AVANT-GARDE PROTOTYPES

Katarzyna Kobro. Kompozycja przestrzenna (4) [Spatial composition (4)], 1929. Oil and metal 40 x 64 x 40 cm. Muzeum Sztuki, Lódz.

 

 

Wladyslaw Strzeminski (Minsk, November 21, 1893-Lódz, December 28, 1952) was a renowned Polish avant-garde artist. Towards the decade of the 1920s he built his particular theory of "unism" which was of great help to musician and composer Zygmunt Krauze. He also stands out as co-creator of the avant-garde art collection of "Lord" collected by the "a.r" collective. After the war he dedicated himself to teaching, teaching plastic arts and design.

 

 

Photo of Wladyslaw Strzeminski and Katarzyna Kobro

 

 

Katarzyna Kobro (January 26, 1898 in Moscow - February 21, 1951 in Lódz) The other half of this duo was a Polish sculptress of Latvian, Russian and German origin. Her great strength was to embrace constructivism, leaving aside such currents as individualism, subjectivism or expressionism. Its most marked objective was always the construction of the abstract work cemented on the pillars of experimentation and analysis. Her sculpture conceptualizes the infinite space, taking as reference the origin of the system by coordinates.

 

 

Work of Wladyslaw Strzeminski

 


At the beginning of the twentieth century, both married and created the perfect symbiosis to materialize their concept of art in those circumstances. A revolution was being woven and they wanted to be part of it. With this exhibition, his curator, Jaroslaw Suchan, director of the Muzeum Sztuki w ?odzi and in collaboration with the Polish Institute of Culture of Madrid want to make known the work of these two lovers of neoplasticism, the Bauhaus and constructivism, movement of which they are Considers precursors in Poland.

 

 

Wladyslaw Strzeminski, Neoplastic Room, Muzeum Sztuki in Lódz, Poland, 1946 #lodz

 

 

Radicalization and transgression are his personal trademarks and for this reason, with the "Avant-garde Prototypes" the Reina Sofía Art Center Museum together with the Muzeum Sztuki w Lodzi and Museum have hosted this great exhibition that can be enjoyed until September 18, 2017 in The Sabatini Building.

 

 

 

Among the specialised professional profiles that we find in the cultural sector, and more specifically, in the field of visual arts, one of the most recent occupations is that of the curator. The ‘80s put attention on the role of the artist, with its innovative character and the enhancement of its figure as an essential articulator of creative proposals, while the end of the century moved the interest towards the exhibition centres themselves and their work as custodians of current production and as spaces to accommodate all proposals. The change of millennium strongly introduced in this panorama the role of the curator. Perhaps together with a social identity crisis, perhaps with the complexity that contemporary projects are currently acquiring, the need for building, articulating and delving into artistic discourses became evident.

Although the functions entrusted to this profession are not entirely new, since previously they belonged to conservatives, critics or experts according to the themes, the role has gained solidity because it combines all these purposes while allowing the specialisation of other professionals in their fields of competence. Now, as some curators themselves point out, the genuine spirit of this figure, who was born to facilitate the understanding of the discourse, create narratives within a sometimes chaotic and scattered context, mediate between the works and the spectator and create bridges between contemporary art and society.

The art of our day raises a multitude of unknowns for the visitor who must face proposals many times away from the aesthetic standards, which gives way to uncertainty and confusion; but, in turn, these works employ a closer language, materials and even compositions detached from the sophistication and the technical display of yesteryear, something that, far from favouring proximity to the message, generates some distancing. What we have just described is part of the very essence of current art. The questioning of the formalist guidelines and the recourse to tangible elements that are more utilitarian than embellishing are the new criteria of creation, where, above all, the message to be conveyed stands out.

Likewise, another inherent characteristic of the work of our time is the artists' concern for more immediate themes, for social, political and economic issues that seek to create a narrative and conceptual revulsion, leaving behind the aesthetic priority or, rather, making of the message its own aesthetic. In this context, strange as it may seem, contemporary creation encounters a linguistic barrier hindering the viewer's understanding. And to this circumstance, the abundant current production is added, covering a wide range of themes that are nothing more than a transcript of our diverse and globalised society.

The curator helps to facilitate this understanding by articulating a coherent discourse that allows the grouping of related ideas to set up the message. This requires to have an in-depth knowledge of the current state of the art, the lines of work of the creators, the most recent aesthetic proposals and the real demands of society to bridge the dialogue and allow the approach to art. If art deals with the same issues that concern us all, how can we not share its postulates? Cultural mediation requires the work of the curators to open a small window for reflection and to enable a space for exchange and idea generation. We share the thought that José Guirao expressed in a recent interview: "The curator is someone who reveals something new, and it would be a mistake for curators to become managers."

Understood this way curator’s role, many institutions have joined the trend of creating specific calls for new professionals to give light to their proposals. Let us remember, as an example, the call "Unpublished" of La Casa Encendida, or "Curator wanted", of the Community of Madrid or the call of Curating of La Caixa.