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Kalinowska on Show in Vienna
April 29, 2009   
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The Museum of Contemporary Art in Vienna (MUMOK) April 17 opened an exhibition of works by up-and-coming Polish artist Agnieszka Kalinowska.

The exhibition, entitled Draughty House, features a sculpture and three videos, including a video installation that Kalinowska made especially for the occasion. The leading theme of the exhibition is the lives of refugees in Austria.

Kalinowska, 38, is one of Poland’s most important female artists of the young generation. She is a graduate of the Fine Arts Academy in Poznań, but she was born in Warsaw, where she also lives and works. In her works, Kalinowska frequently looks at human behavior in extreme situations. “If our lives were action movies, I would only focus on scenes in which we show our strength and endurance... and make use of our pure, superhuman ability to solve problems,” Kalinowska says.

The figures depicted in the Draughty House videos are refugees who have ended up in Austria for various reasons. Viewers watch stories of their past hardships and dreams of the future from the angle of a sculpted wall.


Until June 14
Museum of Contemporary Art (MUMOK), Museumplatz 1, A-1070 Vienna
Tickets: 9 euros, www.mumok.at
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