Living in the Present Future

06.10.2019 - 03.05.2020

Curated by: Marlena Chybowska-Butler, Magda Lewoc, Mathilde Renberg

Artists: Amalie Smith, Aneta Grzeszykowska, Artur Malewski, Emil Westman Hertz, Ewa Juszkiewicz, Izabella Gustowska, Lea Guldditte Hestelund, Peter Frimand, Roman Lipski, SUPERFLEX

Amid a revolution in technological discoveries, both the notions and the definitions of human and humanity are changing faster and more radically than ever before. The Renaissance image of man as benighted beneficiary standing above from the natural world lies buried under the environmental degradation of which humanity is known to be the cause.


Twarze/Faces. Katarzyna Kozyra & Katarzyna Szumska

26.04.2018 - 01.07.2018

Curated by: Magdalena Lewoc, Marlena Chybowska-Butler

Artists: Katarzyna Kozyra, Katarzyna Szumska

Over the past few years, the artists have worked intensively together as part of Kozyra's original projects – during the "Looking for Jesus" artistic researches in Israel and on the film "Winter Tale", a fairy story set at the Cinema Theatre in Michałowice, near Jelenia Góra, of which Szumska is co-founder. The exhibition at the National Museum in Szczecin for the first time present Kozyra’s multi-channel video installation "Faces" (2006) in tandem with paintings from Szumska's extended cycle "Portraits in Suspension" (launched in 2013).


Secret Blackness of Milk

09.02.2017 - 04.06.2017

Curated by: Magdalena Lewoc

Artists: Antoni Karwowski

The Secret Blackness of Milk exhibition is an attempt to outline the field of activity of Antoni Karwowski, an artist who has cultivated performance art since the genre broke free from other avant-garde trends to establish itself in the 1970s. The exhibition presents the early, anti-systemic performative actions undertaken by Karwowski in collaboration with Zbigniew Oleszyński (as Group A) in the Communist era (1970s-1980s), as well as selected projects and performance series carried out individually that followed in the 1990s and continue to the present day. It traces the shift in locus of his performances from intervention and social actions to self-knowledge through the creative working of memory and personal experiences. 


Art of Action – The Moment and the Passage of Time

09.02.2017 - 10.02.2017

Curated by: Marlena Chybowska-Butler, Magdalena Lewoc

Artists: Antoni Karwowski, Artur Tajber , Artur ”Arti” Grabowski, Boris Nieslony , Ralf Filges, Stephan Us

Among the most ephemeral genres of contemporary art, performance raises questions about the nature of the work itself and the manner of its documentation. Nevertheless, performance art exhibitions in a museum setting are increasing in number and museums continue to add works to their collections. A Polish-German conference, Art of Action – The Moment and the Passage of Time, examines performance art in this theoretical context and the consequences that result from its documentation and treatment.


Density of Destiny

07.06.2016 - 25.09.2016

Curated by: Marlena Chybowska-Butler

Artists: Agata Michowska

The title of the project by Agata Michowska, Density of Destiny, is a play on words that refers to seemingly distant concepts designated by the word’s dual meaning. Density, a physical property of matter, is combined with destiny, a concept of existential experience. Typical to Michowska, the title at the same time suggests the way of constructing her artistic message. Its power is based on seemingly incompatible qualities. Analytical precision and formal rigor is accompanied by aesthetic sensuality and the high emotional temperature of the project’s contents.