The Power of Fantasy

Modern and Contemporary Art from Poland

Divided throughout the 19th century, occupied during the Second World War, and subsequently under the Soviet yoke for decades, Poland became a democracy in 1989. In this wounded country, victim of a succession of oppressive regimes, there developed a flourishing culture that gave expression, down the centuries, to a spirit of resistance to any order imposed from outside. Via the absurd and the fantastic, Polish artists reacted to the chaos of the real world with art imbued with a spirit of resistance, not in order to flee reality, but with a view to reconstructing it. The exhibition will show the work of internationally renowned contemporary artists, including Miroslaw Balka, Monika Sosnowska, and Wilhem Sasnal. Their works will be juxtaposed with seminal Polish works of art from the 19th and 20th centuries. Seeing these works side by side brings home just how deeply rooted the exploration of the fantastic and the irrational is in Polish art.

Curators : David Crowley, Zofia Machnicka, Andrzej Szczerski

Exhibition organised as part of I, CULTURE – the International Cultural Programme of the Polish Presidency of the EU Council.
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Opening: Friday 24.06.2011
Following days
Ending date: Sunday 18.09.2011
Rue Ravenstein
Price at the ticketingoffice
€ 8,00: full price
€ 7,20: MYBOZAR
€ 6,00: over 60 / groups / under 26
€ 4,00: teachers / jobseekers
€ 2,50: schools / under 18
EXPO SUMMER PASS: 3 exhibitions: € 15,00
The Power of Fantasy + Jeff Wall : € 12,00

“Power of Fantasy. Modern and Contemporary Art from Poland”
English publication - 180 pages, hardcover, 28,5x22,5 cm
Publisher: BOZAR BOOKS and Prestel
€ 39,95 
In the framework of: Polish Presidency of the Council of the European Union
Supported by: Ministry of Culture and National Heritage of the Republic of Poland | the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Poland | Embassy of Poland
Participation: FM Brussel
Olaf Brzeski	
Dream - Spontaneous Combustion, 2008, resin and soot, c. 175 cm high
Czarna Gallery, Warsaw
Olaf Brzeski Dream - Spontaneous Combustion, 2008, resin and soot, c. 175 cm high Czarna Gallery, Warsaw

Interview with Luc Tuymans & Poolse curators David Crowley, Zofia Machnicka, Dr Andrzej Szczerski
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