„The changing times are changing the artists”.

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"Politics in Art" - exhibition at MOCAK Museum of Contemporary Art in Krakow

On view since 28th April, this broad exhibition with works from Polish and international artists, focuses on the relations of politics and art.

In the past, art served the purpose of bolstering political power –today it is a tool for questioning and holding authority to account. Once, artists used their talent to support the political system of the day. Today, they have become perspicacious and critical observers of the political scene and are active participants in opposition.

The relationship between politics and art goes back a long way. For centuries, religion was part of the arrangement; for rulers and politicians it was the means of gaining control over hearts and minds. In some countries religion continues to back politics, with a doubly demoralising effect. The exhibition Politics in Art presents – in six sections – the sceptical and critical approach of contemporary artists to the actions of those in power, exposing the artifice and mendacity of political strategies. It demonstrates that in the name of ambition, the desire to remain in power and the feeding of the dictatorial ego, politicians are capable of lying, manipulation and murder. Artists oppose this, both as critics and as soldiers.
  • Opposition and Protest – artistic manifestation of social and political views, and opposition to unethical behaviour of those in power. In extreme situations – such as the war in Ukraine – artists join in the fight.
  • Subverting Systems and Borders – questioning existing divisions and proposing – often utopian – ideas for political change and revolution.
  • Democracy and Its Corruption – identifying the ideal political model, realised through civil liberty and the right to vote, while pointing out its distortions.
  • Nationalism – warning against the reprehensible conviction that the assumed superiority of one’s own nation justifies contempt for and aggression towards others.
  • European Union – concern for the stability of the European Community in the era of migration, Brexit and the imperialist military aggression of Russia.
  • Political Mediality – exposing the role of the mass media in shaping political views, and their potential for the manipulation of information. Protest against muzzling of the media.
Politics in Art is the 10th exhibition in the flagship MOCAK series, in which we combine art with the most important civilisational concepts. Each exhibition presents a variety of artistic interpretations of a given theme. Politics in Art has been confronted with a tragic time when political ambitions have turned into a crime.   Artists: Michał Adamski, Paweł Althamer, Andrej Anro | Andrey Anro, Alpin Arda Bağcık, Mirosław Bałka, Krzysztof M. Bednarski, Marcin Berdyszak, Jerzy Bereś, Andrij Bojarov, Maciej Cholewa, Hubert Czerepok, Edward Dwurnik, Elmgreen & Dragset, Daniił Gałkin | Daniil Galkin, Thomas Galler, Jakob Ganslmeier, Lukáš Houdek, Khaled Jarrar, Hannes Jung, Šejla Kamerić, Allan Kaprow & Dick Higgins, kennardphillipps, Thomas Kilpper, Paweł Kowalewski, Jarosław Kozłowski, Marcin Kruk, Agata Kubis, Michalina Kuczyńska, Tomasz Kulka, Edgar Leciejewski, Alicja Lesiak, Zbigniew Libera, Ella Littwitz, Artiom Łoskutow | Artem Loskutov, Agnieszka Mastalerz, Rafał Milach, Richard Mosse, Tanja Muravskaja, Joanna Musiał, Deimantas Narkevičius, Csaba Nemes, Laura Pannack, Piotr Pawlenski | Pyotr Pavlensky, Beata Pofelska, Wojtek Radwański, Tomáš Rafa, Artūras Raila, Oliver Ressler, Adam Rzepecki, Bartek Sadowski, Tomasz Sarnecki, Maksim Saryczau | Maxim Sarychau, Santiago Sierra, Slavs and Tatars, Ola Sosnowskaja | Olia Sosnovskaya & a.z.h., Paweł Starzec, Stitchit and Collective, SUPERFLEX, Paweł Susid, Jason deCaires Taylor, Piotr Uklański, Daniel Warmuziński, Sislej Xhafa, Ada Zielińska, Dawid Zieliński, Artur Żmijewski Curators: Maria Anna Potocka, Agnieszka Sachar, Martyna Sobczyk Co-ordinator: Mirosława Bałazy When: 29.4.2022–26.2.2023 [gallery ids="5609,5610,5614,5613,5611"]

