“Exhibition Pavilion”

What is the role of a curator today? What kind of theoretical and practical tools does he or she employ to construct exhibitions and art projects? What kind of models of practices do we identify among professionals? What is performative curating? Those are merely several of many detailed issues that concern the contemporary role of curator, constituting at the same time an introduction to the professionalization of the research on the phenomenon of artistic production as seen from the perspective of project management. To provide an answer to those and other questions Bunkier Sztuki Gallery has launched a new multifunctional space – the “Exhibition Pavilion” (PW) – situated in-between two main exhibition spaces. Its name refers directly to the one present on the building’s façade, which was given it by the Gallery’s architect, Krystyna Tołłoczko-Różyska in 1965.

The “Pavilion” is not merely an exhibition space. It is also a venue for workshops, discussion panels, seminars and meetings of open reading groups reflecting on models and strategies of curating, the history of exhibition practice, the theory and practice of formulating narratives in exhibition space, as well as on intellectual property rights. The Pavilion is dedicated both to professionals (art critics, curators, cultural scholars, architects, educators, designers, and artists) as well as to students of various fields and all those interested in learning about and analysing mechanisms of institutions, the collaboration between curator, artist, and art critic both historically as well as in the present. We would like our diversified programme of events to include also the organisation powerbase as well as its connections with theoretical frameworks of exhibitions which up to now have been in the centre of attention. Our main goal is to professionalise the contexts of knowledge about the work of curator and the work of cultural institution in international perspective, as well as to start collaboration with other institutions that have extensive experience in working with projects that move beyond the established patterns and exhibition models.

The interior design of the “Pavilion” by the Krakow-based studio BudCud (Mateusz Adamczyk, Agata Woźniczka) facilitates multiplicity of functions and transformable nature of space required for its diverse purposes. The mezzanine overlooks the information board and a specialised library of Polish and international publications on curatorial practices. The reading room is divided from exhibition space with a Wi-Fi access space with working area that can be used on occasion of meetings or workshops by a larger number of participants.

The launch of “Exhibition Pavilion” is also a symbolic continuation of important conferences that problematised the way the institution works, which took place in 2002 – “Four voices (ad hoc). Gallery: dissection of discourse” and “Polyphony of Voices.” Following this historical trace, we would like the Pavilion to become a futurist workshop facilitating the creation of new artwork formats and the exchange of reflections from corresponding field of at and science.

In 2016, the invited guests of the Gallery will include Binna Choi (CASCO, Utrecht), Ann Demeester (Frans Hals Museum, Haarlem), Maria Hlavajova (basis voor actuele kunst, Utrecht), Alexander Koch (KOW, Berlin) and Aneta Szyłak (Alternativa Foundation, Gdańsk).

The space is open during the Gallery’s opening hours.

project: Grupa BudCud, photo: Jarosław Matla