Półprawda | Half-Truth
Półprawda | Half-Truth
Works by Central and Eastern European contemporary artists
from the Art Collection Telekom
10 September – 22 October 2017
Xawery Dunikowski Museum of Sculpture at Królikarnia Palace,
division of the National Museum in Warsaw
Opening: 10 September 2017 at 6 p.m.
Artists: Nevin Aladağ, Anatoly Belov, Geta Brǎtescu, Braco Dimitrijević, Stanisław Dróżdż, Petra Feriancová, Vladimir Houdek, Hristina Ivanoska, Pravdoliub Ivanov, Mi Kafchin, Šejla Kamerić, Genti Korini, Eva Koťátková, Katarzyna Krakowiak, Zofia Kulik, Nino Kvrivishvili, Little Warsaw, Piotr Łakomy, Vlad Nanca, Paul Neagu, Ioana Nemes, Paulina Ołowska, Roman Ondák, Cristian Răduţă, Stepan Ryabchenko, Slavs and Tatars, Iza Tarasewicz
Curated by Nathalie Hoyos, Rainald Schumacher and Ewa Kozik
The presence of contemporary artworks from Central and Eastern Europe at the Museum of Sculpture at Królikarnia provides an opportunity to reconsider our own history. The artists taking part in the exhibition come from Georgia, Bosnia, Hungary, Turkey, Romania, Albania, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Ukraine, Macedonia, Bulgaria and Poland. What all those regions have in common, besides Turkey, is their difficult history under the communist rule and the effort to recover or shape their national identity. During the last ten years, as more and more countries start to distrust globalisation and seek the remedy for contemporary problems in conservative values, the differences between East and West acquire a new meaning.
The works of art presented at the exhibition often make reference to historical events from the last 70 years and to individual experiences of the authors, linking them inseparably with the specific geographical regions. At the same time, the works comment on more universal and contemporary matters. Among the topics that have been evoked we can mention traditional local architecture that was suppressed by soviet construction style in the 20th century (the Rosetta series by the Romanian artist Ioana Nemes); the possibility to influence politics and introduce changes by participating in general elections (the work Ballot Box by the Bosnian artist Šejla Kamerić); the strenghtening of authorities and their impunity sanctioned by religion (Pray Sway by the Euro-Asian collective Slavs and Tatars); or the limits of freedom of expression and the construction of identity expressed in body movements (the Stiletto series by the Turkish artist Nevin Aladağ).
The fascination of Central and Eastern Europe with Western art is still to blame for the lack of sufficient promotion of artists from peripheric regions, comparing with the cultural centre of Western Europe. Through the "Półprawda | Half-Truth” exhibition, we would like to remind of an alternative model of writing about the history of art, suggesting that local modern and contemporary art was inspired by Western centres of modern culture, but their meanings are not limited to Western interpretations. We provide an opportunity to shift the focus onto the recent past and the presence of our neighbours and our own, in an intent to understand regional values and meanings in the centre-peripheria relation.
The Art Collection Telekom was established by Deutsche Telekom in 2010 with a clear focus on contemporary art from Central and Eastern Europe, from countries, which have been until 1989 on the Eastern side of the Iron Curtain. Since the initial start of collecting in 2011 – among the first acquisitions was a video work by Polish artist Agnieszka Polska – the collection has significantly grown. Including all media employed by contemporary artist from works on paper, paintings and objects to video and performance. There are today nearly 200 often multi-part works by over 60 artists from over 15 countries in the collection.
The Art Collection Telekom has an understanding of contemporary art as a visual and sensual tool to communicate about our shared reality, to exchange ideas, emotions and impressions about the world we are living in. Mediation of content is essential for the Art Collection Telekom by employing media like website and a particular Art Collection Telekom App.
The collection gained recognition and international reputation early on. In 2014 the exhibition “Fragile Sense of Hope” was shown at Me Collectors Room – Stiftung Olbricht in Berlin. In 2016 “Shape of Time – Future of Nostalgia” was presented at the National Museum of Contemporary Art in Bucharest. From January to March 2018 the Museum of Contemporary Art in Zagreb will show works from the collection.
The title of the exhibition refers to a work by Bulgarian artist Pravdoliub Ivanov and indicates the guideline for the curatorial concept and approach to the works. Can we believe in the perception of artworks, in what we see, hear, feel and perceive? Can contemporary art develop a narrative that goes beyond the objectivity of pure facts? Are the subjective ideas of artists of any relevance for our understanding of the reality of our inner and outer world? What kind of truth might the artworks convey to us? „Półprawda | Half-Truth” intends to define a position to answer such questions.
Pictures from the left:
- Stepan Ryabchenko, Melissa, 2011
- Nevin Aladag, STILETTO, İNCE İNCE, 3:40, 2015
- Little Warsaw, Globe, 2000
- Hristina Ivanoska, Untitled, 2014
- Šejla Kamerić, Ballot Box, 2012