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1, 2, 3 … Avant-Gardes (Open Form #2)
Pawel Althamer, Piotr Andrejew, Wiktor Gutt, Oskar Hansen, Grzegorz Kowalski, Zofia Kulik, Pawel Kwiek, Przemyslaw Kwiek, Waldemar Raniszewski, Jan Wojciechowski, Artur Zmijewski
The concept of „open form“, invented by architect Oskar Hansen and extended by his students towards film and performance, is the core theme of the exhibition 1, 2, 3… Avant-Gardes (Open Form #2) at Künstlerhaus Stuttgart. „Open form“ was developed during the 1950s in reaction to the observation that modern design principles had grown stiff and was a result of intense international architecture discussions. In the 1960s and 1970s, in the light of socialist Poland, young artists developed innovative forms of filmic work and performative intervention in order to open up interrelationships between image space and real space. Within the exhibition 1, 2, 3… Avant-Gardes (Open Form #2) cultural and political consequences are examined: Why have these ideas recently gained new topicality? For the first time ever, an exhibition compiles an extensive collection of films and slide shows of these significant representatives of late filmic art movements and contrasts them with works by young artists who have rediscovered the “open form”.
The exhibition was curated by Lukasz Ronduda, Axel John Wieder and Florian Zeyfang and was produced in collaboration with CCA Ujazdowski Castle and Piktogram Magazine.
Since its first stop at Warsaw, the exhibition and research project 1, 2, 3… Avant-Gardes deals with the (ongoing) history of experimental film and art. The exhibition at CCA Ujazdowski Castle in 2006/07 featured artists and filmmakers from different countries and generations who were contrasted to Polish avantgarde film.
Reconstructions and archive materials make up a significant part of the exhibition. Besides that, there are contemporary works by Pawel Althamer and Artur Zmijewski who have readopted the tradition of open experiment.