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"Power of Art" in DESA Unicum

"Power of Art" 06.03.2020, Friday, at 6:00 pm DESA Unicum, Piękna 1A, Warsaw The film "Power of Art" was created in cooperation with: The National Film, Television and Theater School in Łódź and the INDEX Film Studio Written and directed by: Werner Jerke - Jerke Museum Starring: Paweł Kowalewski, Ryszard Grzyb, Jarosław Modzelewski, Marek Sobczyk, Ryszard Woźniak and Anda Rottenberg. Gruppa - the most important Polish artistic formation of the 1980s., founded by Paweł Kowalewski and Ryszard Woźniak, co-created with Ryszard Grzyb, Jarosław Modzelewski, Włodzimierz Pawlak and Marek Sobczyk. Gruppa is one of the most interesting creative manifestations of the period, which was a collection of individualities rather than a collective working according to a uniform program. Artists were united by a community of attitudes and a desire to inspire each other than a specific vision of art. The creators organized exhibitions, recitals and performative actions. They published their own magazine "Oh, It's Good Now!", Where they published poems, comments, mocking texts, sketches and drawings. Gruppa, as an artistic formation, ended its activity in the 90s. with a retrospective exhibition at the Zachęta - National Art Gallery.   [gallery ids="3979,3968,3978,3977,3976,3975,3974,3973,3972,3971,3970,3969"]

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"Exercises from Art" - exhibition collection of the Museum of the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw

From January 28, 2022, the unique collection of the Museum of the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw is on display for the first time in its own exhibition halls at the Czapski Palace. Diplomas and student exercises as well as other works by outstanding artists and contemporary artists (86 in total) can be seen as part of the exhibition entitled "Exercises from Art" until September 17, 2022. The exhibition "Exercises from Art", which initiates the exhibition activity of the Museum of the Academy of Fine Arts in the new space, will for the first time show a cross-section through the collection of works by professors, graduates and students of the University, built since the 1980s. You will be able to see unique works from the student times, incl. Paweł Kowalewski, Roman Opałka, Zofia Kulik and Włodzimierz Pawlak, as well as works by outstanding artists from the pre-war period: Władysław Skoczylas, Edward Wittig, Menasz Seidenbeutl and others. Artists: Stanisław Baj, Miłosz Benedyktowicz, Henryk Berlewi, Paweł Bołtryk, Krystian Burda, Tomasz Ciecierski, Elżbieta Cieślar, Emil Cieślar, Jan Cybis, Józef Czajkowski, Viola Damięcka,  Tadeusz Dominik, Edward Dwurnik, Jacek Dyrzyński, Eugeniusz Eibisch, Wojciech Fangor, Paweł Freisler, Stefan Gierowski, Wanda Golakowska, Zbigniew Gostomski, Jerzy Growiński, Wiktor Gutt, Oskar Hansen, Zbigniew Ihnatowicz, Zenon Januszewski, Jerzy Jarnuszkiewicz, Wojciech Jastrzębowski, Barbara Jonscher, Czesław Knothe, Aleksander Kobzdej, Marek Konieczny, Łukasz Kosela, Julia Kotarbińska, Paweł Kowalewski, Grzegorz Kowalski, Wiesław Kruczkowski, Stanisław Kucharski, Zofia Kulik, Tadeusz Kulisiewicz, Mieczysław Kwacz, Jan Lebenstein, Antoni Łyżwański, Juliusz Makowski, Krzysztof Malec, Jarosław Modzelewski, Henryk Morel, Adam Myjak, Artur Stefan Nacht-Samborski, Stefan Nargiełło, Zygmunt Niziałek, Roman Opałka, Stanisław Ostoja Chrostowski, Roman Owidzki, Wanda Paklikowska-Winnicka, Włodzimierz Pawlak, Teresa Pągowska, Maksymilian Potrawiak, Janusz  Przybylski, Aleksander Rafałowski, Adam Roman, Marek Sapetto, Menasze Seidenbeutel, Jacek Sempoliński, Władysław Skoczylas, Jan Sokołowski, Jerzy Sołtan, Jerzy Stajuda, Antoni Starowieyski, Henryk Stażewski, Genowefa Szybecka, Mieczysław Szymański, Leon Tarasewicz, Jan Tarasin, Tomasz Tatarczyk, Stanisław Tobolczyk, Lech Tomaszewski, Krzysztof Wachowiak, Tomasz Waciak-Wójcik, Ryszard Winiarski, Edward Wittig, Marian Wnuk, Maria Wójcicka, Jan Stanisław Wojciechowski, Marek Wyrzykowski, Gustaw Zemła, Rajmund Ziemski exhibition open: January 28 - September 17, 2022 Mon - Sat between 12.00-19.00 Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw, Czapski Palace, Krakowskie Przedmieście 5 [gallery ids="5424,5438,5437,5436,5435,5434,5429,5430,5431,5432,5433,5425,5426,5427,5428,5439,5440,5441,5442,5443"]

