The old Rzepecki looks at the young Rzepecki

Tuesday, May 19, 2020 - Sunday, October 18, 2020

  • Tuesday, May 19, 2020 - Sunday, October 18, 2020
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The exhibition at Bunkier Sztuki is the first such comprehensive Kraków showcase of Adam Rzepecki’s works. By and large, its character is retrospective, as seen in the two-part structure.

The first part, placed in the ground floor spaces, presents the works (mainly photographs) which were taken for the most part in the 1970s and 1980s. They form several groups that explore such topics as for instance: formal experiments with the photographic medium, performance-related experiences, ironic reflection on the artist’s status, dialoguing with other artists’ achievements, artistic freedom, the flourishing of Pitch-In Culture art group and the division between male and other art. SEE ONLINE

The other part of the exhibition is chiefly a personal story stemming from the artist’s plight – the illness he went through and recovered from. These trying experiences have brought him a deeper understanding of life through the lens of the universe and eternity, which has been manifested in his latest artworks. The title the exhibitions bears – The Old Rzepecki Looks at the Young Rzepecki – is at the same time the title of a sculpture created for this very occasion. In the exhibition, the artist recapitulates his life and work. He adopts an interesting strategy that involves him appearing as two characters. The mature artist meets the young one and shows that by now all that the boy sensed the adult knows. The second part and the supplement of the first part will be available in the Gallery, which opens again on 19 May!

From 19 May to 2 August the whole exhibition will be open. From 21 August to 18 October only part of the exhibition in the Lower Gallery can be seen.

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Adam Rzepecki (b. 1962) practises painting, photography, video art, performance and installations. Between 1973 and 1979 he studied art history at Jagiellonian University in Kraków. Since 1979 he has been a member of the art group Łódź Kaliska and since 1990 of Stacja Pi.Stacja. Between 1978 and 1981 he ran Jaszczurowa Galeria Fotografii in Kraków. He co-created “Kultura Zrzuty” (Pitch-in Culture). His works are in the collections of Ujazdowski Castle in Warsaw, National Museum in Kraków, Zachęta — National Gallery of Art, Muzeum Sztuki in Łódź and Sammlung Verbund in Vienna.

 

Bunkier Sztuki

pl. Szczepański 3a

The latest developments in art, as well as the buzz of artists and curators await us in the pavilion in the Planty Garden Ring.

The name of the municipal gallery house and the exhibition pavilion in the Planty Garden Ring make reference to the characteristic shape of the building raised in the 1960s, literally the “bunker of art”. The concrete façade, into which remnants of a historical granary were set, led to the whole being quickly dubbed “a bunker”, a name that became officially accepted throughout Kraków with time. The “Bunker of Art” organises temporary exhibitions of Polish and foreign contemporary art as well as workshops, discussion panels, seminars, and meetings with artists, curators and art critics. Regularly hosted here are also the main exhibitions of major Kraków festivals: Kraków Photo Month and the International Print Triennial, while every autumn the post-competition World Press Photo presentations are certain to attract crowds.

Tickets: normal PLN 12, concessions PLN 6, family PLN 20

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