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JASMINA CIBIC

21/01/2017 - 08/04/2017

Firm Foundations
Opening: January 20, 2017 from 6pm to 9pm

ŻAK | BRANICKA is delighted to present Firm Foundations by Jasmina Cibic, this will be the artist’s first solo presentation in Berlin and the beginning of her cooperation with the gallery.
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RYSZARD WASKO

29/10/2016 - 14/01/2017

Who's Afraid of Colour? (Positive vs. Negative)

ŻAK | BRANICKA is delighted to present Who’s Afraid Of Colour (Positive vs. Negative) by Ryszard Wasko, marking this as his third exhibition at the gallery.   

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3/1/1

10/09/2016 - 22/10/2016

Artists: Marlena Kudlicka; Diogo Pimentão; Ignacio Uriarte

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KWIEKULIK

28/04/2016 - 30/07/2016

The Monument Without a Passport

ŻAK | BRANICKA is proud to present, in the frame of Gallery Weekend Berlin 2016, a solo exhibition by the artist duo KwieKulik (Przemysław Kwiek, Zofia Kulik), titled The Monument Without a Passport.

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HRISTINA IVANOSKA & YANE CALOVSKI

16/01/2016 - 23/04/2016

Orphans of Culture, Legends and Heroes Part II

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SZYMON KOBYLARZ

14/11/2015 - 09/01/2016

Fibonacci Chaos
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RYSZARD WASKO

17/09/2015 - 07/11/2015

Time Sculptures – Conceptual Work from the 1980s.

On the occasion of the Berlin Art Week 2015, ŻAK | BRANICKA is pleased to present a selection of unknown works by Ryszard Wasko, conceptual artist. After Time Frames – Conceptual Works of the 1970s, Time Sculptures – Conceptual Works of the 1980s is the artist’s second solo exhibition at the gallery. It calls to mind the diversity of recently rediscovered art of the 1980s. The works shown in the exhibition are concerned with sculptures that deal with the ideas of time and space in how we perceive structure from different points of reference. 

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THE ADMIRABLE NUMBER PI (GROUP SHOW)

27/06/2015 - 12/09/2015

Artists: Daniel Buren, Stanisław Dróżdż, Jan Dibbets, Vlatka Horvat, Marlena Kudlicka, KwieKulik, Szymon Kobylarz, Mario Merz, Ryszard Wasko

KwieKulik, Siewierz - A Plate and Activities with Mercury, 1975

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MAGDALENA ABAKANOWICZ

30/04/2015 - 04/05/2015

As part of the Gallery Weekend Berlin 2015, ŻAK | BRANICKA is proud to present, for the first time in this magnitude in Berlin, a solo presentation by Magdalena Abakanowicz (b. 1930) at St. Elisabeth Church.

The centerpiece of the exhibition is a monumental installation titled Bambini, consisting of 83 life-sized sculptures, which was shown in venues such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York (1999), the Jardins du Palais Royal in Paris (1999), or the Reina Sofia in Madrid (2008). The show will also include the works from the series Backs, Bella I and Bella II. Further works can be seen at the gallery space in Lindenstraße 35.

Location: St. Elisabeth Church, 
Invalidenstr. 3, 
10115 Berlin
Exhibition: April 30 – May 4, 2015, 11–7 pm

AGNIESZKA POLSKA | THE BODY OF WORDS

30/04/2015 - 20/06/2015

As part of the Gallery Weekend Berlin 2015, ŻAK | BRANICKA is pleased to announce The Body of Words, a solo-exhibition by Agnieszka Polska: an emerging artist from the younger generation, who is rapidly growing in the contemporary art scene.

The artist’s visual language is unique and unprecedented: seen once, her style will always be recognized again. The source materials for most of her non-narrative video pieces are pictures from books and stock photographs, which she animates in order to create an absorbing, hypnotic atmosphere. In her films and collages of recent years, Polska has often addressed the issues of responsibility and social influence of the artist and further was examining various stances of the processes of legitimization or exclusion: in the field of art history, history as such, language and consciousness.

VLATKA HORVAT | IMMEASURABLES

13/02/2015 - 18/04/2015

ŻAK | BRANICKA is pleased to present Immeasurables, the second solo exhibition by Vlatka Horvat charting exciting new territory in her work.

