In Warsaw I have visited The National Gallery of art called Zachęta.
“Zachęta’s” basic tasks are:
1) the preparation of a programme for the promotion of contemporary art;
2) the exchanging of exhibitions and collaborating with other art galleries;
3) the production of publications in the field of the fine arts;
4) the collection and making available of documentation and information on contemporary art;
5) the realisation of education activities;
6) the collection, inventory and preservation of works of contemporary art;
7) collaboration with cultural institutions and associations active in the field of the fine arts and other social organisations;
8) artistic advice and provision of services in the field of exhibition production and education activities.
Director of the gallery- Hanna Wróblewska
THE SPLENDOUR OF TEXTILES
With a few exceptions, the exhibition encompasses works of Polish artists made from the second half of the 1940s up until the present. The art of textiles is considered both from the perspective of the newest artistic practices, as well as in a historical context, as for example in the case of the “Polish textile school.” The project shows the conceptual and communicational potential of the medium, able to convey clear historical, propaganda, critical, religious and patriotic messages.
You enter to the gallery through a curtain. It protects against the cold, but it smells really bad as well. That’s because it is made out of clothing witch Franciszek Orłowski has exchanged with homeless people. The stairs are covered with a carpet which is made by Leon Tarasewicz, and makes the impression of a cloudy sky.
Normally by the entrance to the first floor there is a sculpture of a Gladiator. But for the time of the exhibition it has been exchanged for a woman dummy, dressed by Anna Nawrot In ties for men, which the artist buys In second hands. The exhibition aim is to restore the fabric to art. It reminds that it Has experience the same adventures In Polish history as well as painting or sculpture.
The piece I Lidek Best, and which made the most impression on me was Aneta Grzeszykowska’s work. She made a fabric made out of Velcro plant. I made me think about how amazing the results can be if you just opened your mind to the things that surround us every day, and you normally do not see.