Medicine in Art is another exhibition in the series that confronts terms permeating the public sphere of reference with the viewpoint of the artist.
The exhibition will present two series combining photographs and text. The images show carefully arranged food items and everyday objects. The series Not So Miscellany is reminiscent of traditional still lifes, whilst works from the series Hyper Reality are open compositions.
The exhibition presents works created in 2014–2016 in the Copperplate Engraving Studio of the Academy of Fine Arts in Krakow under Professor Krzysztof Tomalski.
The exhibition of works by Robert Devriendt is another individual presentation of artists from the MOCAK Collection.
The exhibition is organized as a part of the Krakow Photomonth Festival 2016.
The exhibition is organized as a part of the Krakow Photomonth Festival 2016.
Looking for Yourself in Others is an exhibition of 13 drawings by Tomasz Wiatr at the MOCAK Library. A doctor from Krakow, he embarked on a creative way of spending his leisure time and began a parallel life as an artist.
MOCAK is embarking on a series of exhibitions showing the oeuvres of artists who live and work in Krakow. These presentations will encompass a variety of media. The series is inaugurated with a show of artists born between 1980 and 1990.
In his distinctive art practice, Hungarian artist Csaba Nemes critically investigates sites of social and economic imbalances, the unexpected overlaps between personal and political history, and instances of friendship in times of despair. The exhibition at MOCAK presents Nemes’s singular artistic achievement that deftly branches into painting, drawing, film, animation and photography.
The exhibition is devoted to the three artists Joseph Beuys, Tadeusz Kantor and Richard Demarco.
The exhibition at the Re Gallery at MOCAK will present works by six students at the University of Art and Design Linz in Austria.
The exhibition is pivoted on a fusion of poetry and photography. In 2013, Grzegorz Wróblewski wrote his poem Blue Pueblo. Inspired by it, Wojciech Wilczyk took a series of photographs of Amager, the district of Copenhagen where the poet lives. The poem and a series of black-and-white photographs, displayed on the wall side by side, all combine into the project Blue Pueblo.
The first edition of the exhibition Impossible Objects took place in the Polish Pavilion at the 14th Biennale of Architecture in Venice. At MOCAK we will be showing the most significant element of the project that represented Poland at the Architecture Biennale.
The exhibition at MOCAK highlights the significant presence of the theme of Auschwitz in 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.
Gender in Art is another project in MOCAK's series that confronts significant civilisational themes with artist's interpretation. The international exhibition will feature works of about forty artists. The accompanying publication, beside documenting the exhibition, will be a collection of essays which will present the issue from different perspectives.
The exhibition is part of the series of exhibitions at MOCAK that aim to enhance the creative image of well-known. We will be showing a few dozen of his sketches of faces. These are from a selection of a few hundred of the poet’s drawings from the collection of the National Library of Poland in Warsaw.
At the exhibition we present works by four students at the Academy of Fine Arts in Gdańsk. The works illustrate the changes that have taken place in the social roles designated to men or women. The subject matter of S/he is related to the exhibition presented in the main part of the museum – Gender in Art.
At the exhibition we show the eponymous series that portrays the most prominent 20th-century personalities of Jewish extraction. Amongst them are academics, politicians and figures related to the world of culture such as Albert Einstein, Sigmund Freud, Golda Meir, Gertrude Stein and Franz Kafka.
Space is the first exhibition of works from the MOCAK Collection and Archive to be presented at Krakow Live Festival. The exhibition, in which we will be presenting some 30 objects, sculptures and installations, is part of the programme Art at the Festival.
The year 2015 was proclaimed by UNESCO as the International Year of Light and Light-based Technologies. Therefore at Re Gallery we present lamp designs by the students of the Faculty of Industrial Design at the Academy of Fine Arts in Krakow.
The exhibition as part of Krakow Photomonth Festival.
The leitmotif of the exhibition can be encapsulated in two concepts – often treated as each other’s antithesis – ‘logic’ and ‘emotion’. The organisers of the exhibition hold that the tension between these concepts is the pivot of contemporary Japanese art. The exhibition aims to discover the essence of the ‘Japanese identity’, presenting it in different contexts and attempting to define distinguishing features of its aesthetics.
