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Ewa Partum: The Legality of Space

[ Works 1965–2005 ]
Ewa Partum belongs to the first generation of conceptual artists in Poland. In the 1960s and 1970s she ranked among the avant-garde of her country. She sought after a “new reality in art” and considered the “possibilities of thought in painting to be exhausted". For a long time the reception of the artist’s work was hampered by the East-West division. In 1982, after martial law had been imposed in Poland, she left the country and has since lived in Berlin.

The 2001 retrospective at Baden Art Association in Karlsruhe tried to make an appraisal of her complete works finally possible. In Poland one faced a similar task: one aimed at casting a retrospective glance at the work of the artist, who has acted between East and West all her life. Büro Kopernikus presents an exhibition that sheds light upon important aspects of her works from 1965 to 2005. The exhibition shows photographs, installations, objects, photo documentaries, and films by the artist.

„Ewa Partum“
Edited by Aneta Szyłak and Ewa Tatar
Wyspa Institute of Art, Gdańsk
Revolver Archiv für aktuelle Kunst, Frankfurt am Main
The book – with texts in English and Polish – will appear in December 2006.

Wyspa Institute of Art, Gdańsk

17 June – 24 September 2006
Opening: 17 June 2006, 7 p.m.
Workshop: 1–7 June 2006

Participating Institution
Fundacja Wyspa Progress, Gdańsk
Dream Cities and Ghost Towns
projects on the topic:
The Futurism of Industrial Cities – 100 Years of Wolfsburg/Nowa Huta
[ Exhibition project ]
Unwanted Heritage/Moderne Heimat Leipzig
[ Views of architectural modernism in Gdańsk, Sopot and Leipzig, Exhibition project ]
The Mousetrap
[ An international conference on dealing with institutions in contemporary curatorial practice ]

Aneta Szyłak

Curatorial Advice
Dorota Monkiewicz, Angelika Stepken

Programme for Young Performers
Berenika Partum