In the Heart of the Country

Museum of Modern Art, Warsaw
Until 6 January 2014

Andrzej Wróblewski, Museum, gouache on paper, 1956 © Muzeum Sztuki Nowoczesnej

In the Heart of the Country is the Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw’s largest exhibition project to date and merely a foretaste of the full collection, which will be exhibited in the Museum of Modern Art’s future building. In the Heart of the Country presents over 150 exhibits from the Museum collection. The exhibition’s title derives from John M. Coetzee’s novel, in which “the heart of the country” is a hole, a void, an insatiable phantasm of physical fulfillment and maturation (of the identity, body and community spirit). In the context of the Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw, the title relates to the institution’s planned location – plac Defilad (Parade Square), an inhospitable “gap” in the centre of the capital – as well as to a yearning for modernisation, which often turns artists and art institutions into moral hostages.