Omer Fast’s exhibition at MOCAK will be the artist’s first larger presentation in Poland. We will show four video installation. Omer Fast is part of the programme of individual exhibitions showing the output of artists represented at the MOCAK Collection.
The second in the series of Mikołaj Smoczyński’s exhibitions is based entirely on his works in the MOCAK Collection; we will be presenting two of the earliest photographic series by the artist: Double Object and The Secret Performance.
Nikifor Krynicki is the pivotal point of the exhibition. Other artists on display represent a philosophy and artistic approach similar to the Master from Krynica.
The first exhibition at Re Gallery by artists from outside Poland. We present video works by young Israeli artists – Ben Hagari and Nadav Bin-Nun.
The most recent exhibition of the MOCAK Collection, while retaining several works of art from its previous opening, has been extended to include the works acquired in the last two years. Just like in previous year the exhibition is divided into sections according to the media in which the works were created. Our main focus are the most important ones: photography, painting, sculpture and video.
At the exhibition of Julian Opie, one of the leading contemporary British artists, we will be presenting his new works, the majority prepared especially for the Krakow exhibition. The prevailing themes are people and nature.
At the exhibition we will show over a dozen works from the Museum’s Collection. Some of them have never been before been shown at MOCAK. Within the scope expressed in its title – Installation or Object? – the show examines the problem of fluidity of media in contemporary art.
The first in the series of exhibitions at MOCAK presenting the oeuvre of Mikołaj Smoczyński. The show is based entirely on the works of art and archives bequeathed to the Museum by the artist’s heirs in 2011.
In 2011 Karol Radziszewski decided to set off to America in the footsteps of Natalia LL. The exhibition, which consists of the documentation of his encounters there, as well as his email correspondence and archive photos, creates a new portrait of Natalia LL.
The artist who finds inspiration in literature tries to visualise what the writer has left to the reader’s imagination. The exhibition concentrates on works that relate to narratives in which the world is a place as magical as it is absurd, full of incredible phenomena.
At all times, art accompanied the protests; it was a sphere of freedom, an expression of resistance to Russian influence in the corrupt state.
Crime in Art is the 4th exhibition to date in MOCAK’s series which combines art with the most significant civilisational themes such as history, sport, science and religion. Crime reveals all the inner fanatical turmoil, bleak helplessness and wrong without atonement.
The exhibition analyses the phenomenon of fascination with Pope John Paul II, his image and the material traces of his presence. The presented works represent just a small portion of the critical look at the increasing exaltation of society.
The exhibition aims to remember this uncompromising and independent artist. We will be showing fragments of Niemczyk’s manuscripts, his paintings, portrait photographs and photographs documenting his artistic actions as well as souvenirs from the family archives: the artist’s letters to his sister, records and books from his collection.
The works on display have been produced at the UMCS Institute of Fine Arts in Lublin under supervision of Professor Jan Gryka. The majority of the artists are in their third year. The common theme of all the works is self-portrait.
An Exhibition of Paintings and Drawings from the Collection of the Józef Babiński Specialist Hospital in Krakow
The exhibition as part of Krakow Photomonth Festival.
The exhibition as part of Krakow Photomonth Festival.
The exhibition as part of ShowOFF Section 2014 Krakow Photomonth Festival.
The conceptual artist and political activist Petr Pavlensky represents a new wave of protest and dissident art in Russia. The exhibition Anonymous Nationalist recounts an episode from real life where a murder was committed in a civilian setting, but with militaristic intentions.
Władysław Hasior’s exhibition at MOCAK will be the first such comprehensive Krakow presentation of the artist’s work in four decades. Hasior is one of the most prominent Polish artists.
The exhibition is the first presentation in Poland of the works of the Norwegian photographer Rune Eraker and also the first exhibition of socially engaged photography at MOCAK.
Re Gallery – exhibition space opened in May 2013, designated for presenting the works of art students. This time we will show the works of the art students of the Film School in Łódź, produced during the workshops with a Norwegian photographer Rune Eraker.
At the exhibition we will present over two thousand miniature pictures by Alina Dawidowicz. These are watercolours or felt tip representation, which she started making in the 1980s at the rate of some 20 a week.
