Positioning - In the New Reality of Europe: Art from Poland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Hungary

Positioning- In the New Reality of Europe: Art from Poland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, and Hungary

Artur Zmijewski, Singing Lesson 1, 2001Singing2
Artur Zmijewski, Singing Lesson 1, 2001
Courtesy Foksal Gallery Foundation

The aim of this exhibition is to introduce contemporary art from Central and Eastern Europe, an area that is undergoing a tumultuous period of change ange as it moves from the twentieth into the twenty-first century. This region’s contemporary art has been exhibited before, but this is the first attempt to have an exhibition in Japan focused on work from the 1990s to the present day. It is particularly special on this occasion because works from artists in Hungary, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, and Poland are being chosen.

The old socialist order fell in the East European countries in 1989 and in May 2004 the four countries named above, together with six other nations, joined the European Union. However, what came after the old system was reversed was not necessarily a utopia. It was said that gaps in wealth opened up and that provision for the poor was not adequate. In this new capitalistic jungle, various strategies were necessary for survival, and artists were not exempted from this reality.

Vigor, the flexibility to take the proper steps to meet the situation, and a sense of humor are techniques for surviving. We can see works that, even though they are seemingly surrealistic, are the results of careful and elaborate observation and profound insight. The year 2005 is designated as the “Japan- EU Year of People-to-People Exchanges.”As Far East Asia and Central and Eastern Europe have a mutual affect not only upon one another but also upon the future, it is expected that this exhibition will offer an excellent opportunity to move toward a world in which they can live together in harmony.

Outline
Venue / Dates: The National Museum of Art, Osaka
August 2 (Tue.) - October 10 (Mon.), 2005
Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art
October 29 (Sat.) - January 8 (Sun.), 2006 Museum Of Contemporary Art Tokyo
January 21 (Sat.) - March 26 (Sun.), 2006
Opening Hours:10:00~18:00 (Admission until 30 minutes before closing)
Closed: Mondays
Admission Fee: Adults 1,000 Yen (800Yen) / University students 800 Yen (640 Yen) / School students & Adults over 65 500 Yen (400 Yen)
*( ) Figures in parentheses indicate discount fees for groups of 20 or more
*Those with physical or mental disabilities and their attendants. Free
*Including Permanent Collection
Organizers:

The Japan Foundation
The National Museum of Art, Osaka
Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art
Museum Of Contemporary Art Tokyo

Artists: Poland
Pawel Althamer (1967-), Miroslaw Balka (1958-), Azorro, Artur Zmijewski (1966-) Slovakia
Pavlina Fichta Cierna (1967-), Ilona Nemeth (1963-) Hungary
Antal Lakner (1966-), Agnes Szepfalvi (1965-), Csaba Nemes (1966-) Czech Republic
Kristof Kintera (1973-), Mila Preslova (1966-)

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