British British Polish Polish: Art from Europe’s Edges in the Long ‘90s and Today

Centre for Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle
Until 15 November 2013

Damien Hirst, Damien Hirst, Away from the Flock, 1995 [©] Photographed by Prudence Cuming Associates, © Damien Hirst and Science Ltd. All rights reserved, DACS 2013
The starting point for this exhibition is an extraordinary and simultaneous flourish of modern art in Great Britain and Poland at the turn of the 1980s and 1990s, mostly associated with the Young British Artists and the Polish Critical School. Their representatives raise basic human issues – life and death, sex and violence, ethics and politics – triggering lively discussions in their countries, often including the media. This helped to transform modern art from the inner circles’ interest into a part of popular culture. The presentation of the most significant artworks of British and Polish art of the 1990s is complemented by pieces of the young generation of Polish and British artists. Among the exhibits, which have already acquired a cult status, there are: Piramyd of Animals by Katarzyna Kozyra, Lego. Concentration Camp by Zbigniew Libera, Away From the Flock by Damien Hirst and the performative Why I Never Became a Dancer by Tracey Emin.