Sebastian Cichocki, Kuba Szreder, and Meg Down
Our research project is located in the ongoing, international debate attuned to new institutional models, developed in reference to existing (and plausible) links between public art institutions and their social contexts; a nexus linking art museums, their programs and collections, with various constituencies, groups of users, their needs and political agencies. Our research will examine how this nexus operates using the example of the Bródno Sculpture Park, paradoxically the only permanent site of the Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw, where part of its collection is presented, engrained in the social fabric of a housing district and local community park.
The presentation will focus on the Park as a testing ground to measure the status of an artwork and collection, which deviate from the institutional normative in order to adequately respond to the specificity of social context. The emergent institutional models cater to the current expansion of art practice, redefining the uses of art beyond narrow, modernist frameworks, constituting alternatives to the art market. To illustrate this argument, previously enacted sculptures will be cited as case studies, evaluated as proposals to their users, attuned to their needs and modified as a result of their activities. The research also includes a series of reenactments focused on the potentialities of institutional cooperation and collecting in the public domain—including Rasheed Araeen’s Arctic Circle, an idea loaned from the artist by way of the Van Abbemuseum.
Kuba Szreder is a graduate of sociology at Jagiellonian University (Krakow). In 2015, he was awarded a practice-based PhD from Loughborough University School of the Arts. He works as an independent curator and researcher. In his interdisciplinary projects he carries out artistic and organizational experiments, hybridizing art with other domains of life. In 2009 he initiated Free / Slow University of Warsaw, with which he completed several inquiries into the political economy of contemporary artistic production. Editor and author of several catalogues, readers, book chapters and articles. In his most recent book ABC of Projectariat, he scrutinises economic and governmental aspects of project-making and their impact on an 'independent' curatorial practice.
Sebastian Cichocki is a curator, writer, and art critic. He is chief curator of the Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw and curator of the Sculpture Park in the Warsaw district of Bródno. In the years 2005 to 2008 he was program director of the Contemporary Art Centre in Bytom. Cichocki’s main focus is the conceptual reflection in art, land art, and the book as a form of exhibition. He has curated a number of solo and group exhibitions including Monika Sosnowska’s presentation in the Polish Pavilion at the 52nd, and Yael Bartana at the 54th Venice Biennale. He has produced a number of experimental exhibitions in the form of books, as well as residency programs and staged lectures. Cichocki lives and works in Warsaw.
Meagan Down is an art historian, researcher, and editor. She is a graduate of the University of Melbourne (BA Hons, Art History, 2010) and Deakin University (GDip, Museum Studies, 2014). Since 2014 has collaborated with the Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw. Select projects include After Year Zero: Geographies of Collaboration (exhibition research, publication research), Maria Bartuszová: Provisional Forms (editorial assistance, publication research), and Making Use: Life in Postartistic Times (exhibition research, curatorial collaboration). In 2015, coauthored the Collection Documentation Project (with Katia Szczeka and Agnieszka Wielocha), devoted to conservation-oriented research on the permanent collection at the Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw.