In 2020 we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Wrocław ‘70 Visual Arts Symposium – one of the most important turning points in Poland’s post-war art history, which was the first large-scale event in Wrocław that enabled artists to put forward concepts, designs and interventions for various locations, including those outside the very city centre. Architects, urban planners, workmen, local production plants, and especially ordinary users of the city space were involved in the project.
The Symposium 70/20 educational programme was created with the intention of popularising this unique undertaking and communicating the assumptions and ideas developed in 1970 to today’s inhabitants of Wrocław. We have prepared a diverse set of user-friendly educational materials, thematic tours of the New Normativity. Wrocław ’70 Visual Arts Symposium exhibition, walks focused on architecture and urban planning, and workshops with artists.
FRAMEWORK TO BE FILLED. GUIDED TOURS FOCUSING ON ARCHITECTURE AND URBAN PLANNING
The spaces chosen by the artists as the sites for their works in 1970 underwent dynamic urban and architectural transformations after the war. As part of the cycle, we will follow the trail of post-war architecture – the framework for the Symposium projects. The series called Invisible Manhattan, consisting of four walks addressed especially to blind people, will provide an opportunity for a conversation about the various possibilities of experiencing the architecture and space of the city.
19.09.20, 11 AM
Guided tour of Przedmieście Świdnickie
Led by: Michał Duda, Agata Iżykowska-Uszczyk
10.10.20, 11 AM
Guided tour of southern Wrocław
led by: Joanna Majczyk, Agata Iżykowska-Uszczyk
24.10.20, 11 AM
Guided tour of Plac Gruwnaldzki
Led by: Łukasz Wojciechowski, Agata Iżykowska-Uszczyk
The cycle is a pretext to look back on the history of our city, but also to discuss its present time, in particular the role of art in public space, and to reflect on possible scenarios for the future. Each part will concern a different thematic area: art in public space, ecology, urban planning, and architecture, and will consist of thematic tours of the New Normativity exhibition and family workshops. One of the tasks of the participants will be to design a Tour Guide for Future Residents of Wrocław
13.09.20, 4 PM
Art in public space
Moderator: Zbigniew Makarewicz
4.10.20, 4 PM
Moderator: Aleksandra Zienkiewicz
8.11.20, 4 PM
Moderator: Roman Rutkowski
6.12.20, 4 PM
Moderator: Izabela Mironowicz
We would especially like to invite the closest neighbours of MWW, i.e. the residents of the Szczepin housing estate, to participate in this series. It will consist of four workshops with Jerzy Kosałka, a well-known artist from Wrocław and an inhabitant of Szczepin, which will be an opportunity to creatively express local problems as well as their possible solutions. In this way, it will be possible to find out personally what the actions of the artists involved in the Symposium consisted of.
The workshops will be held on four consecutive Saturdays, from 26 September to 17 October, from 4 to 7 p.m.
EDUCATIONAL KIT. IT BEGINS IN WROCŁAW
The Symposium in a Nutshell, the Symposium Map and the Plans of Activities have been designed to reach a wide audience with the assumptions and ideas developed in 1970. What were the artists’ works actually supposed to look like and in which parts of Wrocław were they going to be located? You can find out in the specially prepared Map of the Wrocław ‘70 Visual Arts Symposium. If you want to know more about what exactly happened 50 years ago, read The Symposium in a Nutshell. The Plans of Activities, which are always based on practical work, include seven plans of approximately one-hour workshops in smaller and larger groups.
EDUCATIONAL KIT. HOW TO USE IT?
This is a video conversation with the authors of the kit, who answered Agata Iżykowska-Uszczyk’s questions about its constituent parts, ways of using them, and especially about working with the plans of educational activities. The authors of the materials presented activities that can be carried out on the basis of the kit: workshops, walks and other ideas.
The educational activities are part of the programme created by the Symposium 70/20 working group, made up of people participating in culture, representatives of various institutions and industries.
Information about all the events held in connection with the celebration of the Wrocław 70/20 Symposium Year will soon be available at: www.sympozjum7020.pl.
Wrocław 70/20 Symposium is a working group, which currently numbers about 70 members involved in the celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Symposium. This diverse group consists of curators and critics, artists and educators, academics and organisers, activists and culture managers. They represent various forms of activity – some of them are associated with museums, galleries and cultural institutions with a long tradition, while other cooperate with recently established non-governmental organisations or independent artistic collectives. Everyone has contributed their own vision of the Symposium to the discussion.
Due to the ongoing pandemic, the relevant recommendations apply during all the events >>>
* Admission to all events is free of charge.
** The maximum number of participants is limited for each event. Registration forms will be available on the websites of individual events.
Current information about the Symposium 70/20 programme can be found at:
— Ładne Historie Foundation,
— Heart of Szczepin Association,
— Wrocław Film Foundation,
— Social Welfare Centre in Wrocław.
Co-financed by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage from the Culture Promotion Fund, financed from surcharges for the games under state monopoly, in accordance with art. 80(1) of the Act on Gambling of 19 November 2009.
The exhibition New Normativity is part of the Wrocław 70/20 Symposium – a grassroots programme celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Wrocław ’70 Visual Arts Symposium.
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