Artworks from Madelski Collection presented on the STATES OF FOCUS exhibition

15.03.2019 - 20.05.2019

Wroclaw Contemporary Museum organizes the exhibition dedicated to a woman's self-portrait, in which 50-year-old ouvre of Natalia LL is confronted with works of over 40 artists. Among them there are photograpies and videos of Agata Bogacka, Teresa Gierzyńska, Katarzyna Górna, Aneta Grzeszykowska, Zuzanna Janin, Ewa Kuryluk, Teresa Murak, Dorota Nieznalska, Ewa Partum and Jadwiga Sawicka, from the Collection of Joanna and Krzysztof Madelski.

The exhibition States of Focus, whose title has been borrowed from one of the works by Natalia LL, concentrates on the artist’s self-portraits, which she has been making almost since the beginning of her practice. Although the strategies of using her own image have changed over the years, the Wrocław-based artist consistently situated her face and body at the centre of her art. The exhibition confronts her oeuvre, produced over the span of more than five decades, with works by over 40 artists from Poland and countries of the former Soviet Bloc. This approach makes it possible to not only carefully analyse the transformations which female self-portrait has undergone in art history, but also to polemically decipher the practice of the main featured artist.

Based primarily on photography, video and actions for the camera lens, the exhibition concentrates on the moment when female artists aim the camera at themselves. Consequently, it raises questions about turning oneself into an object of performance, strategies of presentation, and constructing and de-constructing the image of a woman. Highlighting the historical continuity of these experiments offers a new perspective on the currently ubiquitous phenomenon of selfies, which permeates not only social media, but also the artistic discourse. By presenting the historical and international context of self-portraits, the exhibition problematises the ambiguous gesture of self-analysis and poses questions about female artists’ self-definition and the perception of women in society.

The invited artists investigate subjects such as objectification of the female body, scopophilia, emancipating vs. oppressive aspects of sexuality, narcissism, acceptable vs. unacceptable social roles, the right to self-determination and individual freedom. An important facet of the exhibition is the influence of iconography and mythology on the form of presentation, the role of tradition and the potential change of status of the contemporary female artist. The variety of perspectives on the female experience forms a multi-thread story in which the social and political role of women overlaps private narratives.

By concentrating on the phenomenon of self-presentation in art, the exhibition titled States of Focus makes it possible to not only reinterpret the practice of the outstanding artist from Wrocław, but also to revisit her oeuvre and compare it with canonical works that have redefined the perception of women’s art in Central and Eastern Europe.

Artists:

Natalia LL, Marina Abramović, Anna Baumgart, Agata Bogacka, Geta Brătescu, Anetta Mona Chişa & Lucia Tkáčová, Cipedrapskuad (Maria Toboła, Dominika Olszowy, Fryderyk Lisek), Alexandra Croitoru, Anča Daučíková, Alla Georgieva, Teresa Gierzyńska, Katarzyna Górna, Aneta Grzeszykowska, Izabella Gustowska, Sanja Iveković, Elżbieta Jabłońska, Zuzanna Janin, Anna Jermolaewa, Jagoda Kaloper, Šejla Kamerić, Adu Karczmarczyk, Barbara Konopka, Katarzyna Kozyra, Zofia Kulik, Ewa Kuryluk, Anna Kutera, Cecylia Malik, Jolanta Marcolla, Dóra Maurer, Teresa Murak, Anna Niesterowicz, Dorota Nieznalska, Tanja Ostojić, Ewa Partum, Liliana Piskorska, Anna Płotnicka, Jadwiga Sawicka, Sędzia Główny, Jana Shostak, Teresa Tyszkiewicz, Julita Wójcik, Ewa Zarzycka, Agata Zbylut, Alicja Żebrowska.

Borrowers:

Arsenal Gallery in Białystok, Lokal_30 Gallery, Piekary Gallery / Cezary Pieczyński, Raster Gallery, Signum Foundation, ING Polish Art Foundation, Kolekcja, Kontakt, The Art Collection of Erste Group and ERSTE Foundation, Madelski Collection, MOCAK Museum of Contemporary Art in Cracow, The Museum of Contemporary Art Zagreb, Museum of Art in Łódź, Slovak National Gallery in Bratislava, Zygmunt Hübner Powszechny Theatre in Warsaw, Zachęta National Gallery of Art in Warsaw
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Artists participating in the exhibition.

