Warsaw

View of “Piotr Łakomy,” 2019. Background, from left: Fenix (03), 2012–19; Fenix (01), 2012–19; Fenix (04), 2012–19. Foreground: Fenix (02), 2012–19.

View of “Piotr Łakomy,” 2019. Background, from left: Fenix (03), 2012–19; Fenix (01), 2012–19; Fenix (04), 2012–19. Foreground: Fenix (02), 2012–19.

Piotr Lakomy

Avant-Garde Institute

Piotr Łakomy’s conceit for his solo exhibition “Fenix” was simple: What would it be like to share a studio with Edward Krasiński? Since the renowned Conceptual artist died in 2004 and Łakomy’s studio is nearly two hundred miles away, in the Polish city of Poznań, this meant creating a provisional and highly symbolic cohabitation at the Avant-Garde Institute, which organized the show in collaboration with Warsaw’s Galeria Stereo. Established by the Foksal Gallery Foundation the year of Krasiński’s death, the Avant-Garde Institute preserves his studio apartment and makes the collection of works it contains—which he arranged between 1988 and 2002—available to the public. Krasiński famously shared this studio in a nondescript tower block with, and eventually inherited it from, Henryk Stazėwski, a leading protagonist of the historical avant-garde of the 1920s and 1930s, who, among other

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