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Serigraphy with the legendary Bolshevik by Paweł Kowalewski at the auction for Belarus!

Humanosh Foundation has been looking after political refugees for many years. Together with Piękna Gallery and CU ART, it is once again organizing a charity auction for Belarusians who are fleeing to Poland from repressions by the Lukashenka regime. On February 9, as many as 70 works by various artists will be put under the hammer. One of the most important one is the  serigraphy by Paweł Kowalewski with the legendary Bolshevik, "A minute of shouting" by Jana Shostak or a photograph by Katarzyna Kozyra. The Internet partners of the auction are: Artinfo.pl and Onebid.pl. There are many Belarusians in Poland who, for fear of being arrested or even losing their lives, were forced to flee the country. They often come with one backpack because they did not have the time or the opportunity to take their life's achievements. Many people come to Poland with their families. Everyone needs a roof over their heads, food, cleaning products, and then support in arranging documents and official matters that will enable them to function in our country with dignity. The Humanosh Foundation has been looking after political refugees for many years. Last year, she renovated and opened Mirnyj Dom in Warsaw, the first house of Belarusians after their arrival in Poland. Over a period of 8 months, the facility took in and helped over 90 people to become independent. Apart from Mirny Dom, the Foundation takes care of 11 apartments all over Poland, where migrants from Belarus reside. Launching, equipping and maintaining the Mirne House was largely possible thanks to the funds obtained from the first charity auction, which took place on February 17, 2021 and collected more than 100 K zlotys. Virtual auction will take place on February 9, 2022 at 7:00 p.m CET. Signed serigraphy "Mon Cheri Bolscheviq" by Paweł Kowalewski, which was created on the basis of the legendary canvas from 1984, one can auction after registration for the auction: CLICK LINK The exhibition of pre-auction objects can be viewed in Piękna Gallery on Emilii Plater 10 in Warsaw.   [gallery ids="5389,5390,4387"]

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Paweł Kowalewski's NFT sold

Paweł Kowalewski's NFT entitled "Why is There Something Rather Than Nothing?" was auctioned on December 2, 2021 at the largest Polish auction house - DESA Unicum - for over 100 K euros (550 K zlotys with auction fees). It was a pioneering event on the Polish auction market. NFT works are taking global artworld by storm, and collectors are more and more interested in this new dimension of digital art. The first NFT object to hit the hammer at yesterday's auction "Contemporary Art: Pop Art, Pop Culture, Postmodernism" at DESA Unicum was "Why is There Something Rather Than Nothing?" by Paweł Kowalewski, an icon of Polish art of the 1980s, founder of the legendary Gruppa and professor of the Warsaw Academy of Fine Arts. Kowalewski's works constitute an important and ironic commentary on the repression of the totalitarian regime in the times of the Polish People's Republic. The painting depicting a yellow cheetah against the setting sun was created in 1986. As a result of a flood in 1997, the painting was completely destroyed. Today it does not have a physical form and only exists virtually thanks to blockchain technology. - Our whole world is transferred to the virtual world. It is similar with art and NFT. We have to adapt to the new realities, because there is no turning back. A tragic flood destroyed my basement where I stored my paintings. Only shreds and empty frames left of them. It would be a painful experience for any artist. The painting "Why is There Something Rather Than Nothing?" it is truly important to me. It was also the favorite work of prof. Jacek Sempoliński, whose assistant I was at the Academy of Fine Arts. The title of my work refers to the philosophical question asked by Wilhelm Leibniz, a key philosophical question in the history of mankind. NFT is very opening for me and I will definitely stick with this technology for a while. Today, my damaged art work passes to eternity in digital form and lives in the next dimensions. " - explains artist Paweł Kowalewski. NFT is an extremely democratic market. There are more and more artists who create their works in this technology. So do the dedicated platforms where you can see their work. NFT's works may not have a physical body, which is still controversial, but they have an encoded value - perpetual ownership of a digital asset stored in a unique computer file. It cannot be forged or copied. This is the key advantage of NFT, which convinces collectors today. Juliusz Windorbski from DESA Unicum also speaks about the advantages of NFT: "Modern technologies are changing the art market, enabling the dynamic development of digital creativity. Auction houses can play a significant role in their popularization among collectors. Therefore, we are the first not only in Poland, but throughout Central and Eastern Europe. We decided to extend our offer with objects created in the NFT technology. We see in it as enormous potential, which we want to develop in parallel to the traditional auction market. "   [gallery ids="5342,5343,5344,5345,5346"]  