Wisława Szymborska’s exhibition Collages aims to broaden the artistic perception of the Polish Nobel winner. The poet’s art covers three areas: serious poetry, light-hearted poetry and cut-and-paste works, or collages. These areas combine to define the artistic personality of Szymborska.
The theme of the new display of the MOCAK Collection will be artistic media. We will present their most important forms: photography, painting, sculpture, drawing and video. In this exhibition, we also want to illustrate the artists’ ideas on how to individualise media.
The post-1945 works that will be presented at MOCAK show the social and political climate of contemporary Europe. Human rights, equality, democracy – such are the issues dealt with by the exhibition The Desire for Freedom, co-financed by the European Commission.
In October, MOCAK will present the first comprehensive exhibition in Poland of the world-renowned artist Erwin Wurm.
The exhibition in MOCAK’s Audiovisual Hall is a presentation of all the films made by Josef Dabernig so far. The artist had for many years worked in the fields of sculpture, design and architecture but it was his films and photography that came to dominate his artistic expression.
At Krystyna Piotrowska’s individual exhibition we will be presenting video, object and installation. In spite of the variety of the media used, the artist’s sole topic is hair. In her works, she demonstrates the cultural significance of hair.
The exhibition If You Shoot One of Them is the corollary of a year-long project by Marta Deskur. Its high point was a feature documentary film, whose protagonist is Manju Padavai, a Tamil librarian whom the Polish artist met during her trip to India.
In May 2013, a new exhibition space was opened at MOCAK, purpose-made for art students. Following the first exhibition there, which was a presentation of the Studio of Spatial Activities at the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw, we would like to show the works of young artists from the University of Fine Arts in Poznań.
In his works, Lutyński combines natural elements with abstract painted elements, simple in form and pure in colour. The artist breaks the conventional artificiality of a gallery event; he introduces live animals and plays instruments with invited musicians; creating a hospitable ambiance, he provides a buffet.
At Charlotte Beaudry’s solo exhibition there will be more than a dozen paintings as well as sculpture and video works. The objects are presented against a neutral background, taken out of their usual context. They provoke a flow of associations about female ‘tools' of seduction.
Economics in Art is the third in the series of exhibitions presented by MOCAK the Museum of Contemporary Art in Krakow to relate art to the most significant domains of civilisation such as history, sport, science, religion and art.
Aiming to present the most recent phenomena, MOCAK presents them from their very source, that is to say, the activities of new talents in the process of being formed. For this reason, MOCAK’s third (after Alfa and Beta) gallery – Re Gallery, will be designated for art school students from Poland and abroad.
The MOCAK Library would like to invite you to the exhibition Posters – Poems, a display of Ryszard Krynicki’s poetic posters. These so-called ‘museums of poems’ were arranged by the author himself to present his personal anthology.
Posters that can be seen on the façade of the former salt warehouse in Podgórze are part of the project by Lukáš Houdek which is a testimony to his fascination with events familiar from history books.
In the exhibition at MOCAK, we present the photographs retrieved, courtesy of the author, from his Warsaw archives by Witek Orski, an artist and curator collaborating with the Warsaw gallery Czułość. The meeting of the two photographers gave us an opportunity to explore the backstage of Rolke’s work with models.
Ghislain Dussart photographed Brigitte Bardot from the very beginning of her career. Their long acquaintance came to fruition in some of the most famous photographs of Bardot, the icon of femininity. Thanks to the exhibition at MOCAK, we now have the opportunity to discover another, less classical, image of the star, an image processed by the fantasies of her collaborator.
The preparation of a museum exhibition is akin to a journey of discovery, that – apart from the very joy of travelling – also aims to verify the existing maps and to create a new topography of the phenomena of interest to us. The exhibition at the MOCAK Reading Room is the outcome of just such an exploration of its environment. Living Library sets out to capture the seminal moments in the life of books, highlighting their fascinating co-existence with the transformations in Polish reality.
The Collection III – while retaining a dozen or more works from the previous edition – broadens its scope with numerous photographic works. We aim to demonstrate the breadth of artistic statement available to the medium.
