The concept of Rainbow – a work by Julita Wójcik
in the Ujazdowski Castle Centre for Contemporary Art Collection
The concept of Rainbow [original title: Tęcza] by Julita Wójcik is in the collection of the Ujazdowski Castle Centre for Contemporary Art. We possess the copyrights to the arrangement concept of Rainbow on Warsaw's Plac Zbawiciela [Savior Square]. The project was transferred gratuitously to U–jazdowski by the Adam Mickiewicz Institute on August 27th, 2015.
Rainbow is a process work – you can work with it in many ways. At U–jazdowski, we deepen the debate around it as well as create its social biography. By having the rights to the concept, we have the opportunity to recreate the work on Plac Zbawiciela in the future. Rainbow is neither a monument nor a memorial. It is an open work, prone to various interpretations of the public. Thanks to this, it acts as a litmus test of social moods and tells about contemporary times. We showed elements of the installation – made available to us by the artist – at the exhibition Late Polishness. Forms of national identity after 1989. Then, with the participation of the public, we started to create the Wspólne Archiwum Tęczy [Common Archive of the Rainbow]. This is a collection of private photos (also found at U–jazdowski) related to the work of Julita Wójcik.
Each appearance of Rainbow is based on being a temporary installation in the context of a given public space. The first one was built in 2010 during her stay in the Creative Work House in Wigry. The steel-flower construction propped up the walls of the Camaldolese monastery that began to crumble due to poorly conducted archeological work on the site. The curator of this project was Agnieszka Tarasiuk. A year later, under the patronage of the Adam Mickiewicz Institute, the second Rainbow was created, which stood in Brussels in front of the European Parliament. In 2012, the work found itself on Plac Zbawiciela in Warsaw. It was taken care of by the City of Warsaw. In 2015, the sculpture was dismantled and the copyrights to its concept were transferred to the Ujazdowski Castle Centre for Contemporary Art.