The project 'People who live in glass houses shouldn't throw stones' is based on the collaboration of artists and curators from Poland and Germany. It includes conceptual activities, an artistic workshop, accompanying on-site events, publication and an exhibition in both countries.
The title of the project is a German proverb used when referring to people who criticize others while making similar mistakes themselves. The fragility of the “glass house” mentioned in the title can be understood in relation to both our planet and our individual life situations. The protective cover of the Earth is its atmosphere, which we are thoughtlessly threatening. Individual people are protected by their social environment whereas their human rights, which are endangered by populist tendencies, are guaranteed by the constitution.
This multi-part exhibition project will be realized at the Centre of Polish Sculpture in Orońsko (Poland) and at the Kunsthalle in the Kunsthaus, Wiesbaden (Germany) with the participation of 15 artists. These include eight Polish artists (among them two pairs of artistic duos) and six artists living in Germany as well as an artist from the Netherlands. During workshops and public presentations in both institutions, the artists will have an opportunity to confront their artistic ideas and exchange information and work-experiences.
The first part of the project takes place in the protected space of the 'Orangery' Gallery on the grounds of the Centre of Polish Sculpture. The invited artists will present the works resulting from a seven-day workshop (30 July – 7 August, 2020) in the exhibition they will develope together. The experiences of collaborative work and exchange during the workshops will allow for explorations and activities beyond the exhibition space itself, in the surroundings of the gallery and the Sculpture Park in the compound. In response to mutual activities and the impact they have on Orońsko residents and visitors to the center, the artists will achieve a context-based expansion of their works.
The exhibition in the 'Orangery' Gallery at the Centre of Polish Sculpture in Orońsko opens on the 8th of August, 2020 at 2 pm and will be on view till the 20th of September, 2020.
For the opening there is a special bus provided for the guests, leaving from Zachęta National Gallery on August 8th at 10 am and bringing visitors back to Warsaw that day at 7 pm (leaving the Centre of Polish Sculpture at 5 pm). There is a possibility to have lunch at the Centre, but reservations are required. Please write to: email@example.com
The workshops and the exhibition are accompanied by a program in which the artists give short public presentations of their work. This takes place Monday – Thursday, August 3–6, 2020 at 2 pm at the Hotel ‘Dom Rzeźbiarza” at the Sculpture Centre.
The exhibition at the Kunsthalle in the Kunsthaus in Wiesbaden, Germany opens on the 10th of October, and lasts till November 29th, 2020. It will present the works developed at the Centre of Polish Sculpture in Orońsko. The ideas conceived in the “glass house” will be further examined during the presentation at the Kunsthalle in Wiesbaden. The supporting program of events will include a presentation of the book publication issued on the occasion of the event with texts by Eulalia Domanowska, Bogna Blazewicz, Gottfried Hafemann and Nadine Hahn and a lecture by Dorota Monkiewicz on contemporary Polish art.
The German head of the project is Gottfried Hafemann, long-standing curator of contemporary art, gallery owner and former director of the Nassauischer Kunstverein in Wiesbaden. His assistant, Nadine Hahn is an art historian from Frankfurt am Main. On the Polish side, the project is coordinated by Leszek Golec, a long-time curator of the Centre of Polish Sculpture and an artist participating in the exhibition. His assistant is Sofia Zezmer.
Participating artists from Poland:
Kuba Bąkowski (Warsaw), Michalina Bigaj (Krakow), Tatiana Czekalska / Leszek Golec (Lodz) Diana Grabowska / Bruno Althamer (Warsaw), Kamil Kuskowski (Szczecin), Tomasz Matuszak (Lodz)
Participating artists from Germany:
Francisco Klinger Carvalho (Mannheim, D /São Paulo, BR), Wolfgang Gemmer (Wiesbaden), Monika Linhard (Frankfurt am Main), Constanze Nowak (Dresden), Cornelia Rößler (Mainz), Young W. Song (Frankfurt am Main, D / Seoul, KR), Peer Veneman (Amsterdam, NL)
The project is supported by the Polish Ministry of Culture and National Heritage, within the framework of the program ‘Kultura Inspirująca /Inspiring Culture’ and by the City of Wiesbaden.
Project partner – The Polish Institute in Düsseldorf.