• 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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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

1947, Wrocław / PL

Przemyslaw Kwiek

1945, Warszawa / PL

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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