Curator:

Małgorzata Miśniakiewicz, PhD

Credits:

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From the left: Natalia LL, “Velvet Terror II”, 1970, collection of Wrocław Contemporary Museum; Natalia LL, “Intimate Registration”, 1969, courtesy of the artist and Lokal_30 gallery. Photo by Małgorzata Kujda © WCM, 2019.
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From the right: Natalia LL, “Word”, 1971, courtesy of the artist; Natalia LL, “Topology of the Body”, 1967, courtesy of the artist and Lokal_30 gallery; Zofia Kulik, “Self-portrait with layers: me, mirror, screen, light”, 1970, courtesy of the artist and Żak-Branicka gallery; Dóra Maurer, “What Can One Do with a Cobble Stone?”, 1971, collection of MOCAK Museum of Contemporary Art Kraków; Anna Kutera, “Look Into My Eyes”, 1973, collection of Wrocław Contemporary Museum. In the background: works of Jolanta Marcolla. Photo by Małgorzata Kujda © WCM, 2019.
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From the left: Geta Brătescu, “Autoportret, către alb / Self-Portrait, Towards White”, 1975, © Kontakt Collection, Vienna; Sanja Iveković, “Instructions”, 1976, Collection of MSU Museum of Contemporary Art in Zagreb; Teresa Murak, “Woman’s Calendar”, 1976, Madelski Collection. Photo by Małgorzata Kujda © WCM, 2019.
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From the left: Ewa Partum, “ My Problem is a Problem of Woman”, 1974/1978, Madelski Collection; Jolanta Marcolla, “Kiss”, 1975, courtesy of the artist and Arton Foundation. Photo by Małgorzata Kujda © WCM, 2019.
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From the left: Teresa Murak, “Procession”, 1974, Madelski Collection; Natalia LL, “Artificial Photography”, 1975; (in the background) Natalia LL, “Points of Support – Boötes Constellation, National Park in Pieniny, 11.08.1978“, 1978, courtesy of the artist; (on the floor) Natalia LL, “Artificial Reality”, 1976, courtesy of the artist and Lokal_30 gallery; Ewa Partum, “ My Problem is a Problem of Woman”, 1974/1978, Madelski Collection. Photo by Małgorzata Kujda © WCM, 2019.
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Natalia LL, “Animal Art”, 1977, courtesy of the artist; Teresa Murak, “Woman’s Calendar”, 1976; “Sowing 31, Woman's Calendar”, 1975/1976; “Procession”, 1974, Madelski Collection. Photo by Małgorzata Kujda © WCM, 2019.
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From the left: Anna Kutera, “Hairstyles” from the series “Stimulated Situations”, 1978, courtesy of the artist; Ewa Kuryluk, “Untitled” from the series “Me a Hundred Times”, 1977, Madelski Collection; Natalia LL, “Points of Support – Boötes Constellation, National Park in Pieniny, 11.08.1978”, 1978, courtesy of the artist. Photo by Małgorzata Kujda © WCM, 2019.
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“States of Focus” exhibition view. On the right: Teresa Gierzyńska, “Thirty-Year-Old”, 1981, Madelski Collection; then: Natalia LL, “States of Focus”, 1980–1981, courtesy of the artist and Lokal_30 gallery; Dóra Maurer, “Objectified Outlines”, 1981, collection of Wrocław Contemporary Museum. Photo by Małgorzata Kujda © WCM, 2019.
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Teresa Gierzyńska, “Thirty-Year-Old”, 1981, Madelski Collection. Photo by Małgorzata Kujda © WCM, 2019.
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From the left: Dóra Maurer, “Objectified Outlines”, 1981, collection of Wrocław Contemporary Museum; Natalia LL, “ States of Focus”, 1980–1981, courtesy of the artist and Lokal_30 gallery. Photo by Małgorzata Kujda © WCM, 2019.
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On the left: Natalia LL, “Apage Satanas!”, 1986, courtesy of the artist; on the right: Ewa Partum, “Marriage Disaster”, 1987, Madelski Collection. Photo by Małgorzata Kujda © WCM, 2019.
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From the left: Ewa Partum, “Marriage Disaster”, 1987, Madelski Collection; Marina Abramović, “Dragon Head”, 1990, Collection of Museum of Contemporary Art in Kraków; Ewa Zarzycka, “Maintaining the Artistic Position”, 1989, collection of the Museum of Art in Łódź. Photo by Małgorzata Kujda © WCM, 2019.
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“States of Focus” exhibition view. In the foreground: Katarzyna Górna, “Kates–Threads”, 1993, Madelski Collection; on the right: Natalia LL, “Topology of the Body”, 1967, courtesy of the artist and Lokal_30 gallery; on the left: Natalia LL, “Apage Satanas!”, 1986, courtesy of the artist. Photo by Małgorzata Kujda © WCM, 2019.
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“States of Focus” exhibition view. In the foreground: Katarzyna Górna, “Kates–Threads”, 1993, Madelski Collection. Photo by Małgorzata Kujda © WCM, 2019.
