Wanda Czełkowska: Art Is Not Rest
28 October 2023, 10:00 am (CET)
Wanda Czełkowska (1930–2021) was a key figure of the Polish avant-garde whose work remained almost unnoticed by art history until recently. She started her career near the end of the 1950s in Kraków and played an important role in the development of conceptual art in Poland. As a member of the famous Second Kraków Group, she maintained an independent voice and never fully engaged in the artistic discourse and social life of the group. Those who knew Czełkowska often refer to her as someone who trod her own separate path.
Her oeuvre was driven by a profound belief in the intelligence and authenticity of art, which led her beyond formal or political considerations: ‘Art uncovers truths of the world,’ she wrote in her notes. In this sense, the artist was a worthy heir of the avant-garde thought, never giving in to postmodern disillusion. Unlike her contemporaries Alina Szapocznikow and Magdalena Abakanowicz, her work remains largely unknown outside of Poland.
The exhibition of Wanda Czełkowska at Muzeum Susch, curated by Matylda Taszycka, is the first retrospective of the artist outside Poland providing a comprehensive overview of her artistic career and a thought-provoking narrative highlighting her original contribution to the development of post-war sculpture in Europe.
The one-day symposium devoted to the work of Czełkowska, organised as part of the exhibition and accompanying the artist’s monograph, aims to enhance the international reception of the artist’s oeuvre and present it within a broader context open to new enriching interpretations
For more information about the monograph book here
The symposium will be held in English.
Admission free upon registration
Web-stream will start here 28 October, 10 am (CET)
The symposium will be recorded and available to watch online on our website.
founder of Muzeum Susch
Chairwoman of the Board of Art Stations Foundation CH
curator of discursive programme at Muzeum Susch
curator of Wanda Czełkowska: Art Is Not Rest exhibition
Wanda Czełkowska: 'Sculpture Is an Intellectual Event'
Lecture: Dorota Grubba-Thiede
Lecture: Amelia Jones
Lecture: Mathieu Copeland
Crossing the Boundaries of Sculpture: Wanda Czełkowska and Transformations of Art
Participants: David Crowley, Mathieu Copeland, Sarah Wilson, Agnieszka Tarasiuk
Moderator: Agnieszka Sosnowska
Wanda Czełkowska: 'A Third Kind of Human Being'
Lecture: Matylda Taszycka
Lecture: Ewa Opałka
Face, Head, and After-Face in Czełkowska's Art: Matter, Meanings, and Interpretations
Participants: Ewa Opałka, Charlotte Matter, Matylda Taszycka
Moderator: Anna Szyjkowska-Piotrowska
Online guided tour: Wanda Czełkowska: Art Is Not Rest