U–jazdowski in 2021
In the first half of 2021, the Ujazdowski Castle Centre for Contemporary Art will host individual exhibitions by Ludwika Ogorzelec, Jacek Adamas and a retrospective exhibition devoted to the work of film director Grzegorz Królikiewicz. Plans also include the Collection Co-selection exhibition with works from the Centre’s collection selected by viewers via an online survey, and Everyday Forms of Resistance group exhibition featuring artworks by Palestinian and Polish artists. Project Room series featuring emerging art from Poland will be continued. The cinema will screen retrospectives and film series. Like in previous years, artists from all over the world will take part in residences at the Ujazdowski Castle. The year 2021 will also see the publication of numerous books and the Obieg magazine will return in a double, online and print, edition.
Exhibitions which will be on view once the Ujazdowski Castle Centre for Contemporary Art reopens include individual shows by Ursula Mayer What Will Survive of Us and by Ludwika Ogorzelec I’m Looking for a Moment of Equilibrium, as well as two group shows: an intimate installation This Room Wants, and an extensive show featuring works from the collection, Collection Co-selection. Until the reopening of the institution these will be available online in the form of 3D models and video tours.
This year will also see an individual exhibition by Jacek Adamas, one of the most important critical artists, a graduate of prof. Grzegorz Kowalski’s studio at the Sculpture Department of the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw. Adamas creates artistic installations and initiates participatory actions in public space. The exhibition will present his latest works inspired by Zbigniew Herbert’s poetry.
The exhibition Królikiewicz: Avant-garde and History will introduce the filmmaker’s work and innovative concept of the film space beyond the frame. The exhibition will be accompanied by screenings at the U–jazdowski Cinema.
The Everyday Forms of Resistance group show will explore practices that help to preserve humanity in times of social turmoil. Works by Palestinian and Polish artists who took part in artistic residencies in Palestine will be presented. The exhibition will be the culmination of their stays, travels, research, and collaborations with local communities over the past four years. Featured artists include: Jumana Emil Abboud, Ahmad Alakra, Mirna Bamieh, Wim Catrysse, Maja Demska, Forensic Architecture, Karolina Grzywnowicz, Sandi Hilal and Alessandro Petti from the DAAR collective, Jumana Manna, Joanna Rajkowska, Mohammad Saleh, Marta Wódz and Jaśmina Wójcik.
Sebastian Sebulec and Marek Wodzisławski’s individual exhibitions and an Awards Ceremony will be the culmination of the 2020 edition of the Project Room. The next, tenth edition of exhibitions featuring emerging Polish artists will begin in the summer. This time, novice creators will be able to directly apply to participate in the programme. A jury comprising representatives of artistic institutions and academies from all over Poland will select participants and following all exhibitions, the jury will choose the most interesting one and award it with the Main Prize. For the first time, the Second Prize will be awarded by the audience.
In the cinema, we will see screenings of Cinema of Crises and Decolonizing the Screen film reviews, a series of films by Grzegorz Królikiewicz accompanying his exhibition, and the series Every Film Is a Film About Ghosts, devoted to materiality and the (post)analogue in the world of digital cinema.
Dance and art performances will be presented in cooperation with the Zbigniew Raszewski Theatre Institute, the Institute of Music and Dance, the Ciało/Umysł [Body/ Mind] Foundation, the Zawirowania Theatre and Dance Centre and the Perform Foundation. Visitors will have a chance to participate in the 25th edition of the International Festival of Performing Arts Rozdroże. Traditionally, there will be concerts as part of the Ad Libitum International Festival of Improvised Music in the Auditorium Hall.
Smashing Wor(l)ds, project devoted to the language used by art institutions, implemented in collaboration with BOZAR, the Inna Przestrzeń [Another Space] Foundation and Kulturen In Bewegung will continue in 2021. The European cultural institutions involved in the project are striving to co-create forms of expression and narratives that would be free from violence, and thus contribute to the decrease in social and cultural marginalization.
A special project – Cultural Wars: a Transnational Approach, regarding conflicts within the sphere of culture, will be implemented as part of the artist residencies.
Among the book launches planned for the beginning of 2021 is the second volume of Zbigniew Libera’s Art of Liberation. A Press Study 1988–2018; Karol Radziszewski. The Power of Secrets edited by Michał Grzegorzek and Things We Do Together. The Post-Reader edited by Marianna Dobkowska and Krzysztof Łukomski – a collection of essays and conversations with practitioners, based on experience and observations of processes taking place at the interface of art, education, and activism. In 2021 an English version of Open Collection Storage [Magazyn Studyjny Kolekcji] catalogue will also be published. It will feature one hundred artworks from the International Collection of Contemporary Art at the Ujazdowski Castle Centre for Contemporary Art– both well-established and emerging artists from Poland and abroad. There are also plans to publish a comic book for young people, Tales of the Revolution. At the end of 2021, a report on the study of preferences and motivations of visitors of contemporary art institutions, created as part of the Collection Co-selection project, will be published. The volume Rozdroże Festival 1994–2018, edited by Julia Hoczyk and Janusz Marek and summarizing 24 editions of the festival that presented the most important phenomena of contemporary dance for, the theatre of physical and visual expression and performing arts for a quarter of century, will also be published. This richly illustrated book will contain texts by critics and researchers as well as documentation of the festival, which was attended by eminent artists such as Pina Bausch, Kazuo Ohno, Anne Teresa de Keersmaeker, Jan Fabre, and Meredith Monk.
The art magazine Obieg will resume its activity. Critical texts, video reports and podcasts focusing on current Polish and foreign art events will be published on the website. Four, single-theme oriented issues containing some texts published on the website and new materials will appear in print.
Educational program will feature guided tours and workshops for all age groups.