemporary Art, Warsaw, Poland

2008     “Cutting Realities Gender Strategies in Art”, Austrian Cultural Forum New York, New York City, USA

2007     documenta 12, Kassel, Germany

2006     “Policja / Police Bunkier Stzuki”, Krakow, Poland

2005     “EGOCENTRIC, IMMORAL, OUTMODED”, Zachęta National Gallery of Art, Warsaw, Poland

2004     “Arteast 2000+”, Moderna Galerija, Ljubljana, Slovenia

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

Books/Exhibition Catalogues


Ronduda, Łukasz, Schöllhammer, Georg, eds. 2012. KwieKulik : Zofia Kulik & Przemyslaw Kwiek. Zurich: JRP Ringier. 


Kulik, Zofia, Ronduda, Łukasz, eds. 2009. KwieKulik: form is a fact of society. Warsaw: BWA Wroclaw - Galleries of contemporary art [Exhib. Cat., BWA Wroclaw - Galleries of contemporary art (Dec. 16, 2009-Feb. 2, 2010)]



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