THINGS EVOKE FEELINGS
Selected narrations from the CCA Ujazdowski Castle
Paweł Althamer, Mirosław Bałka, Krzysztof Bednarski, Agata Bogacka, Włodzimierz Borowski, Wojciech Bruszewski, Rafał Bujnowski, Matt Collishaw, Marc Chaimowicz, Jan Chwałczyk, Tomasz Ciecierski, Martin Creed, Atilla Csörgö, Oskar Dawicki, Zbigniew Dłubak, Andrzej Dłużniewski, Jan Dobkowski, Grzegorz Drozd, Stanisław Dróżdż, Edward Dwurnik, Wojciech Fangor, Mirosław Filonik, Adam Garnek, Stefan Gierowski, Nan Goldin, Leszek Golec & Tatiana Czekalska, Wanda Gołkowska, Maurycy Gomulicki, Katarzyna Górna, Władysław Hasior, IWIN, Zuzanna Janin, Zdzisław Jurkiewicz, Ilya Kabakov, Agnieszka Kalinowska, Jerzy Kałucki, Tadeusz Kantor, Mary Kelly, Marek Kijewski / Kocur, Koji Kamoji, Witalij Komar/ Aleksander Melamid, Joseph Kosuth, Piotr Kowalski, Jarosław KoPLNowski, Katarzyna Kozyra, Barbara Kruger, Oleg Kulik, Zofia Kulik, Paweł Kwiek, KwieKulik, Andrzej Lachowcz, Dominik Lejman, Norman Leto, Zbigniew Libera, Łódź Kaliska, Hanna Łuczak, Marcin Maciejowski, Jarosław Modzelewski, Anna Molska, Teresa Murak, Natalia LL, Yoko Ono, Roman Opałka, Dennis Oppenheim, Tony Ousler, Michelangelo Pistoletto, Aleksandra Polisiewicz, Mariola Przyjemska, Joanna Rajkowska, Józef Robakowski, Jerzy Rosołowicz, Wilhelm Sasnal, Jadwiga Sawicka, Jan Simon, Mikołaj Smoczyński, Nedko Solakov, Roman Stańczak, Henryk Stażewski, Maciej Stępiński, Andrzej Strumiłło, Paweł Susid, Alina Szapocznikow, Leon Tarasewicz, Tomasz Tatarczyk, Rosemarie Trockel, Twożywo, Zbigniew Warpechowski, Ryszard Winiarski, Piotr Wyrzykowski, Artur Żmijewski
Exhibition opening: 21.06, 6 p.m.
Exhibition on view through 31.12.2010
Curators: Grzegorz Borkowski, Marcin Krasny
The exhibition opening will include the premiere of the film Roman Opałka directed by Andrzej Sapijia in the Laboratory at 8 p.m.
Things Evoke Feelings is an exhibition of CCA Collection pieces, arranged in new form, closer in design to a group exhibition that explores several selected issues rather than a comprehensive collection review. The five previous presentations of the CCA Collection focused on showing its extensive selection. Now, curators turned to exposing new latent potential in narratives and content. The exhibition presents numerous pieces not shown in previous years. The term “narratives,” as opposed to “collections” used in the title of the previous exhibition of the CCA Collection accentuates the selection of pieces around certain themes presented in the exhibition’s nine spaces, such as Passion of Construction, Breakthrough Imaging, Patience, Breath, Trauma of Ideology, Women’s Revolt, Nature and Natural, Vanitas, and Oppressions of the Day-To-Day.
Two minimalist neon pieces are emblematic of the exposition, Things and Feelings – pieces by British artist and Turner Prize laureate Martin Creed, whose exhibition was on view at CCA in 2004: the leading theme is the sphere of feelings and emotions. Emotions are an underappreciated though important motivating factor of contemporary art, embodying extensive investigative potential. Emotions concern things important to us, indicate what is material, but also things not yet fully understood. Emotions may be unsettling – before, however, we evaluate them, let’s examine what they are communicating.
Highlighting the investigative function of feelings is one of the exhibition’s leading ideas, though particular sections eschew simple presentation of given emotions (as the themes of pieces shown). Instead, they point to areas around which our fantasies swirl, stimulated by emotions. Disclosing emotions often evokes other feelings, dealing with those, as well as reflection. This provides an opportunity to partake in narratives, rather than simply observing them.
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