SELF-IDENTIFICATION - the exhibition at Fort Institute of Photography in Warsaw

01.09.2017 - 24.09.2017

The core of Joanna and Krzysztof Madelski’s Collection is the Polish photography of the second half of the 20th century. Its character is determined by newly added video works, the particular influence of young generation and a solid, spanned over the years relationship with artists who constitute pillars of the collection. The exhibition at Fort Institute of Photography reflects these characteristics starting with classic works from the cycle Self-Identification by Ewa Partum, showing videos of Katarzyna Kozyra, Agnieszka Polska and Alicja Żebrowska as well as a presentation of newly acquired pieces of Mia Dudek and Anna Grzelewska.

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FEMINISTS AND PHOTOGRAPHERS - the exhibition at Stary Browar in Poznan

The collection of Joanna and Krzysztof Madelscy, presented so extensively for the first time in Poznań, is the result of subtle negotiations, an expression of sensitivity and a passionate clash of the collectors’ characters, ambitions and visions. From an academic perspective, the collection combines various media: painting, photography and video, sculpture and installation art. Out of several hundred pieces that form the collection of Joanna and Krzysztof Madelscy, the exhibition features photographs and video works accompanied by Stanisław Fijałkowski’s paintings and Marek Chlanda’s sculptures.

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SUBJECTS OF ART - the exhibition at The National Museum in Gdansk

21.09.2014 - 23.11.2014

The exhibition presented in the interiors of the Abbots’ Palace in Gdańsk Oliwa combines for the first time photography and paintings, still the works are not presented in the chronological order. It would be pointless because, contrary to the photography collection, paintings in the possession of Joanna and Krzysztof Madelski have not been chosen according to this key. Therefore, more interesting as it seems is the exposition based on formal passages and correspondence among the male and female artists using different media.

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SUBJECTS OF GENDER AND DESIRE - the exhibition in BWA in Olsztyn

05.07.2013 - 25.08.2013

Joanna and Krzysztof Madelski have been collecting contemporary art for over twenty years, and Polish postwar photography for four. The theme around which they have been building their photographic collection is femininity, understood in accordance with Judith Butler as a series of performative acts. Photographic nudes, underlying which there is no absolute gender identity, but which rely instead on a continual re/construction and reinforcement of multiplicity, the weakening (rather than expression) of identity. Butler’s Gender Trouble, which is generally well known, but too little read in Poland, provides the starting point for the collection’s premiere. 

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SUBJECTS OF GENDER AND DESIRE - the exhibition in Łódź during The Fotofestiwal

11.05.2012 - 28.06.2012

Joanna and Krzysztof Madelski have been collecting contemporary art for over twenty years, and Polish postwar photography for three. The theme around which they have been building their photographic collection is femininity, understood in accordance with Judith Butler as a series of performative acts. Photographic nudes, underlying which there is no absolute gender identity, but which rely instead on a continual re/construction and reinforcement of multiplicity, the weakening (rather than expression) of identity. Butler’s Gender Trouble, which is generally well known, but too little read in Poland, provides the starting point for the collection’s premiere.

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