Sculptures – particularly the ones placed in public spaces – provide the audience with probably the most direct access to art. Under the title sCULTURE, Art Market Budapest devotes a special exhibition program to sculptures, in order to popularize this artistic branch among art lovers and collectors, and to supplement the fair’s already complex artistic content with an unusually spectacular element.
Guest of Honor: MAGDALENA ABAKANOWICZ
In 2016, Art Market Budapest welcomes Magdalena ABAKANOWICZ as Guest of Honor. A spectacular, large-scale six-piece artwork titled Mutants is the most prominent work placed in the outdoor sculpture park at the fair location. Magdalena ABAKANOWICZ is one of today’s best-known artists of international significance, particularly among sculptors and artists originating from Eastern Europe. ABAKANOWICZ was born in 1930 in Poland, currently lives and works in Warsaw. Her career started during the Soviet era after she graduated at the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw. The master is known and represented throughout the world by such monumental sculptures as the ones placed in Chicago, Vancouver, Seoul, Washington DC and various other locations.
5 TONS OF SCULPTURE FROM ORONSKO
Introducing the Center of Polish Sculpture in Oronsko at Art Market Budapest 2016
sCULTURE, the special sculpture section and outdoor park at Art Market Budapest is entirely dedicated to the POLISH(ed) guest program introducing a selection of Polish contemporary art in 2016. A spectacularly rich outdoor exhibition was prepared in cooperation with the Center of Polish Sculpture in Orońsko. The show presents a representative collection of monumental sculptures created by 16 Polish artists, including some classics of whom Magdalena ABAKANOWICZ, Guest of Honor at Art Market Budapest 2016 is best known, others representing the top of the mid and youngn generation. The sculptures, objects and interactive installations are figurative and abstract, several of them have been specially designed and created for Art Market Budapest 2016. They illustrate various interpretation trails: ranging from pacifist, ecological, contemplative, utopian, sociological to post-conceptual ones. Adam GARNEK’s Turbine, Krzysztof BEDNARSKI’s Brahmaputra, Maciej ALEKSANDROWICZ’s Look around and Marek ROGULSKI’s Dice are interactive constructions. The artworks were made of various materials: bronze, steel, metal sheet, stainless steel, synthetic resin, and they present a diversity of artistic approaches to the medium of sculpture which is exactly what the goal is at the fair’s sCULTURE section.
The Center of Polish Sculpture in Orońsko is a national cultural institution devoted to sculpture and spatial art. It is situated in a 19th century manor and park complex, a former estate of painter Józef BRANDT. It runs a residency program for artists, and has a collection of 20th and 21st century sculpture, as well as three galleries where over a dozen exhibitions are shown annually complemented by an outdoor Sculpture Park. The Center publishes albums and the quarterly magazine Orońsko, organizes workshops, provides 6 studios and other facilities to visiting artists.
Major events of recent years have included a show by Magdalena ABAKANOWICZ, who created some of her known works here in the 90s. In addition to its guest appearance at Art Market Budapest, the center’s main event in 2016 is a show by Tony CRAGG, one of the leading figures in contemporary sculpture.
Orońsko is the place where many Polish artists – among others Katarzyna KOZYRA, Zbigniew LIBERA, Mirosław BAŁKA, Joanna RAJKOWSKA – made their debuts. Open-air artistic workshops and The Young Triennial – a multimedia project promoting young Polish art – have become vehicles for the development of artistic careers of many of Poland’s artists.
The Center of Polish Sculpture in Orońsko is part of ELAN, a partnership of European sculpture parks together with the Yorkshire Sculpture Park (UK), Italy’s Arte Sella, Germany’s Springhornhof, Sweden’s Wanås and the Gassendi Museum in France. The show presented at Art Market Budapest is also a significant international effort of the Center to present Polish sculpture to a wide global audience.
Magdalena ABAKANOWICZ, Maciej ALEKSANDROWICZ, Krzysztof M. BEDNARSKI, Jan BERDYSZAK and Marcin BERDYSZAK, Tomasz DOMAŃSKI, Adam GARNEK, Robert KAJA, Marta PSZONAK, Marek ROGULSKI, Robert RUMAS, Anna SIEKIERSKA, Łukasz SKĄPSKI, Tomasz SKÓRKA, Maciej SZAŃKOWSKI, Paweł WOCIAL, Kamila TUSZYŃSKA
CURATOR: Eulalia DOMANOWSKA
COLLABORATION: Leszek GOLEC, Jarosław PAJEK
ARRANGEMENT: Henryk GAC
PARTNERS IN BUDAPEST: Gallery Out of Home, Museum Complex