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Provocative Art in Koszalin
February 20, 2008 By Dariusz Pietrzak   
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Koszalin's Kontakt (Contact) exhibition showcases the work of some of Poland's foremost modern artists. This is the first time that Szczecin's Zachęta Contemporary Art collection has come to Koszalin.

As you walk in, you find yourself confronted with Marcin Berdyszak's 2004 Waterproof Still Life and Elżbieta Jabłońska's 2003 Matka (Mother). Jabłońska has taken American comic strip superheroes and placed them in contemporary apartments where there is no escaping from everyday life. Female counterparts to Batman, Superman and Spiderman are shown stuck at home looking after their babies.

Natalia LL's 1972 Sztuka konsumpcyjna (Consumer Art) is a repeated portrait of a woman eating a banana. This quasi-sexual act brings the carnality of consumption to the fore, only this time the male finds himself reduced to passivity in the face of a voracious female.

Zofia Kulik's Gotyk międzynarodowy II (International Gothic II) collection stands alongside Górna's work. A naked man is shown in a variety of poses against a backdrop that recalls a Gothic window or altar.

The artists with works on show also include Bożena Biskupska, Marta Deskur, Ryszard Górecki, Aneta Grzeszykowska, Maciej Kurak, Zbigniew Libera, Paweł Lubowski, Agata Michowska, Ewa Partum, Józef Robakowski, Zygmunt Rytka and Artur Zagajewski.

Gallery of Contemporary Art, Museum in Koszalin, 37 Młyńska St. Open until March 2.
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