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Young Painters on Tour
November 25, 2011   
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The title of the Four Rooms exhibition at the Center for Contemporary Art is a reference to four rooms in the Ujazdowski Castle basement, where the exhibition is housed, and the Four Rooms movie (1995), which is made up of four short stories directed by Quentin Tarantino, Robert Rodriguez, Alexandre Rockwell and Allison Anders.

At the exhibition, the directors have been replaced by four curators: Ewa Gorz±dek, Helena Kontova, Giancarlo Politi, and Nicola Trezzi. Both the movie and the works on display are best described as surrealistic, visionary, brutal and ironic.

The project originated at this year’s Biennale in Prague, where three curators decided to highlight new work at an exhibition called Painting Overall. Kontova, Politi and Trezzi picked a group of young artists from Europe and the United States who in their works challenge traditional painting, pushing its boundaries. From Prague, the exhibition went on tour and after Warsaw, it will travel to Italy, Romania and Israel to finally to New York. At each stop, the three curators team up with a local curator who recommends local painters for the exhibition. The Warsaw curator is Ewa Gorz±dek and her recommended painter is Małgorzata szymankiewicz, a young artist based in the western city of Poznań. At the Center for Contemporary Art, Szymankiewicz has painted an abstract composition directly on the basement walls.

Other artists featured in the exhibition include Sonia Almedia, Jo Robertson, Mark Barrow, Baldur Geir Bragason, Vittorio Brodmann, Ana Cardoso, Aline Cautis, Ann Craven, Francesca DiMattio, and Ida Ekbald.

On display through Jan. 29
Ujazdowski Castle Center for Contemporary Art
2 Jazdów St., tel. + 48 22 628-12-71 to 73, www.csw.art.pl
Gallery open Tue.-Sun. noon-7 p.m.,
Fri. noon-9 p.m., free admission on Thursdays.
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