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From the right: Tanja Ostojić, “Black Square on White”, 1996/2001; Tanja Ostojić, “I'll be your angel”, 2001, © Kontakt Collection, Vienna; Zuzanna Janin, “Fight”, 2001, Madelski Collection; Julita Wójcik, “Peeling Potatoes”, 2001, collection of Zachęta National Gallery of Art; Katarzyna Górna, “Fuck me, fuck you”, collection of Museum of Contemporary Art in Kraków; Alexandra Croitoru, “Self-Portrait with the Prime Minister”, 2004, courtesy of the artist. Photo by Małgorzata Kujda © WCM, 2019.
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“States of Focus” exhibition view. On the left: Barbara Konopka, “Multiple Portrait”, 1997/1999, Madelski Collection; Anna Niesterowicz, “Gierek”, 1999, collection of Zachęta National Gallery of Art; on the right: Katarzyna Górna, “Fuck me, fuck you”, collection of Museum of Contemporary Art in Kraków; Alexandra Croitoru, “Self-Portrait with the Prime Minister”, 2004, courtesy of the artist; Alla Georgeva, “AG Gold Jewellery, Collection Balkan”, 2002, courtesy of the artist; Šejla Kamerić, “Bosnian Girl”, 2003, © Kontakt Collection, Vienna; Dorota Nieznalska, “My Life, My Decision”, 2005, Madelski Collection. Photo by Małgorzata Kujda © WCM, 2019.
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From the right: Katarzyna Górna, “Fuck me, fuck you”, collection of Museum of Contemporary Art in Kraków; Alexandra Croitoru, “Self-Portrait with the Prime Minister”, 2004, courtesy of the artist; Alla Georgeva, “AG Gold Jewellery, Collection Balkan”, 2002, courtesy of the artist; Šejla Kamerić, “Bosnian Girl”, 2003, © Kontakt Collection, Vienna; Dorota Nieznalska, “My Life, My Decision”, 2005, Madelski Collection. Photo by Małgorzata Kujda © WCM, 2019.
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From the left: Dorota Nieznalska, “My Life, My Decision”, 2005, Madelski Collection; Šejla Kamerić, “Bosnian Girl”, 2003, © Kontakt Collection, Vienna. Photo by Małgorzata Kujda © WCM, 2019.
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From the left: Aneta Grzeszykowska, “Untitled Films Stills, (32)”, 2007; “Untitled Films Stills, (47)”, 2007, Madelski Collection; “62” and “54” from the series “Untitled Films Stills”, 2007, collection of Arsenał Gallery in Białystok; “Untitled (Model)”, 2017, courtesy of the artist and Raster gallery in Warsaw. In the background: Katarzyna Górna, “Fuck me, fuck you”, collection of Museum of Contemporary Art in Kraków. Photo by Małgorzata Kujda © WCM, 2019.
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On the left: Natalia LL, from the series “Private Magic”, 2009, courtesy of the artist; Jadwiga Sawicka, “Not Good”, 2007, Madelski Collection; Izabela Gustowska, from the series “The Art of Easy Choice”, 2006, collection of the Lower Silesian Society for the Encouragement of Fine Arts; Teresa Tyszkiewicz, “Pinned Face”, 2007, courtesy of Cezary Pieczyński and Piekary gallery; Agata Bogacka, “There is no sense”, 2007, Madelski Collection; Sędzia Główny (Aleksandra Kubiak and Karolina Wiktor), “Hommage à Natalia LL”, 2006, collection of Arsenał Gallery in Białystok. On the right: Natalia LL, “Eroticism of Fear”, 2004, courtesy of the artist. Photo by Małgorzata Kujda © WCM, 2019.
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Natalia LL, from the series “Private Magic”, 2009, courtesy of the artist; Jadwiga Sawicka, “Not Good”, 2007, Madelski Collection; Izabela Gustowska, from the series “The Art of Easy Choice”, 2006, collection of the Lower Silesian Society for the Encouragement of Fine Arts; Teresa Tyszkiewicz, “Pinned Face”, 2007, courtesy of Cezary Pieczyński and Piekary gallery; Agata Bogacka, „There is no sense”, 2007, Madelski Collection; Sędzia Główny (Aleksandra Kubiak and Karolina Wiktor), „Hommage à Natalia LL”, 2006, collection of Arsenał Gallery in Białystok. Photo by Małgorzata Kujda © WCM, 2019.
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From the left: Natalia LL, “Eroticism of Fear”, 2004, courtesy of the artist; Dorota Nieznalska, “Prayer Position”, 2004; Natalia LL, “Transfigurations of Odin II”, 2009, Madelski Collection. Photo by Małgorzata Kujda © WCM, 2019.
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Natalia LL, “Transfigurations of Odin II”, 2009, Madelski Collection. Photo by Małgorzata Kujda © WCM, 2019.

 

Documentation of the exhibition: Małgorzata Kujda
Provided courtesy of the Wroclaw Contemporary Museum

Exhibition:

Wrocław Contemporary Museum 
3rd and 4th floor
2A Strzegomski SQ, 53-681 Wrocław, Poland

Attention!
Admission to the exhibition is only for people over 15 years old

Source: http://muzeumwspolczesne.pl