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The painting by Paweł Kowalewski at first NFT art auction in Poland - www.pk-nft.net

In a few days on December 2nd, for the first time an NFT will be sold at an auction by a major auction house in Poland Desa Unicum - the 1st largest auction house in Central and Eastern Europe. The NFT is a painting by Paweł Kowalewski that has been lost in 1986 due to flooding. Rather than recreating the painting by traditional methods it is being brought back to life as an NFT (Non Fungible Token) a form of cryptocurrency that is just as unique piece of digital art as its physical counterpart. This one of opportunity is the chance for many to become a part of history as it will be the only chance to be the first in the history to purchase such unique piece of art.   The first NFT object to hit the hammer at the December auction at DESA Unicum is  "Why is There Something Rather Than Nothing?" by Paweł Kowalewski, an icon of Polish art of the 1980s. The virtual object presented by the artist, is a great comeback of the original painting from 1986, that was lost irretrievably in a flood in 1997. The artist painted the fastest animal in the world - a cheetah against the sunset. "I was 20 years old when I painted it ... I was wondering about the answer to the metaphysical question  "Why is There Something Rather Than Nothing?" asked by the philosopher Wilhelm Leibniz. In this debate, philosophy meets science and astrophysics to find out the ultimate explanation of our universe. Thanks to blockchain technology my damaged artwork will achieve eternity in a digital form, which means that it is crossing into the next dimensions - it exceeds our reality and lives its own life "- explains artist Paweł Kowalewski. In the first three quarters of 2021, the value of global NFT sales reached a staggering value of  $ 3.5 billion, according to Hiscox Online Art Trade Report 2021. According to Nonfungible.com - in 2020, the value of digital work in the world was estimated at $ 250 million, four times higher than the results of the previous year. Record prices achieved by NFT works offered by the most prestigious auction houses in the world - Sotheby's, Christie's and Phillips - and the largest platforms offering digital art contributed to such rapid growth of the market. The record-breaking work includes the $ 69 million virtual collage by Mike Winkelmann (known as Beeple). Juliusz Windorbski from DESA Unicum also confirms the advantages of NFT: "Modern technologies are changing the art market, enabling the dynamic development of digital creativity. A significant role in their popularization among collectors can be played by auction houses. Therefore, as the first, and not only in Poland, but throughout Central and Eastern Europe, we decided to expand our offer with NFT art works. We see in it a separate, artistic field with an enormous potential that will develop in parallel to the traditional auction market. We will offer unique digital art works at the auction, using the full potential of the blockchain protocol and digital certificates of authenticity, responding to the new needs of contemporary art lovers. Paweł Kowalewski's art work "Why is There Something Rather Than Nothing?" one can bid online at bid.desa.pl and also by standing order or by telephone bidding at DESA Unicum. The NFT artwork will go under the hammer as nr 1 at the "Contemporary Art Auction: Pop-art, pop culture, postmodernism” on 2nd of December 2021 at 8:00 PM.   The NFT art work by Paweł Kowalewski: LINK Registration for the online auction: CLICK Registration for the telephone bidding: LINK   [gallery ids="5221,5222"]  

