A museum is often associated with boredom and fatigue, as visitors usually feel compelled to see all of the objects on display rather than enjoy art. This is confirmed by studies demonstrating that a statistical visitor spends eight seconds in front of each artwork. The Slow Art movement emerged ss a result of objection to this hasty type of consumption of exhibitions. This year, Wroclaw Contemporary Museum is joining the action, and specially invited guests will convince the visitors that art can be both accessible and exciting.

A hurried tour of exhibitions does not inspire, stated the creators of the Slow Art Day and proposed a completely different approach to art consumption. This day museums around the world invite you to have a “slow” look at five artworks selected from their collections. The art lovers inform about the pieces, thus helping the visitors to reflect on the meaning and message of the selected objects. When the visit is finished, all the participants can meet in a café and have an informal chat about their impressions and exchange their opinions.

Wrocław Contemporary Museum has invited five exceptional people – artist, architect, film expert, anthropology student and art historian – who together will guide a tour around the exhibition of artworks displayed in spaces not typical of “traditional” museum. Instead of just telling the story behind the artworks, they will suggest discussion topics related to the presented objects. The issues that will be tackled during the meeting will include implementation of works of art in public space, new media and artistic post-war situation in Wroclaw.

The tour will start at the entrance to the museum, where participants will have a look at the “The Hourglass” piece by Stanislaw Dróżdż located on the facade of the shelter. Then, in the Beautiful Tube space there will be a screening of “The Weavers” a video by Anna Molska. Then the participants will focus on the secret CIA base in the context of Allan Sekula’s work. On the fifth floor they will consider the importance of the “Es beginnt in Breslau” neon by Rafal Jakubowicz and then the artist Martin Harlender will have a talk about the process of creating his own work on display at Wrocław Contemporary Museum. The Slow Art Day tour will end with a discussion in a cafe on the roof of the museum.

Selected artwork:
Allan Sekula, „CIA black site seen from the bushes”, Kiejkuty, Poland, July, 2009, c-print, 76,2 x 76,2 cm, ed.2/5; collection of Wrocław Contemporary Museum.

Anna Molska, „The Weavers”, 2009, video, 12,04 min, collection of Wrocław Contemporary Museum.

Stanisław Dróżdż, „The Hourglass” , concept: Dróżdż, 1968; executive project by Roman Rutkowski; mural on the elevation of the temporary seat of Wrocław Contemporary Museum; from the collection of the Lower Silesian Society for the Encouragement of Fine Arts.

Marcin Harlender, “White Lines”, 2004, 9 found objects: suitcase, frying pan, bottom of a wicker basket, bag, felt tile, wooden cutting board in three parts, piece of metal sheet, fragment of a number plates from the collection of the Lower Silesian Society for the Encouragement of Fine Arts.

Rafał Jakubowicz, „Es beginnt in Breslau”, 2008, white neon, 20x130x9cm, from the collection of the Lower Silesian Society for the Encouragement of Fine Arts