Live Storages: Didactics

19.04 – 08.06.2021 Live Storages: Didactics

Zachęta – National Gallery of Art

artists: Zbigniew Dłubak, Dorota Podlaska, Leszek Rózga, Andrzej Tobis, grupa Twożywo
curators: Marta Artyfikiewicz, Sara Herczyńska, Marcin Matuszewski, Maria Nowak, Zuzanna Zasacka
collaboration: Maria Świerżewska i Monika Zaleszczuk
production: Anna Muszyńska & team

The presentation Living Storages: Didactics was created as a result of a discussion about the items in the Zachęta’s collection that were the most interesting to us the guides and educators working with people of different ages, backgrounds, and needs. For us, designing and preparing an exhibition from start to finish and then bringing it to the public was a new challenge previously our job had been to talk about the works, curatorial ideas or contexts helpful in guiding exhibition tours.

It turned out that in the Zachęta’s storage rooms one can find several works that share the theme that is close to us didactics, sometimes understood traditionally, sometimes ironically, and sometimes at a certain distance. Quite rusty as the concept may be, it has become the starting point for our story, even though initially we view it with suspicion. This is so because in our daily activities we are moving away from purely didactic relationships. We are trying to bring down the hierarchy built in school and focus on collaboration and sharing ideas at every stage.

The works presented at the exhibition are linked in various ways to the teaching aids familiar to anyone who has experienced learning at a Polish school. School charts, reproductions, display cases, preparations, and photographs viewed ad nauseam. How do pictures function when they are reduced to the role of teaching tools? How much is their visual layer subordinated to serving educational goals, and to what extent do they remain autonomous? Can we see them as an embodiment of the school system itself in order to ask questions about its validity and effectiveness? The exhibition raises more questions than it brings answers. It creates space for reflection, looking for solutions, but it also leaves room for doubt. It also opens room for nostalgia because memories and emotions inevitably affect our thinking about school.


Works from the Zachęta "Didactic" show, photographed in the Mikołaj Rej Highschool in Warsaw, photo: Krzysztof Nowak.

Works on exhibition

  • Zdjęcie pracy Adding, series A-Z (Educational Cabinets)
    Adding, series A-Z (Educational Cabinets)Andrzej Tobis2009
  • Zdjęcie pracy Gothic, series A-Z (Educational Cabinets)
    Gothic, series A-Z (Educational Cabinets)Andrzej Tobis2009
  • Zdjęcie pracy Steering wheel, series A-Z (Educationsl Cabinets)
    Steering wheel, series A-Z (Educationsl Cabinets)Andrzej Tobis2011
  • Zdjęcie pracy Steel ball, series A-Z (Educational Cabinets)
    Steel ball, series A-Z (Educational Cabinets)Andrzej Tobis2010
  • Zdjęcie pracy Contour map, series A-Z (Educational Cabinets)
    Contour map, series A-Z (Educational Cabinets)Andrzej Tobis2011
  • Zdjęcie pracy Sun umbrella, series A-Z (Educational Cabinets)
    Sun umbrella, series A-Z (Educational Cabinets)Andrzej Tobis2010
  • Zdjęcie pracy Statue, series A-Z (Educational Cabinets)
    Statue, series A-Z (Educational Cabinets)Andrzej Tobis2007
  • Zdjęcie pracy Technique of climbing, from series A-Z (Educational Cabinets)
    Technique of climbing, from series A-Z (Educational Cabinets)Andrzej Tobis2009
  • Zdjęcie pracy Tramp, series A-Z (Educational Cabinets) 
    Tramp, series A-Z (Educational Cabinets) Andrzej Tobis2010
  • Zdjęcie pracy Miner s honorable suit, series A-Z (Educational Cabinets) 
    Miner s honorable suit, series A-Z (Educational Cabinets) Andrzej Tobis2008
  • Zdjęcie pracy Georgian Alphabet Board, from the series Alphabet Boards
    Georgian Alphabet Board, from the series Alphabet BoardsDorota Podlaska2011
  • Zdjęcie pracy Vietnamese Alphabet Board, from the series Alphabet Boards
    Vietnamese Alphabet Board, from the series Alphabet BoardsDorota Podlaska2011
  • Zdjęcie pracy Didactic Board I /1-4/
    Didactic Board I /1-4/Zbigniew Dłubak1948
  • Zdjęcie pracy Summer Didactics
    Summer DidacticsLeszek Rózga1978
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  • 23.05 (Sun) 11:00
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  • 30.05 (Sun) 11:00
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    Curatorial guided tour (in Polish)
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Information

Live Storages: Didactics
19.04 – 08.06.2021

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.