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"Us and Dogs, Dogs and Us" - exhibition in Sopot

Dogs are an exceptionally frequent and willingly undertaken artistic subject by artists. They appear in the greatest masters in the history of Polish and international art, both in the works of self-taught artists and in anonymous paintings. The exhibition "Us and Dogs, Dogs and Us", organized by the State Art Gallery in Sopot, aims to raise awareness of the omnipresence of "man's best friend" - that is, a dog in our environment, and thus in the world of visual arts.   A thematic exhibition conceived in such a way has every chance of becoming an attractive exhibition proposition, attracting a large number of visitors, both beginners in dealing with art, as well as those skilled in them.   Państwowa Galeria Sztuki in Sopot 15.10.2021 – 16.01.2022 Curator: Bogusław Deptuła Artist: Mirosław Bałka, Wacław Borowski, Alin Bozbiciu, Olga Boznańska, Katarzyna Castellini, Jan Ciągliński, Bolesław Cybis, Ignacy Czwartos, Oskar Dawicki, Edward Dwurnik, Jan Dobkowski, Maksymilian Gierymski, Bogna Gwiazdowska, Antonina Grzegorzewska, Ryszard Grzyb, Grzegorz Kozera, Łukasz Huculak, Maria Jarema, Filip Kalkowski, Mikołaj Kasprzyk, Krzysztof Kokoryn, Łukasz Korolkiewicz, Paweł Kowalewski, Agnieszka Kożuchowska, Zbysław Marek Maciejewski, Tadeusz Makowski, Julia Medyńska, Kazimierz Mikulski, Jarosław Modzelewski, Karol Palczak, Antoni Pastwa, Teresa Pągowska, Sławomir Ratajski, Joanna Rusinek, Agnieszka Sandomierz, Maciej Sieńczyk, Marek Sobczyk, Paweł Susid, Michał Szuszkiewicz, Anna Szprynger, Jacek Waltoś, Rafał Wilk, Maciej Świeszewski, Ryszard Woźniak, Stanisław Wyspiański.

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"BESTIARY" a new position in the world of animals

"Bestiary" is a hot and wild position on the publishing market, which was created as a result of cooperation between an indomitable writer and a rebellious artist, i.e. Michał Komar and Paweł Kowalewski. This sublime creative duo has created a book with spicy fairy tales for adults. Kowalewski's pugnacious drawing line and Komar's writing style amuse and educate the reader, while transferring him to the magical world of animals. The adventures of extraordinary fauna pour out of the pages of the "Bestiary", delighting our senses with juicy content. The book is published by Luna House and will be available in Empik bookstores and in online sale.  
AUTHORS: Michał Komar - writer, screenwriter and publisher. He interviewed the river, incl. with Władysław Bartoszewski, Wojciech Pszoniak, Krzysztof Kozłowski, Stefan Meller, Sławomir Petelicki, Leib Fogelman, Krzysztof Piesiewicz. The author of novels, incl. "Trzy", "Wtajemniczenia" or "Skrywane", well received by critics and readers. Co-author of scripts for feature films and series. Columnist for Tygodnik Powszechny and lecturer at Collegium Civitas. Paweł Kowalewski - artist, professor at the Academy of Fine Arts, founder of the legendary Gruppa, icon of Polish art of the 1980s. Author of such famous works as: "Mon Cheri Bolscheviq", "Totalitarianism Simulator " or "Europeans Only". Paweł Kowalewski's works have been exhibited, among others at NS-DOK in Munich, Castello di Rivoli in Turin, Artist's House in Tel Aviv, Galeria Tretiakowska in Moscow or Galeria Isa Brachot in Brussels. His works are in the largest Polish collections, incl. The National Museum in Warsaw, the National Museum in Krakow, Zachęta - the National Gallery of Art, the Jerke Museum, as well as the ING Polish Art Foundation and the Starak Family Foundation.
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