Gdzie jest PERMAFO?

Wrocław Contemporary Museum
Until 4 February 2013

Natalia LL, Consumer Art, 1972 © Muzeum Współczesne Wrocław

The exhibition belongs to the cycle of displays in the Wrocław Contemporary Museum presenting the story of the local artistic community. Where is PERMAFO? is a stage in discovering the legacy of Polish art in the western regions of the country, based on daring undertakings and formal innovation. The neo-avant-garde PERMAFO Gallery was founded in 1970 in Wrocław and has shown the leading European artists in a given time (including Bernd and Hilla Becher, Joseph Beuys, Milan Grygar, Tibor Hajas, Joseph Kosuth, Dora Maurer, François Morellet, A. R. Penck, Mimmo Paladino, Peter Stembera, Ben Vautier, Jiři Valoch). Its impetus was violently interrupted by Martial Law. Of the Gallery’s founders Natalia LL achieved international renown, with her recent exhibitions in Berlin, Budapest and the Warsaw Zachęta fully confirming this status. The other artists are also significant figures on the Polish artistic scene – it is enough to name, besides the founders, other Polish artists working with PERMAFO, for example Józef Robakowski, Andrzej Sapija, Ryszard Winiarski, Grzegorz Sztabiński and Zbigniew Warpechowski. The title Where is PERMAFO? refers to the ideas which inspired the Gallery’s founders in the 1970s. The exhibition’s curator attempts to answer this question through recovering the atmosphere and stories connected with artistic life from this period.