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Nature in Art

26.04.2019 - 29.09.2019

Mankind is the only species on Earth to have mastered nature. For thousands of years, this was a domination of the predators rejoicing in their power. Fortunately, human beings began to develop empathy in relation to nature; they recognised its pain, sensitivity and beauty. Some hundred years ago the reflection came that the existence of the human species depends closely on the state of the natural environment. Exploitation of nature gradually shifted towards seeking a balance. This slow process says a lot about our species. No wonder that it has also become an important forum of artistic commentary.

At the exhibition Nature in Art we show contemporary works of more than 70 artists from many countries, in techniques ranging from painting, photography and video to object and installation. The exhibition has been divided into five parts: Beauty, Ecology, Confrontation, Matter and Symbol.

In works related to beauty artists eternalise picturesque views, imitate processes that take place in nature, evoke the sensation of being in the presence of nature and provide scope for the contemplation of its perfection. Ecology focuses on concern for the predicament of the natural environment, and action on behalf of the preservation of nature but also apocalyptic vis. Confrontation revolves around the clash – or integration – of the artist with the forces of nature, human endeavours to face up to its challenge and comparing their respective strengths as well as making nature part of the creative process. Matter relies on the artists employing organic elements and creating representations that rely on accurate rendition of the structure and expression of the given surface. Symbol predominantly refers to representations of animals that illustrate human stances and characteristics.

Venue:
Level 0
Exhibition date:
26.04.2019 - 29.09.2019
Opening date:
25.04.2019 at 6 pm
Artists:
Basia Bańda
Kuba Bąkowski
Krzysztof M. Bednarski
Vaughn Bell
Michalina Bigaj
Julius von Bismarck
Blue Republic
Rafał Borcz
Guido Casaretto
Maurizio Cattelan
Julian Charrière
Tatiana Czekalska /
Leszek Golec
Dawid Czycz
Oskar Dawicki
Wim Delvoye
Elmas Deniz
Jan Fabre
Julian Fałat
Lauren Fensterstock
Vibha Galhotra
Isa Genzken
Maya Gold
Trevor Gould
Nicolas Grospierre /
Olga Mokrzycka-Grospierre
Nilbar Güreş
Tomohiro Higashikage
Weronika Izdebska
Rolf Julius
Ewa Juszkiewicz
Ania Kanicka
Felix Kiessling
Fabian Knecht
Azade Köker
Bartosz Kokosiński
Wojciech Kopczyński
Juliusz Kosin
Grzegorz Kozera
Agata Kus
Rebecca Louise Law
Sarah Lucas
Piotr Lutyński
Krzysztof Maniak
Małgorzata Markiewicz
Teresa Murak
Julian Opie
Meret Oppenheim
Witek Orski
Javier Perez
Dorota Podlaska
Henri Rousseau
Deborah Sengl
Luzia Simons
Robert Smithson
Justyna Smoleń
Wojciech Ireneusz Sobczyk
Daniel Spoerri
Jonasz Stern
Beat Streuli
Yoshihiro Suda
Leon Tarasewicz
Tomasz Tatarczyk
Toni R. Toivonen
Arie van ’t Riet
Kathleen Vance
Anna VanMatre
Willy Verginer
Zbigniew Warpechowski
Marek Wasilewski
Sinta Werner
Curators:
Delfina Jałowik
Maria Anna Potocka
Martyna Sobczyk
Co-ordinator:
Agnieszka Sachar