Artworks in the immediate surroundings of the Ujazdowski Castle

  • Jenny Holzer (USA)

    • Benches

      • 10 stone benches with quotes from the Truisms and Survival Series

      • Jenny Holzer is one of America's most important middle generation artists and was an award-winner at the 44th Venice Biennale in 1990. In the mid 1970s she abandoned abstract painting and chose text as her primary artistic medium. She disseminates artistic statements through means and mechanisms created for use in advertising and the public "iconosphere" of consumer society. Holzer adorns electronic light boards, posters, billboards, T-shirts, as well as stone benches with pronouncements and aphorisms that reference the realm of clichés and stereotypes. In 1993 the Ujazdowski Castle Centre for Contemporary Art presented Holzer's works in public spaces throughout Warsaw and at Ujazdowski Castle. Her stone Benches were the first piece in the permanent Sculpture Garden of the Ujazdowski Castle Centre for Contemporary Art .

      • Curator

        • Wojciech Krukowski

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  • Tadashi Kawamata (Japan)

    • Reconstruction

      • Project to restore the 19th century cellars (water cistern)

      • Tadashi Kawamata is one of the premiere representatives of one of the most original trends in world contemporary art. His projects span the realms of art and architecture. Titled Reconstruction, his work for the Ujazdowski Castle Centre for Contemporary Art consisted of adapting and revitalizing a series of 19th century cellars located in the square in front of Ujazdowski Castle. The adaptation process began with work aimed at protecting the existing architectural structure: walls were covered with protective layers, a glass roof erected over the cellar vaults, wooden stairs and floors constructed inside. The entirety of the roof structure is situated at ground level and is visible.

        • The Japanese artist`s intervention is the first step towards the complete renovation and adaptation of the below-ground structure. In uncovering these previously hidden cellars of an annex to Ujazdowski Castle (cellars which once served as "the castle`s intestines" a sedimentation tank that was part of the sewage system of Ujazdowski Hospital during the 19th century), Kawamata has sought to emphasize the effect the project can have on people and created a space that will host a range of artistic activities.

      • This project represents an opportunity to turn a “marginal" space of Ujazdowski Castle into a permanent centre of action. Kawamata has also sought to position his artwork in the public space, doing so in a manner that underlines material permanence. Reconstruction is noteworthy for being Kawamata`s first-ever permanent installation. It is yet another element in the sculpture garden being created in direct proximity to Ujazdowski Castle based on projects by outstanding contemporary artists from Poland and abroad. Tadashi Kawamata`s project was inaugurated with his exhibition PROJECTS. INSTALLATIONS 1979' 2002 organized at the Ujazdowski Castle Centre for Contemporary Art in November of 2001.

      • Curator

        • Maria Brewińska

      • Consultant and construction supervisor

        • Piotr Kowalski

      • Reconstruction was realized as a part of the international Global Village Garden project, which was financed under the CULTURE 2000 programme of the European Union.

      • Sponsor

        • Huta Szkła Jaroszowiec

      • Media partners

        • ARCHITEKTURA Murator, Gazeta Wyborcza, WiK