The Night of the Great Season

19 February – 11 May 2014, Kunsthalle Mulhouse, Centre d'Art Contemporain

By Barbara Piwowarska

Agnieszka Polska, Arton 1, 2010. Courtesy the artist and ŻAK | BRANICKA, Berlin Alina Szapocznikow, Autoportrait II, 1966. © the artist. Courtesy the artist, Piotr Stanislawski and Galerie Loevenbruck, Paris Bruno Schulz, Groteska. Kataryniarz na podwórku, 1936. Courtesy Emanuel Ringelblum Jewish Historical Institute Museum, Warsow

For a Polish art historian, seeing Polish Surrealism and neo-Surrealism at a Kunsthalle located in a former foundry in postindustrial Mulhouse, Alsace, might be compared to an exotic accident while on the Grand Tour: a surreal chance encounter of sorts. The Night of the Great Season is a bold show, juxtaposing a limited selection of well-known Polish avantgarde and neo-avant-garde artists (Tadeusz Kantor, Erna Rosenstein, Bruno Schulz, Alina Szapocznikow) with three artists of the current generation (Tomasz Kowalski, Agnieszka Polska,…

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