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Katarzyna Kobro – Between Sculpture and Architecture

25.02.2014 at 6 pm

Published at:13.02.2014

On Tuesday 25th February the MOCAK Library would like to invite you to Małgorzata Jędrzejczyk's lecture Katarzyna Kobro – Between Sculpture and Architecture.

Unlike the works of her husband, Władysław Strzemiński, Katarzyna Kobro's art is still marginalised by researchers of avant-garde movements in the art of the interwar period. Her radical and exceedingly comprehensive conception of sculpture appeared too early to attract followers, while many of the problems she had addressed became subject of extensive art analysis only in 1960s and 1970s. During the meeting in the MOCAK Library Kobro's art will be shown in the context of the special status of her sculptural compositions, placing themselves between experiment in modern form and art that seeks (utopian in its assumption?) unity with life. The lecture will also address the question of the relation between Kobro's art and architecture.

Małgorzata Jędrzejczyk – a doctoral student at the Institute of Art History of Jagiellonian University  and a student of interdisciplinary doctoral studies Society – Environment – Technology. She also studied at  Universität Wien. A vice-chairman of SPLOT Foundation, cultural animator, translator from German, co-odinator of Dyscypliny/Sztuki project devoted to philosophy and art theory. She works in cultural education and as an independent curator. She conducts research in the conception of sculpture and the question of a work of art's opening out towards the viewer in Katarzyna Kobro's art.

A series of meetings with young researchers entitled Avant-garde of Central and Eastern Europe – Innovation or Imitation?, which is carried out at the Faculty of Polish Studies at Jagiellonian University, is financed thanks to a grant from The National Programme for the Development of Humanities oraganised by The Ministry of Science and Higher Education. The main aim of the project is to answer the question whether the avant-garde movements arising in this part of Europe can be seen as a coherent trend in art and where its autonomy in regard to Western and Russian avant-garde might lie.

We encourage you to visit the project's website: www.awangarda-srodka.pl

The lecture and discussion will be conducted in Polish.