VIEWS 2009 Deutsche Bank Foundation Award

19.09 – 15.11.2009 VIEWS 2009 Deutsche Bank Foundation Award

Zachęta – National Gallery of Art

artists: Wojciech Bąkowski, Olaf Brzeski, Bogna Burska, Wojciech Doroszuk, Anna Konik, Anna Molska, Zorka Wollny
curator: Maria Brewińska
cooperation: Julia Leopold

This exhibition has been organised within the frame of the 4th edition of the biennial competition Views 2009 — The Deutsche Bank Foundation Award for the most interesting figures on the young Polish art scene. The exhibition is a presentation of the seven artists nominated for the award: artists whose work over the course of the past two years has earned the particular attention of critics and curators.

Each of the preceding editions and the collection of the names of the artists distinguished in them was dictated not just by the current state of Polish art, but also was a result of the choices of those nominating. The selecting of artists and the shaping of the competition exhibition that goes with it was once a more straightforward and predictable occupation: it presented the Polish art scene through its different tendencies, forms and problems. The artists that took part in them made highly diverse works, utilising the full spectrum of contemporary artistic media. The language used, however, was more ‘material’, and on account of this the exhibitions were composed first and foremost of objects, and more rarely of virtual images mediated through the eye of the camera. Thus, the result of this year’s nomination is more of a surprise than that of previous editions. For the fourth edition, as is evident in the competition exhibition, has selected artists that in a variety of ways make use first and foremost of the language of video and film.

The artists nominated for the fourth edition are: Wojciech Bąkowski, Olaf Brzeski, Bogna Burska, Wojtek Doroszuk, Anna Konik, Anna Molska and Zorka Wollny. In the output of each are to be found video works and films. The least are to be found in the work of Olaf Brzeski, although, as he says himself, what is happening in film is closer to him than what is happening in art. The artist is known above all as an author of installations and sculptures made, amongst other things, from ceramics which he deforms, ‘ejecting’ them from their pedestal, exhibiting them in contravention of museum standards. Wojciech Bąkowski makes animated films with non-camera techniques in which he declaims/intones extraordinary texts that he writes himself; he also creates acoustic spaces, ‘burrows’, in which he projects films, presents audio pieces and installations made with the use of musical equipment.  Anna Konik is a creator of longer film cycles out of which she composes multi-screen sound installations, comprising quasi documentary cycles or poetic video works. In recent years, Bogna Burska has been working first and foremost in the found footage technique, which involves the altering and joining together of fragments from commercial film productions to create a new narration. Wojtek Doroszuk makes ‘nomadic’ films which are a record of images, figures and situations. They raise the question of the Other, problems of estrangement, linguistic and cultural differences and break the taboo of death. In her films, Anna Molska recomposes modernist-Polish People’s Republic utopia and traditions, suggesting historical references or on the contrary erasing their traces. In addition to series of feminist films, Zorka Wollny has produced a cycle of performances realised in relation to museum institutions that then function as film documentation.

At this year’s exhibition accompanying Views, the artists present new works created specially for the exhibition together with works made in recent years. Olaf Brzeski’s installations are the only non-film objects in the exhibition. Three showcase-terrariums, with staffs of rusted metal inside provoking diverse associations, are exhibited in the gallery’s hall, beyond the standard exhibition space. The iron staffs and one showcase have been submitted to the type of deformation/deconstruction so characteristic of the artist’s sculptural practice. Wojciech Bąkowski and Anna Molska decided to create a joint installation entitled Finished, composed of a video film (the recording of an action staged in the deserted fabric of an airport), a specially prepared soundtrack and acoustic space. In addition to four found footage works from the series, A Game with Shifting Mirrors from 2006–2008, Bogna Burska presents a new film 12:30, which is a formal experiment and also an attempt to penetrate the interior of film time. Wojtek Doroszuk shows the film Special Features composed of fragments rejected during the process of editing his earlier films; seven of which we also see at the exhibition. Anna Konik has prepared a new installation of video projections of unreal, blurred and multiple images/reflections filmed in a Berlin residential home for teachers on stipends. In her Black Film, Zorka Wollny has attempted to make a visualisation of one of her nightmares; at the exhibition, she also shows five documentary films of performances made from 2004–2009. A special event is a concert/performance, Ballad on the Zachęta Building inspired by the history of the gallery.

The winner of the competition will be selected from among the participants by a 7 person jury. The winner will be announced on 22nd October 2009. First prize in the competition is 15 000 Euros, while the second is a study visit to the Villa Romana in Florence

Works on exhibition

  • Zdjęcie pracy
    Olaf Brzeski2009
  • Zdjęcie pracy
    Olaf Brzeski2009
  • Zdjęcie pracy Raspberry Days
    Raspberry DaysWojciech Doroszuk2008
  • Zdjęcie pracy
    Wojciech Bąkowski, Anna Molska2009
  • Zdjęcie pracy
    Anna Konik
  • Zdjęcie pracy
    Zorka Wollny
  • Zdjęcie pracy
    Bogna Burska

Artists' works in the Zachęta collection

  • Zdjęcie pracy Spoken Movie 3
    Spoken Movie 3Wojciech Bąkowski2008
  • Zdjęcie pracy Completed
    CompletedWojciech Bąkowski, Anna Molska2009
  • Zdjęcie pracy Road
    RoadBogna Burska2003
  • Zdjęcie pracy The Sixth Continent
    The Sixth ContinentAnna Molska2012
  • Zdjęcie pracy The Platform
    The PlatformAnna Molska2016
  • Zdjęcie pracy Tumour imaginis
    Tumour imaginisWojciech Doroszuk2008
  • Zdjęcie pracy Raspberry Days
    Raspberry DaysWojciech Doroszuk2008
  • Zdjęcie pracy Ballada na gmach Zachęty
    Ballada na gmach ZachętyZorka Wollny2009
  • Zdjęcie pracy Untitled, from the series Art is Violence
    Untitled, from the series Art is ViolenceOlaf Brzeski2006


VIEWS 2009
Deutsche Bank Foundation Award
19.09 – 15.11.2009

Zachęta – National Gallery of Art
pl. Małachowskiego 3, 00-916 Warsaw
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Godziny otwarcia:
Tuesday – Sunday 12–8 p.m.
Thursday – free entry
ticket office is open until 7.30 p.m.