The Spiral Trips and the Building

Sebastian Cichock, Warsaw
Vortrag in englischer Sprache

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Art museums, and contemporary art museums in particular, are a magnifying glass through which we can watch the rising demons of social frustration and repressed yearnings. An example of such an institutional tension, a consequence of post-transformation ambitions and a need to fill cultural gaps, characteristic for the former Soviet bloc countries, is the Warsaw Museum of Modern Art, officially created in April 2005. Its creation was accompanied by a belief that new museums are instruments of supporting and stimulating modernisation processes. The heated debate that ensued, full of conflicting reasons and ordinary prejudices, has had no precedent in post-war Poland. The Warsaw museum, long before the erection of the building itself (planned for 2014), became the stage of a bitter conflict that has antagonised the artistic, architectural, and political communities. For persons involved in the project, it is an obvious fact that it had been founded on conflict, rather than on a rational debate and compromises, which, paradoxically, can guarantee its longevity and endurance.

Sebastian Cichock is curator of the Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw.

Dienstag, 20.01.2009, 19:00 Uhr, ACC Galerie Weimar
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