MOCAK, Krakow: Economics in Art

Economics in Art

17.05.2013 – 29.09.2013

The Krasnals. Whielki Krasnal, Piramida zwierząt / na podstawie pracy Katarzyny Kozyry, 2008, olej oil on canvas, 92 x 65 cm. Courtesy of The Krasnals.

Economics in Art is the third in the series of exhibitions presented by MOCAK the Museum of Contemporary Art in Krakow to relate art to the most significant domains of civilisation such as history, sport, science, religion and art. To date, two exhibitions in the series have taken place: History in Art and Sport in Art.

The juxtaposition of economics and art is not self-explanatory. On the one hand, there is a pragmatic discipline, cold and based on mathematics, on the other hand – the realm of unrestrained artistic imagination. However, the encounter of these two areas turns out to be fascinating. Economics has provided a source of inspiration for many contemporary artists, frequently provoking non-obvious artistic actions. Today, with the world is facing a global economic crisis, the voice of the artist has become particularly topical and noteworthy; the themes that artists take on board have become crucial in the discourse on civilisation.

The exhibition Economics in Art is a collection of works of a few dozen artists from Poland and other countries, who represent various techniques and media. The exhibition has been structured around a number of issues:

Value. How is value created? What are the symbols of value? How can it be manipulated? In what way is it an artificial or contractual concept?

The ethics of market activities and mechanisms. To what extent does economic success justify ethical compromise? Should the rich feel guilty?

Humanist aspects of economics. How strong is the chain that links economic and social problems?

Art’s dependence on market forces. What does the value of a work of art depend on? How do market games work? Why should the artist’s work have value? What does it mean to be an owner of art?

The exhibition will be accompanied by ample Polish and English publications, reflecting on the most significant problematics resulting from the relationship between economics and art. The texts have been written by such authors as Edwin Bendyk, Jerzy Hausner and Georgina Adam, the Editor of The Art Newspaper and a Financial Times correspondent.

    Zanny Begg & Oliver Ressler
    Joseph Beuys
    Bernhard Blume
    Liena Bondare
    Luchezar Boyadjiev
    Rafał Bujnowski
    Christoph Büchel
    Jose Maria Cano
    Jota Castro
    Josef Dabernig
    Oskar Dawicki
    Pola Dwurnik
    Eva Grubinger
    Andreas Gursky
    Alfredo Jaar
    Christian Jankowski
    Toril Johannessen
    Laura Kalauz & Martin Schick
    Leopold Kessler
    Olga Kisseleva
    Robin Klassnik
    Karolina Kowalska
    Jarosław Kozłowski
    Michael Landy
    Hipolit Lipiński
    Pavlo Makov
    Antoni Muntadas
    Lada Nakonechna
    Dan Perjovschi
    Santiago Sierra
    Klaus Staeck
    Rirkrit Tiravanija
    Mona Vătămanu and Florin Tudor
    Whielki Krasnal

    Monika Kozioł
    Delfina Piekarska
    Maria Anna Potocka

Co-ordinator: Jeanne Pagin

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