april 02, 2016 - comune modena

Memory At Last. Art In Poland: 1989-2016 at Galleria civica di Modena

On 19 March at 6pm, the #galleriacivicadimodena will open “La memoria finalmente. #arte in Polonia: 1989-2015”, an exhibition curated by Marinella Paderni, produced with the Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio di #modena, staged in collaboration with the Polish Institute of Rome and held at the Palazzina dei Giardini through until 5 June 2016.
15 artists selected from three generations of Polish artists, born between the end of the 1950s and the first half of the 1980s, will present their photographs, paintings, collages, sculptures, drawings, installations and videos.
The exhibition itinerary tells of the delicate passage between past and present as experienced by the country, highlighting the gap between its deep-rooted cultural heritage and the invention of a new kind of art, showing a clear and autonomous profile, the expression of today’s post-Socialist Poland.
The search for a present identity, one which also represents the promise of the future, is the leitmotiv of the exhibition: “La memoria finalmente”, (“Memory at last’), is the title of a poem written by Wisława Szymborska, the Polish writer who was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1996.

27 years after gaining their democratic independence, Poland has become the cradle of an unprecedented cultural Renaissance, a hotbed of those historical events that shaped Europe over the course of the last century, from the traumas to the removals and reconstructions.
Split up from the 18th century until the start of the 20th, made independent once more between 1918 and 1939, the nation was suffered huge damage throughout WWII, at the end of which it became a state in the Soviet Socialist Bloc.
A historical and strategic crossroads between East and West, it has become a key observatory of European political and cultural phenomena, bringing together characteristics and differences – often despite itself – between the two opposite poles of our continent.

The start of the post-Socialist era and the entrance of capitalism mark a cultural border between the past and the future. The re-found freedom represents the promise of a future without the risk of falling into the traps of removal and the loss of memory.
The contemporary artistic scene has made a decisive contribution to this cultural revival, also thanks to a critical reflection just as mindful of the past as of the present, capable of generating the necessary awareness to achieve the construction of a new identity.
Critical Art and New Documentalists are just two of the main artistic phenomena which came to the fore in the ‘90s and 2000s, and which have taken onboard the delicate theme of memory, the effects of capitalism and globalisation, set here against a history of totalitarianisms, on the present and future of Polish society.

The exhibition will be accompanied by a catalogue in Italian and English published by Silvana Editoriale, with iconography and biographical information on the artists, as well as a series of critical contributions from the curator Marinella Paderni, the Polish Philosopher Andrzei Leder, and the #contemporaryart historian Joanka Zielinska, curator at the Museum of #contemporaryart of Warsaw.

The artists on show are: Paweł Althamer (1967), Ewa Axelrad (1984) Mirosław Balka (1958), Michał Budny (1976), Michał Grochowiak (1977), Nicolas Grospierre (1975), Anna Molska (1983), Paulina Ołowska (1976), Agnieszka Polska (1985), Wilhelm Sasnal (1972), Slavs and Tatars (2006), Monika Sosnowska (1972), Iza Tarasewicz (1981), Aleksandra Waliszewska (1976) and Jakub Woynarowski (1982).

photo: Michał Grochowiak – from the “Silence” series, Untitled (Ola), 2007

Exhibition: La memoria finalmente. #arte in Polonia: 1989-2016

Curated by: Marinella Paderni

Venue: Palazzina dei Giardini, corso Canalgrande, Modena

Period: 19 March – 5 June 2016

Organisation and Production:
Galleria Civica di #modena, Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio di Modena

In collaboration with: Polish Institute, Rome

Opening: Saturday 19th March 6pm

Press Preview: Wednesday 16th March, 11.30am

Opening Hours: Wednesday–Friday 10.30am–1pm and 4pm–7.30pm; Saturday, Sunday and public holidays 10.30am–7.30pm. Closed Mondays and Tuesdays.

Entrance: Free