Houses as Silver as Tents

15.10 – 15.12.2013 Houses as Silver as Tents

Zachęta – National Gallery of Art

curator: Monika Weychert Waluszko
collaboration on the part of Zachęta: Magdalena Komornicka
collaboration: Tomasz Koper
assistance to the work by Aernout Mik: Emile Miedema, Martijn Rooker

Although Roma people live among us, there are a lot of issues that divide us. Most of all, it is our perception of the mentioned ethnically-foreign co-inhabitants. The exhibition presents, among others, the collection of clichѐ representations: etchings, photographs and paintings (from 19th to 20th century), which reflect stereotypical image of the Roma in Polish art. ‘... the colonising act of European majorities toward the Roma, is the most visible and evident’* (Timea Junghaus). Works of contemporary artists from different countries provide possibilities to go beyond stereotypes. Problems that the exhibition touches upon include: hidden integration vs. forced assimilation, nomadism as a possible social alternative, the notion of ‘Gypsiness’, and the voice of the Roma community in the discussion on extermination. A common ground for many aforementioned problems is constituted by architecture.

Long absence of social, political or even historical comment on Polish-Roma relations is striking, especially that the said relations are fraught with misunderstanding, intolerance and random acts of violence. In 2013 Polish nationalists triggered riots in Wrocław aimed at burning a Roma camp. In Andrychów local people demanded displacement of their Roma neighbours. Polish context is particularly interesting because of the artistic milieu, which – although usually socially sensitive – has not yet referred to the racism present right next to us. While stories untold have much bigger potential and force than those constantly repeated and reinterpreted. Such is the role of the exhibition held at Zachęta – National Gallery of Art – to make the marginalized Roma problem a part of the main social, political, economic or aesthetic discourse, and thus to make Roma people present in Polish society – to fight their invisibility.

*quote come from texts published in the book Romano kher. O romskiej sztuce, estetyce i doświadczeniu accompanying the exhibition

Artists: Neal Adams, Daniel Baker, Delaine Le Bas, W. Beechey, H. Boagaerts, Tadeusz Borowski, Bownik, Olga Boznańska, Kazimierz Czapiński, Hubert Czerepok, Maria Demiter, Dengler, Jerzy Dorożyński, Marcelina Gunia, Jerzy Ficowski, Wojciech Gerson, Maksymilian Gierymski, Edward Gorazdowski, Marcelina Gunia, Wojciech Jerzy Has, John Heartfield (born Helmut Herzfelde), Anna Kamińska, Juliusz Kossak, Antoni Kozakiewicz, Jan Krajewski, Ignacy Krieger, Joe Kubert, Aleksandra Kubiak, Stan Lee, Leon Lewkowicz, Jerzy Litwora, Iain McKell, Aernout Mik, Karol Młodnicki, Jana Müller, Janusz Nel Siedlecki, Edward Nicz, Constant (born Constant Nieuwenhuys), Krystyn Olszewski, Igor Omulecki & Payam Sharifi, R. Paulussen, Antoni Piotrowski, Michał Pociecha, Dorota Podlaska, Jerzy Potrzebowski, Izabella Rapf-Sławikowska, Francis Reisz, Tadeusz Rolke, Marek Rudowski, Julian Schübeler, Zygmunt Sidorowicz, Władysław Siwek, Jan Styfi, Tomasz Tomaszewski, Bruce Weber, Alex Wedding (born Grete Weiskopf), Mateusz Wiśniewski, Piotr Wójcik, Andrzej Zajkowski and anonymous.

Related media
  • mediateka / audio
  • mediateka / audio
    Houses as Silver as Tents.
    Meeting with Timea Junghaus, Maria Hlavajova and Thomas Acton
  • Grafika obiektu: Zachęta. September, October 2013
    mediateka / folders / Texts
    Zachęta. September, October 2013
  • Grafika obiektu: Zachęta. December 2013, January, February 2014
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    Zachęta. December 2013, January, February 2014
  • Grafika obiektu: Accessible Art. Workshops for the blind accompanying exhibitions at Zachęta
    mediateka / photo gallery
    Accessible Art. Workshops for the blind accompanying exhibitions at Zachęta
  • Grafika obiektu: Romano kher. On Roma art, aesthetics and experience
    mediateka / books
    Romano kher. On Roma art, aesthetics and experience
    Book (in Polish)
  • Grafika obiektu: Houses as Silver as Tents
    mediateka / posters
    Houses as Silver as Tents
  • Grafika obiektu: Houses As Silver As Tents
    mediateka / video-documentation
    Houses As Silver As Tents


Houses as Silver as Tents
15.10 – 15.12.2013

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.

exhibition supported by: Mondriaan Fund, Netherlands Embassy in Warsaw
partner of the educational programme: British Council, Dialog pheniben

partner of the gallery: Lidex
sponsors of the opening ceremony: DeLonghi, Kenwood, Freixenet
media patronage: Polskie Radio, Gazeta Wyborcza, The Warsaw Voice, Stolica,