“I would not like anyone to convince us that these are experimental things, because they are old things.”*
On the socio-political contexts of the Wrocław ‘70 Visual Arts Symposium.
Lecture by Małgorzata Miśniakiewicz.
 
 
The approaches to the Wrocław ‘70 Visual Arts Symposium seem to be stretched between distant points of reference, emphasising the ephemeral character of the undertaking on the one hand, and the ambitions to redevelop Wrocław’s urban fabric on the other; the simultaneous impossibility of and perversity towards modelling monuments marking the anniversary of returning the Western Borderlands to Poland. From the perspective of the featured art, the Symposium appears to be a melting pot combining different visions of the social role of art and possibilities of its existence. The aim of this lecture is to set an interpretative perspective focusing on the relationship between politics and aesthetics while taking into account the socio-political context of the event. The categories of politicalness and the avant-garde, of key importance to the Symposium, will be interpreted in relation to the ideologised mechanisms of propaganda and power in order to consider contemporary patterns that organise our thinking about such relationships.
 
 
Dr Małgorzata Miśniakiewicz is a curator, researcher, art historian and academic lecturer (Courtauld Institute of Art).
 
 
The lecture is part of the public programme accompanying the New Normativity exhibition. More information >>>
 
 
The lecture is part of the public programme accompanying the New Normativity exhibition. The exhibition was 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. Purchase of works for the MWW collection was co-financed by the Minister of Culture and National Heritage from the Culture Promotion Fund.

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