Never Again Art Against War and Fascism in the 20th and 21st Centuries
Aug 30 - Nov 17 2019
ul. Wybrzeże Kościuszkowskie 22
The exhibition "Never Again. Art against War and Fascism in the 20th and 21st centuries", organised on the 80th anniversary of the outbreak of WWII asks the question: has the anti-fascism movement lost its significance and strength with the end of communism? The exhibition is divided into three parts referring to three periods in history; the first is the 1930s with the most renowned anti-war painting, Guernica by Pablo Picasso, the second is the communist era in Poland, focusing primarily on the "Arsenal” (Polish National Exhibition of Young Visual Arts "Against War, Against Fascism"), and the third embraces today’s approaches to fascism, particularly the crisis of the European Union and today's rise of populism. The exhibition poses the question what role art plays in affecting the imagination, organising resistance or initiating anti-fascism community projects? The exhibited artists are: 1930s: Maja Berezowska, Alice Neel, Dora Maar, George Grosz, John Heartfield, Jonasz Stern, Leopold Lewicki, Sasza Blonder, Adam Marczyński, Bolesław Stawiński, Bronisław Wojciech Linke, Stanisław Osostowicz; 1950s: Izaak Celnikier, Alina Szapocznikow, Jerzy Tchórzewski, Erna Rosenstein, Marek Oberländer, Jan Dziędziora, Jerzy Tchórzewski, Tadeusz Trepkowski, Waldemar Cwenarski, Wojciech Fangor, Andrzej Wróblewski, Xavier Guerrero; today: Alice Creischer, Nikita Kadan, Forensic Architecture, Jonathan Horowitz, Goshka Macuga, Mario Lombardo, Mykola Ridnyi, Hito Steyerl, Marta Rosler, Raymond Pettibon, Wilhelm Sasnal, The Society of Friends of Maxwell Itoya and Wolfgang Tillmans. The exhibition is held as part of the Anti-Fascist Year.