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Exhibitions
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1960s Vision of the Future
   
A new exhibition at Warsaw’s Museum of Modern Art allows viewers to see how artists and scientists in the 1960s imagined the future. It takes audiences back to the Cybernetic Serendipity exhibition held in London in 1968, a milestone event staged at the Institute of Contemporary Arts that explored the relationship between art and new technology. That exhibition made headlines around the world and drew almost 60,000 viewers. The exhibition illustrated the interest artists had in science and the aspects of art that scientists found intriguing. Cybernetic Serendipity featured work by over 130 artists, composers, engineers, mathematicians and poets who tried to imagine what culture would look like in the era of cybernetics.

Taking its name from the original Cybernetic Serendipity, the new exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art, entitled Szczęśliwe przypadki cybernetyki in Polish, comprises extensive documentation of the seminal London event, including photographs taken at the Institute of Contemporary Arts, maps, promotional materials, press cuttings, invitations and publications. These allow present-day audiences to compare the futuristic visions of the late 1960s with how the world turned out eventually.

Until Oct. 31
Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw; 51 Emilii Plater St.
Open Tue.-Sun noon-8 p.m.; Free admission