The Ministry of Culture and National Heritage announced that Sebastian Cichocki, program director of Kronika Gallery in Bytom, will be curator of the Polish Pavilion at the 52nd Venice Biennale of Art. His project, presenting a work by Monika Sosnowska, won a competition organized by the Ministry and the National Gallery of Art "Zacheta."
Sosnowska's project will be an installation under the working title "1:1" the skeleton of a modernist building constructed inside the 1930s Polish Pavilion. Sosnowska's realization is part of a broader debate on the heritage of modernism, which is not limited to architecture, art, and design.
Sebastian Cichocki (b. 1975) is a sociologist, art critic, for many years curator at the Kronika Gallery in Bytom, and since 2006 its program director. Cichocki collaborated with Berlin's Buero Kopernikus and Macedonian Press to Exit, among others. Lecturer in Curatorial Studies at Jagiellonian University in Krakow. Cichocki is the author of more than 200 published texts on contemporary art, translated into English, French, German, Italian, Russian, Latvian, Estonian, Macedonian, and Dutch. His texts were recently published in the books Memorials of Identity. New Media from the Rubell Family Collection, Miami (USA), Das Radio empfiehlt, Bielefelder Kunstverein, (Germany), Ideal City/ Invisible Cities, (Poland/Germany), Raport - Not Announcement, BAK Utrecht (The Netherlands), Muzeum sztuki. Antologia tekstów, Universitas (Poland), among others.
Monika Sosnowska (b. 1972) studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Poznan and Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten in Amsterdam. The artist collaborates with the Foksal Gallery Foundation in Warsaw. Sosnowska is famous for her installations of a labyrinthine character that re-shape the interiors of buildings through optical illusions. In her art, she often refers to the East European experience of post-war modernization in apartment complexes, railway stations, and shopping center. "Secondary" features of architecture are also important to her, such as the then dominant coloristics, and the choice of specific building materials. She often explores fragments of architecture imperfect or ill-conceived. Works by Monika Sosnowska have been shown at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, Serpentine Gallery in London, Foksal Gallery Foundation in Warsaw, The Modern Institute in Glasgow, De Apple in Amsterdam, and OPA in Guadalajara, Mexico, among others. Her works were also presented at the exhibition Display II at the Kronika Gallery in Bytom in March 2006.
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