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Think Crazy
January 31, 2013   
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The Think Crazy exhibition at the Zachęta National Gallery of Art documents the work of Marek Konieczny. The title is taken from the name of an artistic approach that Konieczny invented in 1974 and has pursued ever since. “Think Crazy” signifies the experience of unusual behaviors, emotions and intuitive responses along with the carnality and erotica which hide behind rationalism.

Konieczny made a major contribution to the conceptual transformation of Polish art in the 1960s and 1970s. He started with paintings, which after 1968 were gradually replaced by performance art marked by conceptualism and efforts to “dematerialize” the subject of art. Konieczny’s projects included Zrób co¶ z tym (Do Something About It, 1969), Wrzuć tu co¶ (Drop Something In, 1968-69) and 140 sztuk fioletowego papieru (140 Pieces of Purple Paper, 1970). All encouraged interaction from viewers so they would become active participants.

The Think Crazy idea marked another turning point in Konieczny’s work when he revisited the subject, highlighting it in a series of sophisticated and decadent paintings and depictions of pyramids, gold, sickles, frames, furs and animal figures seen in his videos and other works.

The exhibition at the Zachęta gallery constitutes a manifesto of the Think Crazy concept and also features Konieczny’s video works, which pulsate with humor, eroticism and radical gestures. They include 24012008 Think Crazy (1975), Dialog z piramid± (Dialogue with a Pyramid, 1975), Santa Conversatione (1975), Na morzu—siedem wieczorów, siedem poranków (Out at Sea—Seven Nights and Seven Mornings, 1975) and U¶miech (Smile, 1976).

Until Feb. 17
Zachęta National Gallery of Art; 3 Małachowskiego Sq.
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