Poster designed by Marcel Kaczmarek
still from a video by Agnieszka Lasota "The Line.."
still from a video by Amanda Wieczorek "The False Mirror" 2017
still from a video by Laura Pawela "The Horizon and I" 2017
still from a film (35 mm) by Paweł Kwiek "The Phone and I" 1972
Jolanta Marcolla, documentation from making of not preserved video works "Dimension", 1975
Barbara Kozłowska, documentation of work "The Line", 1970
still of a film "Gerard Kwiatkowski..." by Karina Dzieweczyńska and Piotr Grdeń
Arton Review 2017. Around the Film Form

14 October 2017, 5 pm

Screening of films: National Museum in Warsaw, KinoMUZ

Barbara Kozłowska /Paweł Kwiek / Jolanta Marcolla / Agnieszka Lasota / Laura Pawela /Amanda Wieczorek

Arton Review. Around the Film Form is a review of Polish experimental film and video art organised since 2014 by the Arton Foundation in collaboration with the National Museum in Warsaw. The initiative is based on our archive of Polish avant-garde art of the 1970s. Its contents provide inspiration for artists of the younger generations.

Artists featured in this year’s edition: Agnieszka Lasota, Laura Pawela and Amanda Wieczorek.

Agnieszka Lasota has examined the archive of Barbara Kozłowska, an artist who used to be one of the key figures of the Conceptual art scene in Wrocław. Lasota’s research resulted in her film The Line (All this can be seen anywhere ), which is a portrait of the artist and, above all, a metaphorical journey. It was travelling that became the principal medium of Kozłowska’s art

Addressing her own work experience with the medium of film and television, Laura Pawela created a film that engages in a dialogue with a co-founder of the Workshop of the Film Form, Paweł Kwiek, and his work The Telephone and I from 1972.

In her film The False Mirror, Amanda Wieczorek gives a synthetic punchline to the oeuvre of Jolanta Marcolla with a special focus on the artist’s texts and works created during her television internship in 1975.

The screening culminates with a discussion panel with the artists, who will share the reasons why discovering the past of Polish art is important for themselves and their artistic practices as well as talk about the archives they have worked with to date.

Film programme:

Agnieszka Lasota The Line (All this can be seen anywhere), 2017

Paweł Kwiek, The Telephone and I (1972)

Laura Pawela, The Horizon and I (2017)

Jolanta Marcolla, Forced Response, 1976; Hat, 1975

Amanda Wieczorek, The False Mirror, 2017

The second part of the evening focusses on Gerard Kwiatkowski, an artist and founder of the famous EL Gallery in Elbląg, amongst other art venues. Feel cordially invited to the screening of the documentary film Gerard Kwiatkowski. The (Under)Esteemed Art Worker.

In the 1960s, Elbląg was one of the centres of avant-garde art in Poland. The EL Gallery, located in the ruins of a Gothic church, welcomed the most outstanding Polish artists who worked, created and showed their works there. It was there that the legendary Biennial of Spatial Forms was held between 1965 and 1973, during which the urban space of Elbląg was enriched with monumental sculptures created owing to collaboration between artists and workers – employees of the ZAMECH Factory. The 1973 Biennial was held under the name Kinolaboratorium and gathered more than one hundred eminent artists from Poland and abroad, who profited from the atmosphere of creative community to show their films and carry out interventions. “Contact with the Polish Avant-garde guaranteed” – read the invitation sent out to the future participants of the event. The person behind those initiatives was Gerard Kwiatkowski (1930–2015), an artist and charismatic animator of culture, founder of the EL Gallery, and a man with a fascinating, mysterious biography and a complex personality. In 1974, he emigrated to Germany, where he set up other art centres, such as the Museum of Modern Art in Hünfeld, which became yet another, after Elbląg, lively and significant avant-garde art venue.

Gerard Kwiatkowski. Gerard Kwiatkowski. The (Under)Esteemed Art Worker  / Gerard Kwiatkowski. Nie(d)odceniony robotnik sztuki, produced by the Arton Foundation in collaboration with the Foundation for Polish-German Cooperation, Art Centre of the EL Gallery and the Museum Modern Art Hünfeld, is the first film devoted to the extraordinary figure of Gerard Kwiatkowski.

The authors of the film reached his friends and collaborators. Their accounts, archival materials and Gerard’s own statements reveal a portrait of an exceptional protagonist with a focus on selected episodes from his life. Gerard Kwiatkowski… is a story about art and passion strong enough to change reality.

Script: Karina Dzieweczyńska

Director: Piotr Grdeń

Production: Arton Foundation, Marika Kuźmicz

The screening is followed by a panel with Karina Dzieweczyńska, curator at the EL Gallery and co-creator of the film, Teresa Murak, visual artist, performer, Piotr Rypson, Phd, Deputy Director of Reaserch, National Museum in Warsaw, and Marika Kuźmic, PhD, Arton Foundation. 
coordinator: Ewa Skolimowska 

Financial support from the funds of the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage

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