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Krakow Contemporary Art museum

We went during our road trip in Eastern Europe in the Contemporary Art museum in Krakow. We have been very impressed by the quality of the exhibitions.

 

The first one called Gender in Art confronting significant civilisational themes with artist’s interpretation.

Presentation by the museum

Gender is socially constructed sex. Gender studies examine the way history and culture determine sex. Who a man or a woman is in a given world largely depends on the one who manipulates these images. For centuries the conception of gender has remained in the hands of religions, which have imposed ʻproperʼ social roles on the representatives of different sexes. This has been going for so long that it has come to be seen by many as the law of nature. A vast majority of religions have reduced woman to the role of the weaker, more stupid and subordinate sex. To many people this still seems to be ʻnaturalʼ. Currently we are trying to understand the mechanisms behind this manipulation and lead to a situation in which full dignity and equal rights of all genders would be secured. We endeavour to arrive at a point where gender would cease to be an ideological construct and become man’s individual decision that is closest to their sense of identity. The exhibition at MOCAK fits in with the field of these reflections, studies and claims.

 

 

The second one Poland – Israel – Germany: The Experience of Auschwitz
It was very moving, and maybe for me more powerful to foster the historical atrocity than visiting Auschwitz. Some of the pieces were actually about questioning the fact that it is becoming a touristic destination, where companies are making money and tourists take holidays pictures. They are questioning if it is appropriate in such place.

Presentation by the museum

The exhibition at MOCAK highlights the significant presence of the theme of Auschwitzin the historical, social and cultural discourse. It demonstrates how contemporary artists from Poland, Israel and Germany interpret events from the past. This is not about presenting art broadly thematically related to the Holocaust, rather – about works that deal with the ‘anus mundi’– Auschwitz as a place of genocide, the most tragic man-made symbol there is. The exhibition poses a number of questions. After the last witnesses have died, will Auschwitz become a dark and vacant pop-cultural motif, a pure provocation, a horror Disneyland? Or are such worries exaggerated? Will the second and third post- Auschwitz generations feel a responsibility to carry the memory of these events?

 

Depot Kunstreferat, Heuchelhof, Jehuda Bacon
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Change the behaviour by bringing art

 

Is it possible to change behaviours by bringing ‘beautiful’ into public spaces ? I really believe in this idea. One of the main example of this is the ‘Art stations’ in Naples metro. It seems that the Italian city have the most sordid reputation, streets are dirty, it is viewed as a crime centre. Nevertheless they made amazing change in how people use and respect the subway station by bringing contemporary art in the corridors, elevators…

Art should help us to make our daily routine better, tele-transporting us in another more beautiful and superior dimension. This is in fact is the concept at the base of “Art Stations” in Naples metro, a project promoted by the city council to make the mobility spaces more charming, giving to everyone the possibility to meet contemporary art. Interior and exterior spaces of the stations received about 200 works of more than 100 eminent contemporary artists, creating one of the most interesting examples of decentralized museum, distributed on the whole urban area, a museum that becomes an expositive path that permits a dynamic fruition, not anymore a closed place. The realization of the different stations has been committed to internationally renowned architects and represents a strong requalification of big areas of the urban fabric.” Enzo Lofrano

“Artists come and present their vision of Naples to help Neapolitans see their city differently” Antonella Di Nocera

“This wasn’t about decorating the architecture, it’s about enhancing the space with the works of artists called on to dialogue with the space” Mr. Bonito Oliva