Adam Rzepecki, The old Rzepecki looks at the young Rzepecki


The exhibition at Bunkier Sztuki is the first such comprehensive Kraków showcase of Adam Rzepecki’s works. By and large, its character is retrospective, as seen in the two-part structure.

The first part, placed in the ground floor spaces, presents the works (mainly photographs) which were taken for the most part in the 1970s and 1980s. They form several groups that explore such topics as for instance: formal experiments with the photographic medium, performance-related experiences, ironic reflection on the artist’s status, dialoguing with other artists’ achievements, artistic freedom, the flourishing of Pitch-In Culture art group and the division between male and other art.

This section is complemented by works of other artists (“Łódź Kaliska” group, Andrzej Różycki, Marek Janiak, Jacek Kryszkowski, Zbigniew Libera, SEM group, Anastazy Wiśniewski, Ryszard Grzyb, Tibor Várnagy, Piotr Lutyński and the poet Miłosz Biedrzycki) who have influenced Adam Rzepecki’s output or play a major part in his biography. This annex situates his oeuvre in the broader context of Polish art.

The other part of the exhibition, staged on the Gallery’s first floor, is chiefly a personal story stemming from the artist’s plight – the illness he went through and recovered from. These trying experiences have brought him a deeper understanding of life through the lens of the universe and eternity, which has been manifested in his latest artworks.

The title the exhibitions bears – The old Rzepecki looks at the young Rzepecki – is at the same time the title of a sculpture created for this very occasion. In the exhibition, the artist recapitulates his life and work. He adopts an interesting strategy that involves him appearing as two characters. The mature artist meets the young one and shows that by now all that the boy sensed the adult knows.

 

Adam Rzepecki (b. 1962)

He practises painting, photography, video art, performance and installations. Between 1973 and 1979 he studied art history at Jagiellonian University in Kraków. Since 1979 he has been a member of the art group Łódź Kaliska and since 1990 of Stacja Pi.Stacja. Between 1978 and 1981 he ran Jaszczurowa Galeria Fotografii in Kraków. He co-created “Kultura Zrzuty” (Pitch-in Culture). His works are in the collections of Ujazdowski Castle in Warsaw, National Museum in Kraków, Muzeum Sztuki in Łódź and Sammlung Verbund in Vienna.

 

From 19 May till 2 August the whole exhibition will be open. From 21 August till 18 October only part of the exhibition in the Lower Gallery can be seen.

 

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