Investigating the politics and poetics of spatial arrangement, order and organization, interpersonal and social relations, Vlatka Horvat’s practice explores the characteristics of interaction between the body, the built environment and the objects that inhabit it. In her collages, photographs and installations, Horvat often places the body in awkward, puzzling and uncanny positions, situating it on the horizon of objecthood – a move which questions the stability of categories and structures through which social and political meaning is made. Whilst the body in Horvat’s work is repeatedly depicted as disjointed and discombobulated, situated between functional and dysfunctional, between subject and object, the space in which it performs its often absurdist and Dadaist operations, is itself ‘out of joint’.

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PAWEL KSIAZEK | FIGURES

31/10/2014 - 31/01/2015

ŻAK | BRANICKA gallery is proud to present the third solo exhibition by Paweł Książek, titled Figures.
The word "figure" derives from the Latin language; it can be abbreviated as "fig." or symbolised by the Greek letter "φ", which refers to the figure, can be a symbol of luminous flux as well as golden ratio. Paweł Książek uses this ambiguity as the starting point for his new series of paintings entitled Figures.
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DOMINIK LEJMAN | DIS/CONNECTED

18/09/2014 - 25/10/2014

ŻAK | BRANICKA gallery is proud to present the third solo exhibition by Dominik Lejman, titled dis/connected.
Dominik Lejman's art work has its roots in traditional painting, but goes far beyond its limits. With his unique technique, Lejman combines painting and video projections. In this way, the artist introduces the factor of time to the painting: “painting with time code.” His murals - or "video- frescoes" - also derive from old painting traditions. These are wall compositions, in which, instead of paint, Lejman uses light projected directly on walls, buildings, or in the public space. 
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ZOFIA KULIK | INSTEAD OF SCULPTURE - SEQUENCES 1968-71

02/05/2014 - 13/09/2014

For this year’s Gallery Weekend Berlin ŻAK | BRANICKA is delighted to present an exhibition by Zofia Kulik, entitled Instead of Sculpture – Sequences 1968-71.

This exhibition is a double "return" for the artist: a return to her solo work after several years spent working on the archive and publishing a monumental monograph dedicated to the artistic duo KwieKulik , and also a return to her earliest artistic explorations; to her graduation work created in 1970/71 at the Sculpture Department of the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw. This project has not seen the light of day for over four and a half decades, and was never finally edited. Selected fragments from this work will be presented for the first time as a photo sequences at ŻAK | BRANICKA.

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MICHAł JANKOWSKI | GOOD NIGHT

27/06/2014 - 13/09/2014

ŻAK | BRANICKA is pleased to present an exhibition of new works by Michal Jankowski under the title Good Night. The exhibition will take place in the gallery's showroom.

Michał Jankowski takes the viewer on a phantasmagorical journey to a world in which subconscious thoughts are brought to the surface and left uncensored. In their morbidity, ambiguity and incredible tactility, the artistʼs works evoke a series of sensations when viewed over a period of time. Jankowski pushes his subjects to the limits of their legibility as images, whilst at the same time building bridges to entirely new worlds of interpretation; each uniquely constructed for, and essentially by, every new observer.

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JOANNA RAJKOWSKA | GOLD, SILVER, BRASS

14/03/2014 - 26/04/2014

A recurring theme in Joanna Rajkowska's works is collective memory. This is often central to her works in public spaces, for example, Greetings from Jerusalem Avenue (2002, Warsaw), or Benjamin in Konya (2010, Turkey). Rajkowska sometimes uses private mythologies in her work, which in her interpretation become a universal story.

The exhibition Gold, Silver, Brass includes works created by Rajkowska over the past six years. The starting point is the artist's family history – an ordinary bourgeois family from Warsaw, their story similar to that of thousands of other families, which together shaped the identity of Eastern Europe and its collective memory in the 20th century. 

Joanna Rajkowska's works are an invocation of the past. Beneath the superficiality of everyday life the artist reveals layers of memory and touches the wounds of the past, from which we all bear scars.


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RYSZARD WASKO | TIME FRAMES - CONCEPTUAL WORK FROM THE 70S.

17/01/2014 - 08/03/2014

Ryszard Wasko is a legendary figure in Polish conceptual art. His role as an artist cannot be divorced from his role as a curator and organizer of some of the most important art events behind the Iron Curtain. Over thirty years after his last international show at Museum Folkwang in Essen (1981), ŻAK | BRANICKA has the honor of presenting
a selection of the artist's works from the 1970s.

The 1970s were a key period for Wasko. As a member of Warsztat Formy Filmowej [Film Form Studio] (1970-1976) tied to Łódzka Szkoła Filmowa [Film School in Łódź] (whose other members included Paweł Kwiek, Józef Robakowski, and Zbigniew Rybczyński), Wasko concentrated on the conceptual analysis of the medium: at this time he created films, video art, photographs, installations, and drawings in which time, space, movement, and perception were the main subjects. These elements were analytically broken down into their basic components, allowing the artist to deconstruct the medium: photography and video.