The exhibition fills three spaces and is devoted to three phenomena – two of these are Stuart Brisley and Alastair MacLennan. The third is an encounter with four artists: Jaap Blonk from the Netherlands, Seiji Shimoda from Japan, Roi Vaara from Finland and Artur Tajber from Poland
In Beta Gallery a collection of short art films by the design-generation group will be shown. The films evoke places in the cultural imagination that has been grafted onto us. They are daring, eccentric and humorous; often, cruel, terrifying and obscene, too.
In Alfa Gallery, utilitarian and decorative objects will be exhibited, including an eclectic bench, a rosary praying game, an Art Deco newspaper rack and a framed trophy. This exhibition will be a reference to the Polish and British design exhibition at Level 0.
The exhibition presents sustainable design projects, which aim to enable development without destruction. The characteristic features of these projects are their use of renewables and the elimination of any negative impact on the natural environment.
The materials compiled for the present exhibition and the publication that accompanies it provide an insight into art practices which developed outside the official art circles, within the complex zone of artistic strategies implemented despite artists’ being forced to function within the restrictive status quo of soc-realism.
Jiří Kolář’s exhbition is the first such large monographic presentation in Poland of one of the most prominent Czech artists. Kolář created mostly surreal collages, often produced using innovative techniques. To accompany the exhibition, MOCAK will publish Eyewitness, the first Polish translation of the artist’s post-war diaries.
An exhibition to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the founding of the international artist network Fluxus. The exhibition aims to provide a synopsis of the Fluxus activities during the European festivals organised during the 60s and 70s.
The bombing of Guernica during the 1937 Spanish civil war became part of world history thanks to Pablo Picasso’s painting Guernica. The American artist Anita Glesta refers to the event in her multimedia installation.
Wojciech Wilczyk’s exhibition Post-industrial Spaces will present over a dozen photographs from the series Post-industrial. The works were produced during 2003–2006.
A glass snow globe from Egypt, a hatchet from Zakopane, postcards from Sopot, a ship in a bottle, shell beads, a towel with a labrador, pressed herbs... The works of the group Banda from the Department of Graphic Art in Krakow are a playful take on summer souvenirs and holiday memories. What the collages, items, installations and art books on display have in common is that they were created during the 2012 heat wave.
An individual exhibition of Pola Dwurnik will present works from the series Apolonia’s Garden. The series alludes to the libretto of Alcina, an opera by George Frideric Handel: a witch who lives on an island turns her ex-lovers into plants and animals. The artist depicts her own past parters as animals and she analyses her relationships with them, drawing on the metaphor.
An exhibition based on a concept of the artist Robert Kuśmirowski. At MOCAK, we shall present works of young artists, produced – as the title of the exhibition makes clear – without any financial input whatsoever. On the one hand, this is a throwback to the romantic concept of penniless artistic creation, on the other – an indirect commentary on the issue of the financing of art and culture.
Sport in Art after History in Art, the second exhibition in the series which shows how artists see the issues that matter in people's everyday lives. Sport in Art, an international exhibition which presents over forty artists, takes on board the interpretion of the central theme as widely as possible – in terms of both content and the range of media used. We will show classical painters, film makers and objects as well as artists who put their lives at risk in confrontation with extreme sports.
Concept: Magdalena Mazik and Katarzyna Wincenciak
This small exhibition in the MOCAK Library provides a chance to see selected pieces of book art and catalogues from the Museum’s collection and archive.
An exhibition of the controversial Ukrainian photographer Sergey Bratkov, presented as part of the 10th anniversary edition of Photomonth in Krakow 2012. Two series of photographs will be on display:Kids and Army Girls.
EVA & ADELE are a couple of German artists who live and create ABOVE GENDER BOUNDARIES . Their guiding principle is: WHEREVER WE ARE IS MUSEUM! They want to impose on the world their vision of FUTURING. EVA & ADELE function in public space as an art work. The artists treat their own bodies as living sculpture, streets – as galleries and grand artistic events as a museum.
Transit, the exhibition of the work of Marek Chlanda, a Polish sculptor and graphic artist, presents over a hundred of his works – paintings and sculptures which combine into four well-meshed sequences. Dark visions create a cycle without a consistent narrative, creating a feeling of disquiet and loss in the viewer.
