MOCAK, Krakow: Beyond Corrupted Eye Akumulatory 2 Gallery, 1972–1990

Beyond Corrupted Eye Akumulatory 2 Gallery, 1972–1990

15.02.2013 – 28.04.2013

This exhibition, previously shown at the Zachęta National Gallery in Warsaw, attempts to present the history of Galeria Akumulatory 2 in Poznań – a place that for the eighteen years of its activity provided a non-commercial exhibition space for artists from all over the world. Throughout, Galeria Akumulatory 2 was an important spot on the map of artistic Poland.

During 1972–1990, 195 presentations (exhibitions, performances, actions, musical activities and lectures) were organised in Galeria Akumulatory 2. The gallery had a quasi-institutional status, lacking as it did any institutional backup and being obliged to exhibit in ever-changing venues.

The materials compiled for the present exhibition and the publication that accompanies it provide an insight into art practices which developed outside the official art circles, within the complex zone of artistic strategies implemented despite artists’ being forced to function within the restrictive status quo of soc-realism.

The eponymous ‘incorruptible eye’ refers both to the act of perception and to visibility. On the one hand, it refers to perception which does not cave in to ideological pressure and commercial temptations; on the other, to the distortion of what is deemed visible and what has been relegated to the realm of invisible.

The documentation compiled for the exhibition and the catalogue is largely based on hitherto unpublished material, making possible a new, in-depth study of the history presented.

Artists: Joanna Adamczewska, Eric Andersen, Angelo de Aquino, Lone Arendal, Imre Bak, Eduard Bal, Philippa Beale, Andrzej Bereziański, Terry Berkowitz, Tony Bevan, John Blake, Włodzimierz Borowski, János Brendel, Leszek Brogowski, Wojciech Bruszewski, Victor Burgin, Henri Chopin, Carlfriedrich Claus, COUM Transmissions, Michael Craig-Martin, Maria (Mariola) Dąbrowska, Andrzej Dłużniewski, Andrew Dutkewych, Janusz Dziubak, Jerzy Fedorowicz, Joel Fisher, Fluxus (A-Yo, George Brecht, Dick Higgins, Joe Jones, George Maciunas, Yoko Ono, Nam June Paik, Paul Sharits, Ben Vautier, Robert Watts), Ken Friedman, Wolfgang Fuchs, Adam Garnek, Mariusz Gill, Raimund Girke, Nat Goodden, Trevor Gould, Tom J. Gramse, Izabella Gustowska, Gerard Hemsworth, Geoffrey Hendricks, Dick Higgins, Susan Hiller, John Hilliard, Douglas Huebler, Tatsuo Ikeda, Jeff Instone, Jacek Jagielski, Sven-Ake Johansson, Joan Jonas, Kirsten Justensen, Margrit Kahl, Tadeusz Kalinowski, Jerzy Kałucki, Koji Kamoji, Kanal 2, Hiroshi Kawathu, Alicja Kępińska, Robin Klassnik, Akira Komoto, Jerzy Kopeć, Andrzej Kostołowski, Jarosław Kozłowski, Mariusz Kruk, László Lakner, Rolf Langebartels, Ólafur Lárusson, Richard Long, Jerzy Ludwiński, Hanna Łuczak, George Maciunas, Zbigniew Makarewicz, Peter Mandrup (Peter Mandrup Hansen), Joan Mathews, Yutaka Matsuzawa, Danuta Mączak, Barry McCallion, Ian McKeever, Yukiyoshi Moriya, Ian Murray, Avis Newman, Helmut Nickels, Ann Noël, Wojciech Olejniczak, Susan Ormerod, Tomasz Osiński, Andrzej Partum, Sef Peeters, Bogdan Perzyński, The Play, Mikołaj Poliński, Ludmiła Popiel-Fedorowicz, Michael Porter, Piotr Postaremczak, Maria Anna Potocka, Pamela Robertson-Pearce, Jerzy Rosołowicz, Reiner Ruthenbeck, Toshinori Saito, Barbara Schmidt-Heins i Gabriele Schmidt-Heins, Peter Jörg Splettstösser, Galerie S:t Petri, Helmut Streich, Sudurgata 7, Kishio Suga, Piotr Szyhalski, Feliks Szyszko, Petr Štembera, Amikam Toren, Francesc Torres, Endre Tót, David Troostwyk, Andrzej Turowski, Jacek Tylicki, Janos Urban, Jiří Valoch, Tadeusz Walter, Franz Erhard Walther, Lawrence Weiner, Andrzej Wielgosz, Emmett Williams, Richard Wilson, Tomasz Wilmański, Dorotheé von Windheim, Krzysztof Wodiczko

Collaboration: Natalia Brandt, Magdalena Komornicka

Curators:
    Bożena Czubak, Jarosław Kozłowski
Co-ordinator:
    Katarzyna Wąs

MOCAK
Museum of Contemporary Art in Krakow
ul. Lipowa 4
30-702 Krakow

Opening hours:
Tue-Sun 11 am- 7 pm
 

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