NATALIA STACHON | THE PROBLEM OF THE CALM

01/11/2013 - 11/01/2014

You are cordially invited to the exhibition opening on Friday, November 1, 2013 from 6 to 9 pm.

ŻAK | BRANICKA is delighted to present the first solo exhibition of the artist Natalia Stachon entitled The Problem of the Calm. The young artist investigates the relationships of space and matter, sensory impressions and experience, form and surface in her works. In the process, the site of art morphs into a stage, habitual conceptions of image are overruled or reinterpreted.

The eponymous work is an installation conceived specially for ŻAK | BRANICKA that completely takes up the space. Stainless steel cables, with different formations of glass insulators and stainless steel elements hanging from their ends, stretch from one wall to another. The materials are reminiscent of high-voltage power lines; defunctionalized as weights they generate a new sort of tension, in which the cables regroup to form a space-encompassing design.

“Places find me. And they change me. It is always a journey with an unknown outcome.”

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SZYMON KOBYLARZ | ART FOR ART´S SAKE

20/09/2013 - 26/10/2013

You are cordially invited to the exhibition opening on Friday, September 20, 2013 from 6 to 10 pm.

ŻAK | BRANICKA is thrilled to present the second solo show at the gallery by Szymon Kobylarz, titled Art for Art’s Sake.

The idea for his latest project was born in 2011, when Kobylarz made the "Magazynier" [Storehouse Attendant] installation at Kronika Gallery in Bytom. He used some of his previous works in constructing it, dismantling and reusing them as building materials. This sort of recycling or utilization of art was not only a way of cleaning out his storeroom, but also expressed a doubt of sorts: “I wonder about the sense in physically producing works of art,” says Kobylarz.

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MARLENA KUDLICKA | THE WEIGHT OF 8

21/06/2013 - 14/09/2013

You are cordially invited to the exhibition opening on Friday, June 21, 2013 from 6 to 9 pm.

ŻAK | BRANICKA Gallery is pleased to present the weight of 8, our first exhibition of Marlena Kudlicka's work.  Specially prepared for the gallery space, the artist has created an installation consisting of three objects along with a narrative, the key to which is the title of the exhibit. The weight of 8 is a description of the relationship between space and language. The artist says that "Letters and words serve to describe a space, while numbers do the same for its measurements.  Words are not, however, capable of precisely expressing something, as they constitute a subjective evaluation, yet numbers code precision.  I join both forms in a new language."

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VALIE EXPORT: BILDER DER BERÜHRUNG [IMAGES OF CONTINGENCE]

26/04/2013 - 15/06/2013

VALIE EXPORT, Fragmente der Bilder einer Berührung, 1994, installation, installation view, ŻAK | BRANICKA, 2013
© VALIE EXPORT


Opening April 26, 2013, 6 to 9 pm in the frame of Gallery Weekend Berlin 2013
Opening times during Gallery Weekend Berlin 2013: Saturday and Sunday from 11 am to 7 pm
Screening of METANOIA: 29 videos by VALIE EXPORT June 6, 11 am to 9 pm


ŻAK | BRANICKA is delighted to present Bilder der Berührung [Images of Contingence], an exhibition of works by VALIE EXPORT to be shown during the Gallery Weekend Berlin 2013. The exhibition highlights the artist’s groundbreaking expressions of physical contact and its implications in various media, including installation, drawing, photography, film and archival materials. The title of the exhibition is rooted in VALIE EXPORT’s installation work Fragmente der Bilder einer Berührung [Fragments of Images of Contingence] of 1994, in which pole- and wire-hung light bulbs are rhythmically immersed into cylinders filled with milk, used oil, or water. These liquids are fundamental sources of our existence. At the same time, their physical fusion with electricity implies a life-threatening danger—a contradictory, yet also mutually conditioned state of joining and repelling. The rhythmic movement in this work is repeated in a second installation of the exhibition, Die un-endliche/-ähnliche Melodie der Stränge [The un-ending/-ique melody of cords] of 1998, a recording of a threadless sewing machine and its sound. 

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KATARZYNA KOZYRA: LOOKING FOR JESUS

09/03/2013 - 13/04/2013

 

Opening March 8, 2013, 6 to 9 pm



Text by Hanna Wróblewska, director of Zachęta National Gallery of Art, Warsaw



Looking for Jesus
is the latest project by Katarzyna Kozyra, a project in the making, beginning over a year ago, and continuing its creation for at least a few more months. This time, Kozyra assumes the position of a researcher, allowing us—the audience, the press, the public—to be interested in her works: into the formation process of the work, the subsequent stages of editing, tracking the film or rather video installation, from the very beginning of its creation.

