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Exercises in Freedom

Autonomy of art and political utopias: The Polish art scene of the 1960s and 70s is characterized by a unique diversity, whose free development was barely hindered by the state. Through examining its own modernist tradition and contact with artistic movements in the West, a conceptual art scene on an international level developed that has remained nearly unknown in Germany until today. In cooperation with the Archiv der Avantgarden, the Kupferstich-Kabinett is presenting important stages, from the beginnings to the imposition of martial law in 1981. The spectrum ranges from positions that analyze language and images to positions critical of society and institutions, all of which are presented in the new publication.

Artists: Włodzimierz Borowski, Andrzej Dłużniewski, Stanislaw Dróżdż, Barbara Kozłowska, Jarosław Kozłowski, KwieKulik, Natalia LL, Roman Opałka, Ewa Partum, Józef Robakowski, Ryszard Waśko, Krzysztof Wodiczko und andere


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"Exercises in Freedom"

July 2018

ISBN 978-3-7356-0494-1

17,00 x 24,00 cm

128 Pages

77 colored and 173 b/w illustrations

Softcover, bound

Languages: German, English


Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden
Björn Egging

Text by
Björn Egging, Pawel Polit
Design by
Polina Bazir, Bielefeld

Exercises in Freedom. Polish conceptual art 1968–1981 in cooperation with the Archiv der Avantgarden, 29.6.-23.9.2018, Kupferstich-Kabinett Dresden