A lecture from the Bydgoszcz Academy of Art cycle.
The phenomenon of Polish social and artistic life of the 1980s was the movement of independent culture, a phenomenon without precedent in the history of not only our country. It brought about an extremely important closeness of audiences and artists; it resulted in exceptional visual exhibitions and activities, conversations and discussion in the studios of artists, homes of supporters of the “Solidarity”, in churches and parish buildings, in various public spaces. The lecture will about how in this special time people managed to present art that was free, courageous, arousing hope, creating new content, values, experiences and impressions. One of the forms of these shows were the legendary “suitcase exhibitions”.
Jerzy Brukwicki (1945) – art critic, curator of exhibitions, journalist. Long-standing head of the “Pokaz” Critics’ Gallery in Warsaw. In the 1980s, the author of dozens of independent exhibitions, such as Polish Pieta, A Time of Sadness, A Time of Hope, Presence, Against Evil, Against Violence. Organised individual exhibitions for Tadeusz Brzozowski, Wojciech Kołyszko, Paweł Kowalewski, Jerzy Medyński, Antoni Rodowicz, Ryszard Stryjecki, Andrzej Wajda and others, graphics art of “Solidarity”. Editor and publisher of the independent culture magazine “Wybór”, the editor of the underground magazine “Przegląd Wiadomości Agencyjnych” (PWA), collaborated with publishing houses NOWA, Przedświt, Pokolenie.
Bydgoszcz Academy of Art
20 Gdańska St.