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Following exhibitions and projects

Following exhibitions and projects

Temporary exhibitions

Géza Perneczky, from the series //Concepts like Commentary//, 1972, photograph, 30,5 × 40,5 cm, MOCAK Collection, © Géza Perneczky1

The Artist Is Present

Opening date: 24.06.2021 at 4 pm–9 pm
Exhibition date: 25.06.2021 - 20.03.2022
Venue: Building A, level 0

The exhibition is a presentation of artistic strategies based on the artist’s use of their own body as a means of expression and a source of symbols. The self-portrait is the underpinning area of such activity, which also involves a study of the body’s strength, attractiveness, disfigurement and functionality. This is where painting and performance work best. This art declares unequivocally that the basic material and inspiration in visual creation is the human being.

Przemek Matecki, untitled [Michaelangelo], from the series //Small Paintings//, 2016–2018, mixed technique / canvas, 20 × 20 cm, MOCAK Collection2

Art Feeds on Art

Opening date: 24.06.2021 at 4 pm–9 pm
Exhibition date: 25.06.2021 - 20.03.2022
Venue: Building A, level 0

The works presented at the exhibition are most often based on painting and sculpture, but also on literature and film. The artists draw on old art and the work of their contemporaries. They choose meaningful works and enter into a dialogue with them – whether critical, affirmative, or, occasionally, humorous. They reinterpret literary and film works. They give a topical slant to established iconographic patterns, such as the adoration of the Magi or crucifixion. They create their own variants of well-known masterpieces.

Milan Knížák, //Fly//, 1987, photograph, screw, string, 13.5 × 13.5 cm, MOCAK Collection3

Music as Notation: Music as Experiment

Opening date: 24.06.2021 at 4 pm–9 pm
Exhibition date: 25.06.2021 - 13.03.2022
Venue: Beta Gallery

The MOCAK Collection contains several dozen scores of experimental music. These are usually musical notations written in private languages and intended for performers who work directly with the composer. The starting point for this part of the exhibition are works shown in the Polish Institutes in Prague (1983) and Paris (1985), and at the Royal Academy of Music in London (1986) during the exhibition Musical Score as Piece of Art. These include graphic scores by Marek Chołoniewski, Piotr Grella-Możejko, Krzysztof Penderecki, Bogusław Schaeffer and Ewa Synowiec. Another part of the exhibition consists of scores understood in a broader sense. These are written down and drawn plans of action and performance, several of which took place in Krakow.

Jadwiga Sawicka, //Phantoms of Love//, 2017, acrylic, collage / paper, 24,5 × 18 × 2 cm; //Battle of the Sexes//, 2017, acrylic, collage / paper, 20,5 × 13,5 × 3 cm; //In Tears//, 2017, acrylic, collage / paper, 31,5 × 24,5 × 1 cm, courtesy J. Sawicka, photo: R. Sosin4
Jadwiga Sawicka

The Cover Alien to the Book: Library Intervention

Opening date: 24.06.2021 at 4 pm–9 pm
Exhibition date: 25.06.2021 - 29.10.2021
Venue: MOCAK Library

As part of her intervention, the artist gave the old books new titles and painted new dust jackets. Thus, the former content of the books was invalidated. The gesture is radical, but not final: the dust jackets can be removed so as to return to the original relationship between the dust jacket and the content.