“Schism: Polish Art of the 1990s”

CCA Ujazdowski Castle

This exhibition argued that now is the time to evaluate Polish art of the 1990s, that enough time has elapsed to allow for critical distance. But how to do this in a constructive, meaningful way? “Schism: Polish Art of the 1990s” took its title from a 1994 volume of poetry by writer and musician Marcin Świetlicki, known for exploring the condition of the individual in Poland following the fall of state socialism with a combination of dark humor and sarcasm. The show, curated by Adam Mazur and impressive in its scope but unnecessarily didactic, drew on the growing discontent with the transformations in Polish society, aiming to expose the gap between Polish art created prior to and after the dissolving of the People’s Republic of Poland and the collapse of the Berlin Wall in 1989. Moreover, this decade was also described in the exhibition brochure in terms of another split, one between

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