The exhibition Brocken Spectre explores the motif of mountains in contemporary art. This subject presents canonical artistic problematics, traditionally connected with the romantic myth, functioning in the entire area of Polish culture. Nowadays, it is subject to constant deconstruction and transformation, serving as a tool for artists to explore current problems of contemporaneity, their own limitations and possibilities, as well as issues of universal character, such as human relations with nature or attempts to organise material culture and history.
A Brocken spectre is an optical phenomenon shrouded in legend. It occurs in the mountains rarely, when the hiker is at the top high enough to observe their own shadow cast upon clouds, surrounded by a rainbow glory. A superstition popular among mountaineers is that one who has once seen this apparition shall remain in the mountains forever. In order to escape the fate, one has to experience this three times.
The Brocken spectre has always been perceived as a mysterious and transcendental phenomenon. Here, as a metaphor with romantic and metaphysical connotations, it is the starting point for capturing a catalogue of problems taken up by the artists who seek inspiration high above sea level. After all, to the large extent, the search for extrasensory experiences constitutes the basis for the whole range of social, sporting, cultural and creative phenomena related to the mountains.
The exhibition features works prepared especially for the gallery space, as well as installations, painting, sculpture, film and photography. The artists presented at the Awangarda Gallery represent different generations and diverse artistic circles. They are classics of Polish painting, active as early as in the fifties (Józef Hałas), creators involved with the community of Wrocław’s Academy of Fine Arts (Andrzej Klimczak-Dobrzaniecki, Wojciech Pukocz, Przemysław Pintal) or representatives of the young and middle generation, migrating between different artistic centres (Łukasz Patelczyk, Hubert Czerepok). Some of them are connected with “small homelands” and their actions refer to the issues of regionalism, undertaking a certain dialogue with the artistic traditions that once existed in their local mountain resorts (Zbigniew Frączkiewicz, Grażyna Jaskierska-Albrzykowska). Others, on the other hand, bring a completely new quality and artistic thought, independent of local contexts (Kornel Janczy, Zbigniew Rogalski) or work through them anew (Jan Dziaczkowski). The exhibition also includes references to the world of film (Marcin Koszałka) and theatre (Wojciech Doroszuk).
13.07 – 2.09.2018
opening: Friday, 13.07.2018, 6 pm.
artists: Ewa Ciepielewska, Hubert Czerepok, Wojtek Doroszuk, Emilia Dudziec, Jan Dziaczkowski, Zbigniew Frączkiewicz, Józef Hałas, Kornel Janczy, Magdalena Jaroć, Grażyna Jaskierska-Albrzykowska, Anna Klimczak-Dobrzaniecka, Andrzej Klimczak-Dobrzaniecki, Marcin Koszałka, Kasper Lecnim, Urszula Madera, Miron Mattoszko, Łukasz Patelczyk, Przemysław Pintal, Wojciech Pukocz, Daria Pyrchała, Zbigniew Rogalski, Adam Rzepecki, Marek Sienkiewicz.
curators: Alicja Klimczak-Dobrzaniecka, Patrycja Sikora
parthner of exhibition: Akademia Sztuk Pięknym im. Eugeniusza Gepperta we Wrocławiu