The project was produced with the support of Ministry of Culture and National Heritage of the Republic of Poland and a private collector.
 

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GORGONA: PLEASE ATTEND

18/01/2013 - 02/03/2013

In 1961, Gorgona fled from the then powerful communism into the irrational, the incomprehensible. The inactivity of Gorgona was noticeable. Several young people whose mutual affection was the decisive connective factor met occasionally. Gorgona did not have any messages! It was a particular type of activity, auto-ironic, affording a feeling of being unusual. Perhaps it brought something new; perhaps it only resolved its life problems, feelings of being hemmed in. Perhaps it left nothing behind apart from friendship and spiritual closeness.

Josip Vaništa

ŻAK | BRANICKA is delighted to present its first exhibition by the proto-conceptual Zagreb-based group Gorgona that unrealised itself between 1959 and 1966. 

 

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JÓZEF ROBAKOWSKI: DER LINIE NACH

03/11/2012 - 12/01/2013

Opening November 2, 2012, from 6 to 9 pm.

The energy of a lazy line...

One moment it is straight, then it swells, slants, only to stop, to move, it picks up speed, turns left, turns right, runs, runs, runs, skips the tracks, stands up, trembles, stiffens, but does not burst, takes on color, reddens, moves off again, runs, hurries a bit, turns blue, then green, flees ever faster, only to turn right, then left, then right again, it shouts something, what, halt, but it barrels on, without stopping, violet, maybe blue, no, yellow, it twists, straightens out, lifts up, falls down, hovers on the edge, takes fright, turns violet, blue, white, lifts up, falls, goes wavy, wavy, wavy, slows down, slowly stands, trembles, once more, trembles, powerfully, moves, bends, left, right, but straight, always straight, runs off, ever further, black, gray, pale, swells, breathes, melts...

Józef Robakowski (2012)


ŻAK | BRANICKA proudly presents an exhibition by the legendary avant-garde film artist of the 1960s and 1970s, Józef Robakowski (*1939). Its main subject is the line, one of the most simple and radical motifs, and one which has repeatedly cropped up in this artist’s work since the 1970s.

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STANISLAW DROZDZ: FORGETTING

11/09/2012 - 27/10/2012

Opening September 11, 2012, 6 to 9 pm

ŻAK | BRANICKA Gallery is proud to present an exhibition by the most famous Polish concrete poetry artist: Stanisław Dróżdż. The show comprises four language versions (Polish, English, German, Finnish) of one of his most famed works: Forgetting.

The bases of Stanisław Dróżdż’s works are short texts or words. These evolve into images and are recontextualized by deconstructing their semantic meanings through a specific connection or arrangement on a flat layer or in space. In 1967, still unaware of the existence of Concrete Poetry in western art, Dróżdż started writing a kind of poetry, for which he invented the name Pojęciokształty [Concept Shapes], and whose form reflected its content. Although Dróżdż thought of himself as a poet, in his practice he materialized words through which the event of viewing became a process of actually understanding words. Even then, Dróżdż was interested in the connection between words and space. In his famous work Między [between] (Foksal Gallery, 1977) the word is written into the space of the gallery. Hence, the viewer finds himself inside the work and literally between the word.

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FROM THE SUNNIEST DAY TO THE DARKEST NIGHT

22/06/2012 - 01/09/2012

Maja Bajević, Adrian Paci, Igor Grubić, Hubert Czerepok

Curated by Agata Rogoś

Opening June 22, 2012, 6 – 9 pm

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JOANNA RAJKOWSKA: BORN IN BERLIN - A LETTER TO ROSA

27/04/2012 - 16/06/2012

Opening as part of Gallery Weekend Berlin 2012:
Friday, April 27, 2012, 6–9pm

Opening times during Gallery Weekend Berlin: April 28 – 29, 2012, 11 am to 7 pm

 

Joanna Rajkowska possesses an unusual ability to transform private stories into public and political events. Her works make the existence of average people or trivial events visible within a social context. "Born in Berlin", her most recent project which took over a year to create, is composed of two parts. The first is a film of the same title, produced for the 7th Berlin Biennale of Contemporary Art and in cooperation with the ŻAK | BRANICKA FOUNDATION. It will be screened at the Akademie der Künste in Berlin during the biennale. The second part, on show at ŻAK | BRANICKA Gallery is titled "Born in Berlin – A Letter to Rosa", and consists of over 100 drawings and collages, forming a very intimate letter to the artist’s daughter. Rajkowska explains to Rosa: “You were supposed to be a gift to Berlin, to this city which usually only brought destruction, at least for my family. A gift which was supposed to disenchant everything.”

