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Habima Fuchs, Pratyupanna (Multiplication of the Present), 2014, ceramic, wooden table, dimensions variable.


“Modest Muses”

The Tatra Museum
ul. Krupówki 10
December 5–January 11

Exhibitions rarely emerge from their locations as playfully as this. Zakopane, a city in the Polish Tatra Mountains, is famous for its daring local artists Stanisław Witkiewicz and Władysław Hasior. Currently covered in snow, the city is now the host of this sensual, bold show. It begins with slides taken in the 1970s and ’80s by Hasior, who is known for his intrepid assemblage installations. The images often depict the aesthetically challenging sources of his inspiration—such as lopsided fences, an accumulation of chairs, and bread loaves (the latter featured directly in several of his pieces). The show takes off from here to present works with a Surrealist twist, as in Habima Fuchs’s Pratyupanna (Multiplication of the Present), 2014—an animalistic ceramic sculpture that reaches towards the audience with a sea anemone–like set of tentacles.

Curated by Kasia Redzisz, “Modest Muses” spans the Tatra Museum’s garden and seven wood-paneled rooms. Jos de Gruyter and Harald Thys offer Untitled (Objects as Friends), 2010–11, a gathering of carefully staged photographic still lives of various everyday objects, which artists have collected over the years. It echoes Geta Brătescu’s film The Studio, 1978, which she shot in her atelier. The voiceover in Mark Leckey’s video Prop4Ashw, 2010–13, can be heard across several rooms, strengthening the feeling that the show is indeed “populated by things,” as the Leckey video proclaims, “that have one foot in this world and one in another.”