MOCAK is already open!
On the 19th May at 1 pm MOCAK opening press conference took place, conducted by the journalist Roman Kurkiewicz. Those seated at the conference table were the President of Krakow Jacek Majchrowski, MOCAK’s Director Maria Anna Potocka, Tomasz Gutkowski – the Director of Krakow Photomonth, Professor Jerzy Porębski, Adam Mazur (curator of the exhibition Maurycy Gomulicki. Bibliophilia and Delfina Piekarska (curator of the exhibition the Award of the Vordemberge-Gildewart Foundation, as well as Assistant Curator of the History in Art exhibition).
A few hours later, at 6 pm, MOCAK’s opening ceremony began.
‘I am incredibly happy that I can give Krakow, and – at the risk of sounding pompous – also to give Poland such a fantastically designed and equipped space for contemporary art,’ said Maria Anna Potocka.
The second to speak was the President of Krakow Jacek Majchrowski. He commented, ‘We have entered a new chapter in the story of Polish museums.’ He added, ‘I think that MOCAK’s presence will be felt also outside of Poland’.
The Polish President Bronisław Komorowski emphasised Krakow’s role in promoting the most recent art. ‘Thanks to innovative projects such as this we can successfully ensure that Poland will be associated with modern art and it will be able to demonstrate that it can compete in today’s world also in the field of art and culture’.
After his speech, the Polish President handed over to Maria Anna Potocka his gift for MOCAK – the Portrait of Alina Shapochnikov, a painting by Barbara Jonscher.
After the speeches, President Komorowski accompanied by the Director of the Museum toured the History in Art exhibition and the MOCAK collection.
At 7.30 pm in the MOCAK courtyard, the renowned classical German artist Boris Nieslony presented Feather fell down on Krakow, a performance dedicated to the victims of genocide. Nieslony smashed forty window panes on his head while one of the spectators read out a list of 40 countries where human rights are brutally broken.
Hundreds of visitors came to MOCAK on the day. We thank you all for such numerous presence on the great day.