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HUBERT CZEREPOK: LUX AETERNA

27/01/2012 - 21/04/2012

Opening: January 27, 2012, 6–9 pm

ŻAK | BRANICKA is delighted to present the second solo-exhibition Lux Aeterna in the gallery.

The exhibition Lux Aeterna by Hubert Czerepok focuses on humanity’s dream of attaining omniscience. Czerepok is interested in the border between enlightenment and possession, between good and evil. 

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VLATKA HORVAT: BESIDE ITSELF

18/11/2011 - 20/01/2012

Opening: November 18, 2011, 6–9pm

ŻAK | BRANICKA is delighted to present Vlatka Horvat’s first solo-exhibition at the gallery.

Investigating the politics and poetics of spatial arrangement, order and organization, interpersonal and social relations, Vlatka Horvat’s practice explores the characteristics of interaction between the body, the built environment and the objects that inhabit it. In her collages, photographs and installations, Horvat often places the body in awkward, puzzling and uncanny positions, situating it on the horizon of objecthood—a move which questions the stability of categories and structures through which social and political meaning is made. Whilst the body in Horvat’s work is repeatedly depicted as disjointed and discombobulated, situated between functional and dysfunctional, between subject and object, the space in which it performs its often absurdist and Dadaist operations is itself “out of joint”. 

 

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DOMINIK LEJMAN: FAR TOO CLOSE

09/09/2011 - 12/11/2011

Opening: September 9, 2011, 4 to 9 pm

We are delighted to present Dominik Lejman’s second solo exhibition, entitled Far too Close, at 
ŻAK | BRANICKA Gallery.

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MICHAŁ JANKOWSKI: ASTRONAUTS

01/07/2011 - 03/09/2011

Opening: July 1st 2011, 6-9 pm

Michal Jankowksi is part of the younger generation of artists, often labelled as “tired of reality,” the source of whose art is to be found not in the surrounding reality, but in the imagination, dreams, or hallucinations.

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ROMAN OPAŁKA: OCTAGON

29/04/2011 - 25/06/2011

Opening: Friday, April 29, 2011 from 4 to 9 pm

Roman Opałka is one of the most radical and famous conceptual artists to date. In his life long project entitled Opałka 1965/1-∞ he paints consecutive numbers in white colour on canvases of consistently equal dimensions (195 x 135 cm), since 1965. At this time Opałka has reached the number 5 590 000. On the occasion of Opałka’s 80th birthday ŻAK | BRANICKA presents eight of his photographic self-portraits. This is the first exhibition of his work in Berlin in seventeen years.

 

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PAWEŁ OLSZCZYŃSKI: FANTÔME NOIR

18/03/2011 - 23/04/2011

Opening: Friday, March 18, 2011 from 6 to 9 pm

French critic Nino Frank is often given credit for coining the term “film noir”. He alleged that the novelty of film noir is its shift of the emphasis from the action to creating expressive model characters e.g.: the detective in a trench coat or the demonic femme fatale in a satin dress with a cigarette in her hand. In his drawings Pawel Olszczynski goes one step further—he abandons the characters and focuses on their props. In his work items of clothing subjectively become phantoms of the body. It is his private world—a fantôme noir.

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THE TASK OF THE TRANSLATOR

04/02/2011 - 12/03/2011

Opening: Friday, February 4, 2011 from 6 to 9 pm

Joanna Rajkowska is best known as an artist who works with public spaces. Collective memories and identities of societies form the raw material for her pieces. Her newest project The Task of the Translator was inaugurated in Konya (Turkey) last year. The starting point for Rajkowska’s project is her reflection on the mechanisms and consequences of the language reform that took place in newly founded Turkey in 1928, led by Mustafa Kemal Atatürk.

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YANE CALOVSKI

12/11/2010 - 29/01/2011

Obsessive Setting

Opening: Friday, November 12th, 2010, 6-9 pm

After the dream, they set out in search of that city; they never found it, but they found one another; they decided to build a city like the one in the dream.

Italo Calvino, Invisible Cities

On July 26th, 1963, Skopje (Macedonia) was hit and destroyed by a devastating earthquake. In 1965, a team of Japanese architects, ‘Kenzo Tange Associates’, was invited to compete for and eventually won the opportunity to construct a new Master Plan for the city. However, this original plan was never fully implemented.


