Bunkier Gallery, Krakow: Beast

Maurycy Gomulicki | Beast

Unveiling: Saturday 25 May 2013, 7 pm
Curator: Anna Lebensztejn
Venue: Space outside Bunkier

Krakow is one of the oldest and, without any doubt, most touristically attractive Polish cities. However, it drowns in shades of sepia, celebrating its past ad infinitum and, at times, falling into the trap of old-fashionedness. At times, I don’t know any more which is more unlike a Brazil-like riot of colour: Warsaw’s greyness or Krakow’s drabness?

It so happens that both cities have their historic ‘mascots’, a bestiary of sorts: Warsaw rejoices in its siren, with comely bosoms, a creature who once sported two tails, and Krakow – in its dragon. Warsaw’s siren, however, seems to have been little explored in terms of her sensual potential. In Krakow, we have a rugged metal creature that entertains passers-by, terrifying them by belching out streams of gas-fuelled fire from its belly, perfectly safe and as regular as clockwork, ; we have one or another conventional the ‘Wawel-Dragon’ souvenir as well as Pagaczewski’s charming books featuring the beast from the Wawel Hill.

Yet, where are the rainbow scales, glistening in the sun, where is the nimble dragon’s flesh? I ask as someone thirsting for ostentatious manifestations of beauty. It was perhaps only Wawrzeniecki (a pupil of Matejko’s) who took up the challenge of painting the para-erotic ‘victims of the dragon’, but this is now all history, and quite faded, at that. With such a context to play with, I have permitted myself some small tropical contraband. As I have a weakness for synthetic forms, I have decided on a serpent. The symbolic, sexual context was not without significance. For years, I have been fascinated by the Polish minimalist small-scale sculpture of the end of the 1950s and beginning of the 60s. As we know, the most famous china factories are in Silesia; Ćmielów, Chodzież and Wawel are household names to all collectors.

Last year, I had the satisfaction of being able to have another dream come true, producing a series of china vipers, harking after the IWP tradition. I produced miniatures; now, the time has come to alter the scale of the enterprise – I hope that my shimmering lemon beast, slithering along the Planty, will awaken sinful thoughts. Especially, since yet another record winter is now behind us.

Maurycy Gomulicki, Mexico DF, 11 April 2013

Maurycy Gomulicki (b. 1969). An artist, designer, photographer, collector, anthropologist of pop culture. A hedonist, consistently promoting the Culture of Rapture. He studied Fine Arts in Warsaw, Barcelona, Milan and Mexico. A consultant and co-author of the ABCDF project – a visual dictionary of Mexico City (2000–2002). Co-author of the graphic and architectural design of the Mexican sex-shop network Erotika Sexshop, in which he continues to be involved. He became known to the public with his contrary, multimedia project Pink Not Dead! (2006). The author trzech  of three photographic albums: Fúnebre (jointly with Jerónimo Hagerman, Editorial Diamantina, 2006), Warszawa (Fundacja Bęc Zmiana, 2007) i Minimal Fetish (LeTo, 2010). In many of his works, he enters into a dialogue with erotica and pornography – to mention a few, the mural Fertilty Pop (2008) at Zachęta in Warsaw or the six collages under the joint title Pussy Mandala (2008–2009). In the recent years, he has frequently carried out interventions into public space, such as Perła (Wigry, 2009), Color Cube (Wrocław, 2010), Obelisk ( Poznań 2010) and Światłotrysk (Warsaw, 2009). He is very active artistically; his most recent projects include: Bibliophilia (MOCAK, Krakow, 2011) Kwiat Paproci (Arsenał, Białystok, 2011), Fantom (Open City, Lublin, 2011), Sanktuarium (Królikarnia, Warsaw, 2011), Widmo (Cité Administrative, Brussels, 2011) and Diamonds Are Forever (Arsenał, Poznań / Bibilioteka Narodowa, Warsaw, 2011). His most significant projects last year were Totem (Open’er, Gdynia) and Relax & Luxus (Artloop, Sopot). Gomulicki works with the gallery LeTo in Warsaw. He lives and works (intermittently) in Poland and Mexico.

The purchasing of works for the Bunkier Collection is carried out as part of the project There Will Be Artction! Enhancement of the Bunkier Sztuki Collection. Part-financed from the funds of the Minister of Culture and National Heritage.

The artists working closely with us have been invited to create interactive works, participative in character, planned especially in relation to Bunkier Sztuki and its surrounding space.

Collection Curator: Anna Lebensztejn


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