Art and Philosophy
June 27, 2013
A collection of work by Iza Tarasewicz, one of the most recognizable young artists in Poland, is on display at the Xawery Dunikowski Museum of Sculpture in Warsaw’s Królikarnia Palace. The exhibition, entitled Clinamen, brings together the artist’s earlier pieces as well as some of her new sculptures created especially for the show.
In her work, Tarasewicz—born in 1981 in the eastern city of Białystok—often examines fundamental issues such as violence and human frailty. She sculpts, draws and practices performance art.
The exhibition combines works by Tarasewicz with pieces from the collection of the National Museum in Warsaw; the aim is to have the items interact with one another. The title of the exhibition comes from Roman poet and philosopher Titus Lucretius Carus (c. 99-55 B.C.), who built upon the atomistic theory of ancient Greek philosopher Epicurus (341-270 B.C.) and coined the term “clinamen” to explain spontaneous and unpredictable swerves in the movement of atoms. According to Lucretius, this phenomenon means that people are also free to determine their destinies.
When sculpting Tarasewicz often uses clay and plaster as well as unconventional materials such as concrete, tar, gold, glass, ash and animal intestines. At the Królikarnia Palace, these materials are juxtaposed with objects that testify to the history of the venue, such as the spatula of the master sculptor Xawery Dunikowski, after whom the museum is named; a piece of an 18th-century sculptural decoration; and a postwar photograph of the palace in ruins. The aim is to provoke questions about the status of sculpture as an artistic discipline, its form and materiality as well as about the artist’s role in the creative process.
Until Aug. 11; Xawery Dunikowski Museum of Sculpture
Królikarnia Palace, 113a Puławska St.