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KRZYSZTOF ZIELIŃSKI

10/09/2010 - 06/11/2010

 

BRIESEN
Opening: Friday, September 10th, 2010, 6-9 pm


Briesen is the old German name for a provincial town situated in the north of Poland that was once a part of former eastern Prussia. The town's Polish name, Wąbrzeźno, is one difficult for the foreigner to pronounce. It is a grey and unremarkable place. It is where Krzysztof Zieliński was born and raised. Briesen is also the name of the artist's new photographic series.
 

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MINIMUM MAXIMUM

11/06/2010 - 04/09/2010

STANISŁAW DRÓŻDŻ | CARL ANDRE | ROBERT BARRY

The exhibition at Gallery ŻAK | BRANICKA displays for the first time the work of Polish Concrete Poetry artist Stanisław Dróżdż, alongside the classic minimal and conceptual work of Carl Andre and Robert Barry.

 

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PAWEL KSIAZEK

30/04/2010 - 05/06/2010

Poelzig VS. Poelzig

Opening: April 30, 2010, 4-8pm

GALLERY WEEKEND BERLIN

As part of Gallery Weekend, gallery ŻAK | BRANICKA takes great pleasure in presenting Paweł Książek’s Poelzig VS. Poelzig. This is the second exhibition of the artist’s work, following Silent Utopia at Art Basel Statements 2009, and is based on ideas connecting cinema produced during the inter war years and modernist architecture.  

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AGNIESZKA POLSKA

20/03/2010 - 24/04/2010

Three Videos with Narration

Opening: March 19, 2010, 6-9pm

ŻAK | BRANICKA Gallery takes great pleasure in presenting the most recent work of Agnieszka Polska: "Three Videos with Narration". Polska is one of the most interesting Polish artists of the younger generation (born 1985), whose work has been shown at the KW Institute for Contemporary Art in Berlin, the Kunstbygning in Aarhus and the Zacheta National Gallery of Art in Warsaw.

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KWIEKULIK

05/02/2010 - 13/03/2010

Activities with Dobromierz

The ŻAK | BRANICKA Gallery is proud to present Activities with Dobromierz (1972-74), a work by the artistic duet KwieKulik, one of the most important phenomena of the eastern European neo-avant-garde 1970s movement. Activities with Dobromierz has already had much international publicity including showings at Documenta XII in Kassel and the XI Biennale in Istanbul (2009).   

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SZYMON KOBYLARZ

20/11/2009 - 30/01/2010

Civil Defense

Opening: November 20th, 2009, 6-9pm

Paranoid protuberances of science are Szymon Kobylarz’s source of inspiration. He is interested in quasi-scientific absurdities and the border on which rationality and obsession fester.
In his newest work, realized for Gallery
ŻAK | BRANICKA, Kobylarz utilizes experiences from his school days. At that time and in light of the Cold War, all the Warsaw Agreement member states established “Civil Defense” courses. The subject matter of these lessons regarded defense mechanisms pertaining to various threats and the requisite behavior in the case of catastrophe. The children learned First Aid measures. They also obtained basic knowledge of the building and handling of weapons.
For Kobylarz, the “Civil Defense” course had a completely different meaning: it was a frame in which the boys were finally allowed to play war. At that time as well as now, he is so engaged by the provisional and abstruse conception of homemade emergency equipment that he dedicated the entire exhibition to it.
With “Civil Defense” Kobylarz asks the questions, what happens to science if it takes a wrong turn?  How far can science let itself be compromised and perverted? While working on this project, the artist transformed himself into a kook inventor and in that process he turned towards an antiquated artistic model: he has repositioned art between science and Utopia.

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DOMINIK LEJMAN

22/09/2009 - 14/11/2009

Afterparty

Opening on Friday, September 25, 2009, 6-11 pm

The Afterparty is set at a strange apex of suspension. Does it have an end point? Or could it be a permanent state? The moment when music still drips out of the ears and alcohol wades around in the brain, and when broken glass groans underfoot – it is the moment when everyone is gone and an uncomfortable silence takes control. Make-up streams down the empty faces, and behind the boarded up windows, a new day wakes up a city and you feel like a clown. You see and understand too much to admit the truth. The Afterparty is the end of levity. Exactly at this moment, these few seconds when time has delayed itself, is the topic of Domink Lejman’s work.

