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Art and Heritage in Central Europe

New exhibitions at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Krakow MOCAK

Art and Heritage in Central Europe

“Artists from Krakow: The Second Krakow Group” – exhibition available from 30.03.2023 to 24.09.2023

In 1957, the second Krakow Group was formed, an association of independent artists, each with a different way of thinking but all equally committed to art. They were individualists, but what united them was their interest in contemporary art. The basic prerequisite for being invited to join the Group was a creative ‘neurosis’ – a feeling of intoxication with the drug that was making art. In this approach, the second Krakow Group was a few years ahead of Fluxus. It became the Polish avant-garde of postmodernism. Despite its name, artists from cities other than Krakow could also become members.

More information: https://en.mocak.pl/artists-from-krakow-the-second-krakow-group


“Jakub Julian Ziółkowski. You Are Mine” – exhibition available from 30.03.2023 to 24.09.2023

Jakub Julian Ziółkowski (1980) is one of the most important contemporary Polish artists. The exhibition at MOCAK is the first comprehensive presentation of his work – with 100 works on display, including large-format paintings, elaborate installations, precise drawings and monotypes, small sculptures and ceramic objects. The monumental paintingA Dream about Life” and the totemic sculpture “The Spirit of Our People”, exhibited outside, were created especially for the exhibition.

More information: https://en.mocak.pl/you-are-mine


“Return to Ceramics” – exhibition available from 30.03.2023 to 17.09.2023

Return to Ceramics is an exhibition of works by contemporary artists who use the medium of ceramics in their practice. At the core of the exhibition are works from the MOCAK Collection, by: Feiko Beckers, Burçak Bingöl, Nschotschi Haslinger, Agata Kus, Justyna Smoleń and Jakub Julian Ziółkowski. In addition, the exhibition will feature pieces by Wojciech Ireneusz Sobczyk, Aleksandra Liput, Natalia Kopytko and Tomek Kulka.

More information: https://en.mocak.pl/return-to-ceramics


“Lukáš Houdek. Hijra – Between Genders” – exhibition available from 30.03.2023 to 17.09.2023

The exhibition by Lukáš Houdek, an artist in the MOCAK Collection, explores the subject of the Hijra community in India. ‘Hijra’ is a term used in South Asian countries that refers primarily to people recognised at birth as male, but who reject this identification. Some have undergone gender reassignment procedure, while others remain at the stage of hormone therapy or have not made any permanent changes to their bodies. The artist first encountered this phenomenon when staying in India in 2008. Four years later, after studying the available written sources, he decided to take a closer look at the community and experience its life. His interest has resulted in two art projects, which Houdek has continued since 2012. He has produced two photographic series documenting the daily life of the hijras, which will be shown in the Beta Gallery.

More information: https://en.mocak.pl/hijra-between-genders


“Krzysztof Maniak. Actions in Nature” – exhibition available from 30.03.2023 to 18.06.2023

The exhibition “Actions in Nature” is part of a series of presentations by artists whose works can be found in the MOCAK Collection. We will be showing a selection from the dozens of drawings we hold from 2016–2020, as well as new photographs and videos. Maniak creates in his hometown of Tuchów. Walking around is a frequent motif in his works. The artist captures observations from his hikes using a variety of media. In the photographic series Walks, he explores the sculptural potential of the forces of nature, showing curiously shaped forms of non-human origin. In other projects, the artist physically interacts with nature, squeezing himself between tree roots or making earth sculptures. Among other things, in Tuchów he has created a mound that has become part of the landscape. The work refers to traditional land art works.

More information: https://en.mocak.pl/actions-in-nature


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