Over the last twenty years there have been massive changes and reforms regarding public art institutions in so-called Central and Eastern Europe. Public institutions have had a very long and complicated history there because for a very long time they were instruments of oppression in the hands of the dominant power.
New museums and galleries, apart from artistic and curatorial aspirations, have to face public expectations, thus generating tensions and manifesting problems and antagonisms. Nevertheless, the tensions and instability are fertile ground for more radical and experimental approaches.
Stepping off from her current work at the Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw (which was established in 2005), she will be considering the role of art institutions in an expanded field, asking important questions concerning institutional roles, missions, and challenges.
This lecture will be free of charge but spaces will be limited and booking is essential.
Marta Dziewanska is curator at the Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw, and a PhD candidate in Philosophy at the Polish Academy of Sciences.
She is co-editor, with Claire Bishop, of '1968-1989. Political Upheaval and Artistic Change' (2012), editor of 'Ion Grigorescu: In the Body of the Victim' (2010), co-editor, with Ekaterina Degot and Ilya Budraitskis, of 'Post-post Soviet? Art, Politics and Society in Russia at the turn of the Decade' (2013), and co-editor, with Eric de Chassey, of 'Andrzej Wróblewski: Recto / Verso' (2015).
In 2010 organized, with Claire Bishop, a research seminar '1968-1989. Political Upheaval and Artistic Change,' and in 2012 'Where the West Ends?' devoted to the art and culture in today's Russia; in 2013, with Andre Lepecki, a symposium 'Performance as a Paradigm of arts', and, with Eric de Chassey, 'Andrzej Wróbewski. From within / From Without'. She has also collaborated on several exhibition projects : 'Awkward Objects. Alina Szapocznikow and Maria Bartuszova, Pauline Boty, Louise Bourgeois, Eva Hesse, and Paulina Ołowska' (with Joanna Mytkowska, Agata Jakubowska and Maria Matuszkiewicz), 'Ion Grigorescu in the Body of the Victim. 1969-2008' (with Kathrin Rhomberg). In 2011 involved in the preparation of the monographic show of Alina Szapocznikow at WIELS Contemporary Art Centre in Brussels: 'Alina Szapocznikow. Sculpture Undone. 1955-1973' (with Elena Filipovic and Joanna Mytkowska). In 2014 curated 'Maria Bartuszova. Provisional Forms' and in 2015 co-curated (with Eric de Chassey) 'Andrzej Wróblewski: Recto / Verso. 1948-1949, 1956-1957' at Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw and at Museo Reina Sofia in Madrid.