Lejman’s technique is innovative: he projects video onto the dark surface of monochromatic, abstractly painted canvases – in this way the surface of the canvas and the projection are optically merged. Despite Lejman’s depriving both media of their autonomy, he considers this work as a pure painting process with projector’s light seen as another layer of both the brush and its stroke. In that way, the traditional painting takes on a new factor: time. Domink Lejman’s paintings are time-based paintings.
 

FROM THE ARCHIVE

26/06/2009 - 19/09/2009

Group Show

Opening on Friday, June 26, 2009, 6-9 pm

Wojciech Bąkowski, Yane Calovski, Sławomir Elsner, Katarzyna Kozyra, Paweł Ksiązek, Zofia Kulik, Robert Kuśmirowski, Agnieszka Polska

 

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PAWEŁ KSIAZEK "SILENT UTOPIA" ART | BASEL STATEMENTS

10/06/2009 - 14/06/2009

Solo show for the ART | BASEL, Art Basel Statements

ŻAK | BRANICKA, 10 – 14. 06.2009 Basel, CH

Halle 01 Stand S3

Opening June, 8th, 2009, 4-7 pm

 www.artbasel.com


Paweł Książek’s project, Silent Utopia, combines two potentially distant aesthetic subjects: Eastern European Modernism in Architecture and German silent films of the 1920s. Silent Utopia consists of paintings, photo collages, and video based on found footage from the silent films.

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ZBIGNIEW ROGALSKI

01/05/2009 - 20/06/2009

ECHO

Opening: 1 May 2009, 4-9 pm 

Upended little bags of Cocaine in which the drugs are replaced by a streak of white; an empty Aquarium, in the panes of which its own reflection is visible; paintings that copy faded, scaled down versions of themselves – these are the phantoms of Zbigniew Rogalski’s Paintings.

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KASIA FUDAKOWSKI

20/03/2009 - 25/04/2009

Gleaning the Gloss

Opening: 20.3.2009 6-9 pm

ŻAK | BRANICKA is pleased to present Kasia Fudakowski’s first solo show in Berlin, Gleaning the Gloss. The exhibition features 12 new sculptures. They are characters, objects and obstructions which transform the gallery into a great forest of delicious and sinuous forms that while invoking surrealist associations, at the same time recall abstractly figurative forms in the midst of identifiable gesture.

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FUTURE PERFECT GALLERY

20/03/2009 - 25/04/2009

CHIMAERA:  Bjorn Hegardt, Lisa Iglesias, Stephan Weitzel

Opening: 20.3.2009 6-9 pm

The exhibition presents work by three artists focusing on drawing as their medium.

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WITKACY - ROBAKOWSKI

06/02/2009 - 17/03/2009

CONFIDENCE MEN

Opening: February 6th 2009, 6-9 p.m.

With the exhibition WITKACY–ROBAKOWSKI at the ŻAK | BRANICKA gallery, two of the most important personalities in Polish art meet face-to-face for the first time. Both confidence(con) men, tricksters, swindlers and eternal practical jokers, Stanisław Ignacy Witkiewicz – called “Witkacy” (1885-1939) – legendary artist, painter, writer and dramaturge, philosopher, photograph, and enfant terrible of the inter-war polish and international art scenes, is confronted by Józef Robakowski (born 1939), an artist of the polish neo-avant-garde of the 60’s and 70’s, co-creator of Film Form Workshops, and the author of such well known videos as “View from my Window” and “My Video Masochism.”  

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ŁUKASZ JASTRUBCZAK

06/02/2009 - 17/03/2009

Video Point | White video

Opening: February 6th 2009, 6-9 p.m.

Jastrubczak is a young multimedia artist who examines the fields of invisibility, disappearance, ephemeral revelation and lunacy. At the same time as his work is absurd and amusing, it is also deliberate and somber. In White Film, we see Jastrubczak sitting in a white bathrobe with a white square suspended to cover his face (with eyeholes, also square). He is tapping out a beat. Jastrubczak presses an unidentified buzzer into the bottom of an empty white bowl on the table in front of him and taps the table, a white mug, and a pair of scissors with the back of a spoon. In the short video, Jastrubzcak renders himself neutral by shielding his identity and nullifies himself in white. He becomes another white object, like the mug or the table, performing an action and only fulfilling his duty: a white robot.

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VIDEO POINT

12/12/2008 - 31/01/2009

Agnieszka Polska | Medical Gymnastics

Opening: 12. 12. 2008 6-9 pm

In the hands of the young artist, Agnieszka Polska, the human body becomes a projection involved in rituals of subjugation that overturn social norms and expectations.
"Medical Gymnastics" is based on photographs from a 1920’s book of physical therapy exercises for children that Polska digitally manipulated, implanting eroticized movement with an almost unsettling quality.

