Zachęta National Gallery of Art, Warsaw: UNTITLED

Goshka Macuga, The Letter, 2011, tapestry, photo by Przemysław Pokrycki

Goshka Macuga – Untitled Solo in Warsaw

02.12.2011 – 19.02.2012

The Polish artist delves into the archives of Warsaw's museums to uncover the many faces of censorship in art since 1989

World-renowned artist Goshka Macuga has been exhibited extensively in Europe and, most recently, in America as part of both solo and group shows. Untitled marks the artist's first individual presentation in her native Poland.

Alongside a spectrum of earlier works, the show presents a work Macuga has created especially for Zachęta, which is to be unveiled at the opening. Overall the theme is based on Polish censorship in Polish art after 1989. Macuga uses archival materials to show how the relationship between art and its audience and the museum space itself has changed. It pokes into the mechanisms of censorship and the limitations it has placed, and continues to place, on the artist's freedom and the channels of communication available. Examining certain situations over the past 20 years of exhibiting in Poland's major art institutions, Macuga illustrates how the fall of communism did not immediately entail the fall of censorship, showing how the works of Piotr Uklański or Mauricio Cattelan were destroyed, how artists, curators and works of art were targeted by both the government and the public itself, long nurtured with the tough gruel of propaganda. She collects these histories and revives an interest in the matter, leading the art world to question how much has changed in the past two decades.

Macuga's method of work is referred to as the "archeology of culture", founded to a great extent on the research of archives linked with the history of an institution. She is part artist and part curator, weaving in her own original works with the works of other artists and historical artifacts. She strives to revive the ideas behind these works by placing them into a new, contemporary context.

Goshka Macuga (born in 1967) is an interdisciplinary artist working across a variety of media, including sculpture, installation, photography, architecture and design. The Polish-born artist now lives and works in London, having completed her studies at the Central Saint Martins School of Art and w Goldsmiths College. In 2008 she was nominated for the Turner Prize for her Objects in Relation exhibition at the Tate Britain.

Curator: Maria Brewińska.                                      

Exhibition dates: 2nd of December, 2011  – 19th of February, 2012.

Zachęta National Gallery of Art
Plac Małachowskiego 3, 00-916 Warsaw

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