Diana Fiedler

Galeria Foksal

“The PLACE is a sudden gap in the utilitarian approach to the world,” declared the founders of Galeria Foksal in a manifesto in 1967. In her new exhibition, “Double,” Diana Fiedler returned to that utopian statement by covertly acknowledging the gallery’s specific history—an institution devoted to international tendencies in contemporary art such as neo-Constructivism, Minimalism, and Conceptual art. The gallery (not to be confused with its conflicted offspring, the Foksal Foundation) is unique in Eastern Europe for having continued in almost uninterrupted operation for more than forty years as a self-sufficient exhibition space with a distinctive character, having managed to function in successive political climates generally unsympathetic toward experimentation in art. In accord with the conceptual bent of the gallery, Fiedler’s “Double” established a formal continuum with its venue.

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