ANNA BAUMGART

12/12/2008 - 31/01/2009

The Hypothesis of the Stolen Image

Opening: 12. 12. 2008 6-9 pm
Exhibition: 13. 12. 2008 - 31. 01. 2009

Since its inception, photography has enabled the media to spread unlimited amounts of images endlessly, but within this growing mass of pictures, certain images have tended to single themselves out. Engraved in public memory, they seem familiar and they seem to represent the entirety of what they portray: the horror of war, the psyche of a leader, or the despair of refugees. 
Anna Baumgart uses some of these famous press photographs as the points of origin for her work.

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KATARZYNA KOZYRA

31/10/2008 - 10/12/2008

SUMMERTALE

Opening: Friday, 31.10.2008, 6 - 9 pm

Exhibition: 01.11.2008 - 10.12.2008
Once upon a time in a land not too far away there was a beautiful little house in a wonderful flower garden, the birds were chirping, the bees and flies were buzzing. Midget women were hanging laundry out to dry, beating carpets, hoeing the vegetable garden, watering plants. It became dark and there in the moonlight suddenly three mushrooms started to grow…

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JAROSłAW FLICIŃSKI

05/09/2008 - 25/10/2008

NO MATTER WHERE IT HAPPENS

Opening: Friday, 05.09.2008, 6 - 9 pm
Exhibition: 06.09.2008 - 24.10.2008

Perhaps as a result of Jarosław Fliciński’s training in architecture and painting, the idea of imposing painting onto a space comes naturally to him. He began working with oil on canvas, but soon shifted from the canvas straight onto the walls.
My paintings slid suddenly from the canvas. It happened in the moment when the canvas’s frames became too narrow.

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ART BERLIN CONTEMPORARY

05/09/2008 - 07/09/2008

ŻAK | BRANICKA with Katarzyna Kozyra

MICHAŁ JANKOWSKI

14/06/2008 - 30/08/2008

FAT TROUT

The exhibition´s title FAT TROUT refers to the name of a trailer park in the film Twin Peaks- Fire walk with me by David Lynch, a location, where detectives searched for clues concerning the murder of Teresa Banks. In the film a fat trout was depicted on the welcome board of this mysterious and frightening location. This motive, in combination with the dark atmosphere of David Lynch’s film, provided the motivation for Jankowski’s further explorations.

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HUBERT CZEREPOK

14/06/2008 - 30/08/2008

Haunebu

The project Haunebu reconstructs one of the most thrilling conspiracy theories of World War II: German engineers were to invent spaceships with the aim of winning the war for Hitler’s Germany. This safely guarded secret, the so called Wunderwaffe, was a flying saucer named Haunebu. Based on available documents, Hubert Czerepok strives, in as realistic way as possible, to represent the myth of an advanced German technology.

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FUTURE PERFECT GALLERY

14/06/2008 - 30/08/2008

Piotr Jaros, The House

Jaros' Filme, Zeichnungen, Fotografien und Prototypen der letzten Jahre, sowohl solche, die sich auf die rätselhafte Sphäre von Haus und Herd beziehen, als auch seine ironisch futuristischen Fantasien über die Arbeit, nehmen eine Form von offen strukturierten, existentiellen Anekdoten an.

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ZOFIA KULIK: SPLENDOUR OF MYSELF V

05/04/2008 - 11/06/2008

Opening: Saturday, April 05th, 6-9 pm
Lindenstr. 35, 10969 Berlin
 
At long last, after her participation at the Documenta XII the polish artist Zofia Kulik received international attention. As many documentation photos have proven, her large-scale photomontages fascinated the public. Her monumental black and white constructions, consisting of a multitude of smaller motifs, connect like a puzzle to reveal the whole image.

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OSKAR HANSEN'S MOMA

05/04/2008 - 11/06/2008

by Yane Calovski and Hristina Ivanoska
Opening: Saturday, 05 April 2008, 6-9 pm
Lindenstr. 35, 10969 Berlin

 

The project a hypothetical program of a "lost museum" designed by a Polish architect
Oskar Hansen in 1964. Meant to become a symbol of the city's progress and
"immortality" following the devastating earthquake on 26th of July 1963, the competition
for the best design of a new art institution was organized by the Polish government as a gesture of solidarity and was open exclusively to architects from Poland and other
Eastern Block countries.


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SHOWROOM: MAGDALENA ABAKANOWICZ

30/04/2015 - 19/06/2015

Magdalena Abakanowicz, Anatomy 1, 2009, jute, resin, wood and steel, 150 x 48 x 28 cm