Notes From the Future of Art. Selected Writings of Jerzy Ludwińskiwill be of interest to curators, art students and general readers interested in the development of art since 1960s and the crucial contribution of artists and thinkers from Eastern and Central Europe.
This book is the first collection of texts by Jerzy Ludwiński (1930-2000) published in English. Ludwiński was an art historian, critic, curator, founder of the Mona Lisa Gallery and professor in the Academy of Fine Arts. He fulfilled those functions on the peripheries of the state system of his time, activating, in turn, the cultural circles in Lublin, Wrocław, Toruń and Poznań. Within the frames of artistic life established by the authorities of the People’s Republic of Poland, he marked out his own ‘playing field’, where such notions as ‘critic’, ‘curator’, ‘gallery’ and ‘museum’ underwent significant transformation. The models of cultural institutions, created by Ludwiński at the end of the 1960s – Museum of Current Art, Mona Lisa Gallery and Centre for Artistic Research – became not only the places of a particular reflection on art, but also an institutional shelter for the first manifestations of conceptual art in Poland.
Notes from the future of art
Author: Jerzy Ludwinski, Jan Chwalczyk, Charles Esche, Wanda Golkowska, Jaroslaw Kozlowski, Luiza Nader, Pawel Polit, Magdalena Ziolkowska
Van Abbemuseum 2007
Design: Dejan Kršić
Publisher: Veenman Publishers
240 pages, illustrated, hardcover