Symbolism in Poland around 1900
Polish painting at the dawn of the 20th century transports the beholder to a world of myths and legends, dreamlike landscapes, ancient traditions and customs, and the depths of the human soul. In a nation without sovereignty – until its independence in 1918, Poland had been partitioned between Prussia, as well as the Russian and the Austro-Hungarian Empires – a young generation of artists began to breathe new life into the art of painting. With their works, they created what was lacking in the political arena: a common identity. Drawing inspiration from Polish history, culture, and the natural environment, they also looked outwards to the artistic centres of Berlin, Munich, Paris, St. Petersburg, and Vienna.
For the first time in Germany, the Kunsthalle München presents over 140 important works from public and private collections in a comprehensive exhibition devoted to the flowering of Polish art between 1890 and 1918.
The exhibition is organised in collaboration with the National Museums in Warsaw, Kraków and Poznań with support from the Adam Mickiewicz Institute.
The Kunsthalle München presents the first major retrospective in Germany dedicated to the French artist JR (born in 1983) who exhibits freely in the streets of the world, catching the attention of people who are not typical museum visitors.
JR achieved fame by emblazoning huge portraits of anonymous people on the façades of buildings, trains, container ships, even border walls. With his art, JR gives greater visibility to those, whose dignity and rights are frequently ignored in the political discourse, in a way that is as perceptive as it is compassionate. His recent projects include a large-scale pasting in a maximum security prison in California, a TIME Magazine cover about guns in America, a monumental mural in the suburbs of Paris, or a gigantic installation at the US-Mexico border fence.
As he remains anonymous, JR leaves the space empty for an encounter between the subject and the passer-by. That is what JR’s work is about, raising questions.
With photographs, videos, models and pastings covering entire walls, the multimedia exhibition revisits a selection of JR’s projects, which are, by their very nature, only temporary.
This exhibition is organized by the Brooklyn Museum.