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Film showing: Anna Baumgart The Conquerors of the Sun

18.10.2012 at 18:30

Published at:10.10.2012

During the opening on 18 October at 6.30  there will be a film showing: Anna Baumgart  The Conquerors of the Sun. All welcome!

The Conquerors of the Sun is the latest archive-cum-thriller of the visual artist Anna Baumgart. This is a story of an agitprop train, which at the beginning of 1920s leaves Moscow for Berlin, only to come to a standstill on a sidetrack in Koluszki near Łódź. Baumgart invited the art historian Andrzej Turowski to take part in the project. This encounter resulted an unusual work, provoking reflection on the genealogy of modernist avante-garde. The book poses numerous questions about the truth of history and the point of using sources in art history; it is full of humour and fluently combines different literary conventions. Apart from the film, this unusual journey  also found reflection in Andrzej Turowski’s book The Locomotive of History, a text which straddles a historical treatise and science fiction, and a robust thriller, to boot.

Anna Baumgart – post-conceptual artist, director, stage designer. Exhibits in Poland and abroad, including the Brooklyn Muzeum of Art, the NKB and Kunstwerke in Berlin, the Museum on the Seam in Israel, the Casino Luxembourg in Luxembourg, the CCA in Moscow, Zachęta the National Art Gallery and CSW Ujazdowski Castle in Warsaw. Her works can be found in prestigious art collections such as Hauser & Wirth, FRAC Poitou-Charentes, Zachęta the National Art Gallery, the Collection of the European Parliament, the Museum of the Upper Silesia. Her 2010 film Fresh Cherries has been presented in many international festivals of art and documentary video:  Videobrasil in São Paulo, Videonale in Bonn, New Horizons, WatchDocs; it has also been awarded by the public as the best video at the festival LOOP in Barcelona. Works closely with the Warsaw gallery lokal_30. Lives and works in Warsaw.

Andrzej Turowski – critic and art historian, professor of contemporary art history at the University of Burgundy in France. Collaborated with Galeria Foksal as art critic. Has written some few hundred academic papers and a number of books (Existe-t-il un art de l'Europe de l'Est?, Budowniczowie świata, Malewicz w Warszawie). Has assisted the organisation of international exhibitions of contemporary art such as Présences polonaises in Paris (1983), Europa dei razionalisti in Como (1989), Europa, Europa in Bonn (1994). Curated numerous exhibitions, including Malewicz’s Supremus (2005), Kujawski’s Maranatha (2006), Fin des temps! L’histoire n’est plus in Tulon (2004), Awake and Dream and Particolare in Venice (2009, 2011), as well as Powtórki z teorii widzenia in Warsaw (2010). Has lectured at the Warsaw University as a visiting professor. Lives and works in Paris.