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Pushing the Boundaries
November 3, 2014   
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It Is My Happiness in You That You Don’t Know Me Yet, a new exhibition at Warsaw’s Monopol gallery, explores the relations between two legendary Polish avant-garde artists, Andrzej Partum and Zbigniew Warpechowski.

Warpechowski, born in 1938, is a pioneer of performance art in Poland and abroad. Radical and insistent in asking existential questions, he started pursuing performance art in 1967. He has staged over 250 performances to date in 26 countries, including in Israel, the United States, Canada and Japan as well as across Europe.

Like Warpechowski, Partum (1938-2002) is regarded as a performance artist, but he was also more than that and escaped attempts at pigeon-holing. He was a self-taught poet, composer, painter and filmmaker who also wrote manifestos and critical articles about contemporary art. In his work, Partum sought to turn his own life into a form of artistic creation and considered art to be the essence of his life. He made a name for himself as a provocative artist whose performances exposed the absurdity of life in communist Poland. Partum did not leave much tangible work behind, as many of his projects involved gestures and improvised interaction.

Both known for their nonconformist attitudes, Partum and Warpechowski were longtime friends who shared an urge to push boundaries in art as a total and immediate experience.

Until Nov. 19
Monopol Gallery; 117 Jerozolimskie Ave.
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