Zachęta curates the Polish Pavilion and organises exhibitions at the Art Biennale and Architecture Biennale in Venice.
Held biannually since 1895, the International Art Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia is one of the world’s most prestigious artistic events. Poland has participated since 1932. The Pavilion’s construction was financed by the Polish government and it remains its property to this day. During the six months of the exhibition, projects from all over the world are presented in national pavilions in the Giardini area, the Arsenale and also spread all over the city. In 1999, Katarzyna Kozyra’s Men’s Bathhouse, exhibited at the Polish Pavilion, won a special mention from the Biennale’s Jury.
Alternating with the Art Biennale since 1980 is the International Architecture Exhibition, presenting the most important international realisations, designs and concepts in the field. Polish presentations have been awarded by the international Jury, including a Golden Lion, the top award, for Best National Participation in 2008 for Hotel Polonia. The Afterlife of Buildings, and a special mention in 2012 for Making the walls quake as if they were dilating with the secret knowledge of great power.
11.05 – 24.11.201958th International Art Exhibition — la Biennale di VeneziaFlight
Flight, a sculpture by Roman Stańczak, will be presented at the Polish Pavilion during the 58th International Art Exhibition — La Biennale di Venezia. Visitors will experience the unique form and scale of the sculpture — an inside-out aircraft — but also the effect of an unexpected “reversal of the world”. The project delivers a commentary on the situation of political and economic transformations.Polish Pavilion at the International Art Exhibition – La Biennale di VeneziaPolish Pavilion at the International Art Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia
13.05 – 26.11.201757th International Art Exhibition — la Biennale di VeneziaSharon Lockhart. Little Review
Sharon Lockhart (b. 1964) is an American artist living and working in Los Angeles and Poland. Lockhart works with communities to make films and photographs that are both visually compelling and socially engaged through collaborations that unfold over long periods of time. Created with young women from the Youth Sociotherapy Center in Rudzienko, Poland, her project Little Review comprises translations, a new film and series of photographs, as well as educational workshops.Polish Pavilion at the International Art Exhibition – La Biennale di VeneziaPolish Pavilion at the International Art Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia
09.05 – 22.11.201556th International Art Exhibition — la Biennale di VeneziaHalka/Haiti 18°48'05"N 72°23'01"W
The Polish Pavilion at the 56th Venice Biennale will have the pleasure of presenting a panoramic film projection of the opera Halka by Stanisław Moniuszko, as it was staged in February for the inhabitants of Cazale, a village situated in the mountains of Haiti.Polish Pavilion at the International Art Exhibition – La Biennale di VeneziaPolish Pavilion at the International Art Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia
01.06 – 24.11.201355th International Art Exhibition — la Biennale di VeneziaEverything Was Forever Until It Was No More
Polish Pavilion at the 55th International Art Exhibition – la Biennale di Venezia
Konrad Smoleński Everything Was Forever, Until It Was No More
This project is a continuation of the previous explorations of this artist, who, being active for over a decade in the domain of visual arts, focusses his interest on sound.
04.06 – 27.11.201154th International Art Exhibition — la Biennale di VeneziaYael Bartana … and Europe will be stunned
The exhibition … and Europe will be stunned will be the official Polish participation at the 54th International Art Exhibition in Venice in 2011. This video installation by the Israeli-born artist Yael Bartana will be the first time a non-Polish national has represented Poland in the history of the Venice Biennale.
26.05 – 25.11.201816th International Architecture Exhibition – La Biennale di VeneziaAmplifying Nature
The project Amplifying Nature is based on the premise that architecture is part of processes occurring on a planetary scale. According to the authors of the exhibition—curator Anna Ptak and architects Małgorzata Kuciewicz and Simone De Iacobis of the CENTRALA collective—it serves not only to offer protection from nature, but is inherently connected with phenomena such as gravitation, water circulation, or the day-night cycle.Polish Pavilion at the International Architecture Exhibition – La Biennale di VeneziaPolish Pavilion at the International Architecture Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia
28.05 – 27.11.201615th International Architecture Exhibition – La Biennale di VeneziaFair Building
The Polish Pavilion at the Biennale Architettura 2016 directly responds to this year’s theme – Reporting from the Front – by addressing the ethical issues facing one of the most underrepresented participants in architecture: the construction worker.Polish Pavilion at the International Architecture Exhibition – La Biennale di VeneziaPolish Pavilion at the International Architecture Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia
07.06 – 23.11.201414th International Architecture Exhibition — la Biennale di VeneziaImpossible Objects
Created at the Polish Pavilion by the Institute of Architecture and Jakub Woynarowski, the exhibition Impossible Objects deals with the relations between modernism and politics in the context of building a modern nation state. The show’s highlight is a natural-scale replica of the canopy over the entrance to the burial crypt of Marshal Józef Piłsudski, the Polish political and military leader, created in 1937 at the Wawel Cathedral in Kraków according to a design of Adolf Szyszko-Bohusz. Several alternative variations of the canopy presented by the architect illustrate the process of arriving at a modernist form: from historicising loftiness to modern simplification.Polish Pavilion at the International Architecture Exhibition – La Biennale di VeneziaPolish Pavilion at the International Architecture Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia
28.08 – 25.11.201213th International Architecture ExhibitionLa Biennale di Venezia
All architecture is essentially a phenomenon of sound – it constitutes the environment in which sound spreads, enhancing some of its qualities at the expense of others. But it also absorbs, filters, and transmits sound. The project by Katarzyna Krakowiak can be seen as part of a wider revival of interest in sound over recent years. Owing to its fleeting, invisible, and almost imperceptible character, which is at the same time intimate and physical, the work is an apt metaphor for our contemporaneity – filled with anxiety and a compulsive need for contact with other people.
28.08 – 21.11.201012th International Architecture Exhibition in VeniceEmergency Exit
The installation by artist Agnieszka Kurant and architect Aleksandra Wasilkowska, curated by Elias Redstone, seeks to exceed the logic of urban reality through the creation of urban portable holes. The title, Emergency Exit, refers ironically to the health and safety regulations in buildings and urban space that seek to plan, control risk and eliminate the accidental and unexpected. The project consists of building a high structure in the Polish pavilion, resembling a diving board or a ski jump, that towers over a sea of clouds.