The works shown at the exhibition are somehow related to the phenomenon of urban myths – the artists create brand new myths or transform existing ones. Urban myths describe disturbing and incredible events, which stem from common fears, and some of them are cautionary tales. All the works employ the technique of the comic strip, with its characteristic strong narrative quality.
An individual exhibition of an American artist - Lynn Hershman Leeson, showing photographs from the series Roberta Breitmore, taken over the period of 1974–1978. The artist not only changed her appearance, but she went as far as to flesh out the character of Roberta Breitmore - treated by those around her as a real person.
Artists from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, Ukraine and Poland will be invited to take part in the exhibition "Journey East". We shall neither attempt to group works according to their nationality, nor pretend that the issue of national identity and national belonging is invisible...
The artist Małgorzata Markiewicz has designed the national costume for the citizens of the European Union. The costumes of particular member states only differ in the type of material that they are made of, and the trimmings. The exhibition in MOCAK is accompanied by a catalogue presenting the idea of the project, individual costumes and samples of the textiles used.
The exhibition Viennese Actionism: The Opposite Pole of Society presents works from the collection of the Essl Museum in Austria. The selection of the works presented highlights socially involved artistic stances. It shows art as a tool of social negotiation against the backdrop of the social and political transformations which have been taking place from the 1960s.
Presentation of the initiative by Ines Doujak and Oliver Ressler,
which has been carried out since 2014. As one of its parts, the
invited artists and activists create designs of banners which show
Quotes from the Collection is a year-long project at the MOCAK Library that will provide a framework for the presentation and discussion of selected works from the MOCAK Collection. The project will provide an opportunity to get to know works that are not at present part of the Collection exhibition as well as an incentive to analyse the creativity of selected artists in
an unhurried and in-depth way.
This will be the first such large scale and comprehensive presentation of works from the collection of the Museum of Contemporary Art in Cracow, MOCAK, to be presented in Italy. We will be presenting over 50 works including paintings, photographs, video, installations, and objects.
From 9 until 12 June, at the Lithuanian Exhibition and Congress Centre Litexpo in Vilnius, the 7th edition of the International Contemporary Art Fair ArtVilnius’16 will take place. This is one of the most prominent events of this kind in the Baltic states.
Death Does Not Have the Last Word: The Experience of Auschwitz Today in the Center for Persecuted Arts in the Art Museum Solingen
From December, in the Center for Persecuted Arts in the Art Museum Solingen it will be possible to view part of the exibition previously presented at MOCAK: Poland – Israel – Germany: The Experience of Auschwitz.
The first presentation of the exhibition Nikifors took place at MOCAK. Its second facet shown at the Tatra Museum in Zakopane has been organised as part of the 41st Academic Symposium ʻModern Economy and Public Administrationʼ.
An Exhibition of Paintings and Drawings from the Collection of the Józef Babiński Specialist Hospital in Krakow. From 17 November it will be transferred to the Książ Palace in Walbrzych.
From 3 until 28 November 2014 as part of the project In Polonia per saziare l´amore at Fondazione Pastificio Cerere there is on the exhibition of Krzysztof Niemczyk.
An Exhibition of Paintings and Drawings from the Collection of the Józef Babiński Specialist Hospital in Krakow. From 14 October until 13 November the exhibition will be presented in the District Museum in Leszno.
On Friday 4 July at 7 pm at the "Signs of the Times Centre" of Contemporary Art in Toruń the exibition will open entitled Collages or Home-Made Cut-and-Paste Postcards by Wisława Szymborska. The Museum of Contemporary Art in Krakow is the exhibition partner.
The exhibition Art Is Freedom is the first-ever presentation in Ukraine of works from the MOCAK Collection. The selection includes a few dozen works by Polish and international artists.
In the mid-1970s, Marian Eile made a series of photographic works. These mostly involved narratives consisting of pre-arranged scenes. Apart from a ‘serial’ about the Pendereckis, two other large series were The Ambush at the Ball and Historic Tableaux.
The sessions with the participation of Elżbieta and Krzysztof Penderecki were shot in their home in Krakow. Włodzimierz Mancewicz played Salvador Dali, with Anna Arvay as his wife; she also took the shots. A few dozen series were made.