Ujazdowski in 2020

In 2020, the Ujazdowski Castle Centre for Contemporary Art will stage many solo exhibitions of emerging Polish artists, a show prepared in cooperation with Palestinian artists, a solo presentation of Ursula Mayer, an exhibition curated by the collective Slavs and Tatars and a new exhibition of artworks from the collection chosen by audience in an online poll. There will be two new film reviews, Decolonizing the Screen and Cinema of Crises. We will host artists and curators in residence. We have also prepared numerous workshops and guided tours.

Exhibitions opened in 2019: Itte kaette: Back and Forth by a Japanese collective hyslom, Far Too Many Stories to Fit into so Small a Box by a Dutch duo Bik Van der Pol and The Power of Secrets by Polish artist Karol Radziszewski will all be on view till the spring of 2020.

From March till December 2020, we will have a chance to see six exhibitions by emerging Polish artists in the Project Room. We will see new works by Kornelia Dzikowska, Jan Baszak, Adelina Cimochowicz, Piotr Bruch, Sebastian Sebulec and Marek Wodzisławski.

The exhibition by Ursula Mayer which will be opened in May 2020 will look at the influence of humankind on the Earths electromagnetic field. The Austrian artist has taken on board the relationship of sex and gender versus new technologies. 

Each year, the Ujazdowski programme incorporates numerous residencies for artists and curators from all over the world. In June, the exhibition Everyday Forms of Resistance will open, as the corollary of a long-term project with the participation of artists and cultural practitioners from Palestine. The residents have studied the everyday gestures, customs, and rituals that help retain human dignity and put up resistance in places overtaken by social, political, or ecological turmoil.

In the summer, the art collective Slavs and Tatars will be returning to Ujazdowski  this time as curators. The exhibition Crack UpCrack Down takes a look at satire, both from a historic and a contemporary perspective, in graphics, activist interventions, memes, and via standupsfrom Eastern Europe to the Middle East. Satire can be moralistic but also critical; it has the power to destroy and to be revolutionary. The project is being carried out in collaboration with the 33rd Biennial of Graphic Arts in Ljubljana.

Collection Co-selection is an educational experiment, in which viewers will vote online to select which works from our collection will go forward to the exhibition planned for November. In 2020, the public will also be able to view the collections of the Ujazdowski Castle Centre for Contemporary Art in the Open Collection Warehouse, located in the historic cellars. We will be further expanding the Mediateka website. Besides digitalised objects, it will also carry temporary presentations of works from our collections via themed virtual galleries.

There will also be a multi-format educational program tailored for audiences of all age groups.

The performative arts program will take up many diverse threads. We will present the new edition of the programme To Be Real, which tracks the connection points between contemporary art and club culture. It will cover all-night music events and morediscussions, workshops and lectures on the political dimensions of clubbing.

In September, Michał Borczuch will show a choreographic installation Untitled (Together Again), dedicated to the AIDS epidemic, mourning, and queer communities. This is a coproduction by the Ujazdowski Castle Centre for Contemporary Art, HAU in Berlin, and the Nowy Theater in Warsaw. We will also see performances by Marta Ziółek and Iza Szostak which were created during their artistic residencies at the Ujazdowski Castle.

Our cinema programme promises to be intense. As part of the series Decolonizing the Screen, there will be experimental documentaries on colonialism, and the series Cinema of Crises will deal with political, climatic, and economic crises as an inevitable element of every social transformation.

Numerous books will be published in 2020. One of these is a book on the Jazdów City Garden, which will not only summarise the five-year project, but will also discuss methods of working with greenery in public space. We will also have a chance to read: an anthology of texts on contemporary performance Performance Works; the book Things We Do Together: Post-Reader, which originated in the exhibition Gotong Royong: Things We Do Together at the turn of 2017 and 2018; the second volume of Art of Liberation: Press Study by Zbigniew Libera, including materials published in the period 19982007; the book Karol Radziszewski: The Power of Secrets and the next editions of the online quarterly Obieg.

More information in the Calendar tab.

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