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In Search of New Modernism
April 26, 2012   
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Visitors to the international New Sculpture? exhibition at the Zachęta National Gallery of Art can see how contemporary artists who employ sculpture, objects and installations incorporate modernist traditions into their work and how they question whether the ideals of modernism are still relevant.

New Sculpture? deals with New Modernism, but only as far as sculpture, objects and installation are concerned, ignoring other forms of art. Items on display at the Zachęta represent different degrees of the esthetics of modernism and include “Stairs” by Monika Sosnowska, a monumental, 5-meter structure which Sosnowska produced after a visit to Israel in 2008. She was inspired by a spiral staircase made of raw concrete in Tel Aviv. Her black metal “Stairs” with railings of red PVC reach from the exhibition room’s floor all the way to the ceiling, like a column which supports the roof and prevents it from collapsing.

According to Maria Brewińska, the curator of the exhibition, New Sculpture? asks questions about the form of new sculpture and the language used by artists. “What draws artists to modernism, what is their way of drawing on the modernist tradition? The exhibition does not focus exclusively on similarities and a search for a familiar language in contemporary art, even though some of the works on display do,” Brewińska said.

“The exhibition also seeks ways to process language, push boundaries and introduce all kinds of forms to sculpture-related projects.”

Other artists featured in the exhibition include Martin Boyce, Thea Djordjadze, Kasia Fudakowski, Jerzy Goliszewski, Wade Guyton, Mai-Thu Perret and Tatiana Trouvé.

Until May 13
Zachęta National Gallery of Art
3 Małachowskiego St., tel. 22 827-58-54, www.zacheta.art.pl
Open Tue.-Sun. noon-8 p.m.
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