view of the exhibition, photo: Max Grosser
view of the exhibition, photo: Max Grosser
view of the exhibition, photo: Max Grosser
view of the exhibition, photo: Max Grosser
view of the exhibition, photo: Max Grosser
view of the exhibition, photo: Max Grosser
view of the exhibition, photo: Max Grosser
view of the exhibition, photo: Max Grosser
view of the exhibition, photo: Max Grosser
view of the exhibition, photo: Max Grosser
view of the exhibition, photo: Max Grosser
Sun in the Kitchen
26.05-7.06.
TOP e. V. Association for the Promotion of Cultural Practice, Schillerpromenade 4, Berlin 

In 1964 Zdzisław Jurkiewicz moved to a small flat in Łaciarska Street in Wrocław, which would become the figure connecting the various aspects of his artistic work, and more – a point of intersection of all the numerous matters and issues that he found interesting. It was there that all the works featured at the exhibition at Wrocław Contemporary Museum were created: objects, paintings, photographs, but the role and function of the flat far exceeded the traditionally understood art studio; it was not about genius loci either. In the 1970s, the flat became a kind of lab-capsule and a botanical garden in one. Jurkiewicz conducted astronomical observations from the window of his room. At the same time, he set a kind of “trap” for the Sun in his kitchen and created a photographic record of it. This is how the work "The Sun 1.VII.1972" (1972) was made – a sequence of black-and-white photographs shows the solar disk moving across the kitchen wall amidst ordinary objects, dishes, chives in a jar. It is one of Jurkiewicz’s seminal works and a key element of the exhibition, which perfectly illustrates his ability to combine what is distant and unattainable with that which is close, mundane, ordinary.

The existential and artistic strategy adopted by Jurkiewicz over 50 years ago – based on micro- and macro-observations of all manifestations of everyday reality made from the space of his flat – resonates in a special way with the global situation in which we have all ended up due to the pandemic that started in early 2020 and still continues. We have been living in "lockdown" for over a year. The time of leisure travel, when we could visit another continent after a few hours’ flight, is over. At the same time, however, his attitude – based on connecting private life and creative work through openness to reality, careful contemplation of the world, curiosity and the desire to know more about it, which can be satisfied here and now, without having to travel to another continent or planet – remains extremely timely and egalitarian.

CuratorMarika Kuźmicz

OrganizerCulture and Art Centre in Wrocław – Cultural Institution of the Lower Silesia Region

Co-organizer: TOP e. V. Association for the Promotion of Cultural Practice

Partner: Polish Institut in Berlin

Co-financed by the Government of the Lower Silesian Region and the Polish-German Cooperation Foundation

 

 

 

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