No 2 (90) 2012
April - June

New? Sculpture?

Modernism - as an artistic language, a creative approach and a way of grasping the world - has remained living. The contemporary have been researching it under different angles.

Natalia Werbanowska - Krawczyk

B. 1983. Art historian, she publishes texts on contemporary art.

Natalia Werbanowska - Krawczyk

THEY HAVE REVIEWED IT, PROCESSED AND ENTERED INTO A DIALOGUE. The Modernism, though a historic phenomenon, has considerably influenced the most recent art. The latest years discussion on the Modernism has turned new direction. Researchers and critics have explored the Modernistic concepts in a number of scientific works and critical articles. Guided by the assumption that the beginning of the 21st century was the end of the Postmodernism, they have been looking for a replacement. Some have announced the birth of the new kind of Modernism resulting from the specific nature of global transformations. Others have written about the sustained tradition and a contemporary continuation of the formal language of art.

The "New Sculpture" exhibition, put up in the capital city Zachęta, refers to the latter of the above mentioned approaches; i.e., to the problem of the New Modernism. It refers to the Modernism by means of sculptures, objects and installations, completely leaving apart other forms of art. If one made an attempt to define the Modernism in art, one should name such characteristics as: use of new methods and materials, belief in a strong connection between culture and technique, and last but not least, advocating an idea of progress.

Sculptures, objects and installations have been a pretext to test an artistic feedback to the Modernistic tradition, and to search for points in common. This has been a question about the form of new sculpture and the language applied by artists. Is this the same formal language, or has it been modified as a result of contemporary artistic manifestations and individual practices? The exhibition has not merely focused on the search for the familiar language in the contemporary art. It has aspired to show the ways how to transform it, break, and differentiate forms of the contemporary sculpture.

"New Sculpture?", the Zachęta National Art Gallery, Warsaw, March - May 2012.