Due to the government’s decision to close cultural institutions, we had to change the formula of the Wrocław 70/20/70 series – instead of guided tours, we are going to live stream a lecture on the website facebook.com/MuzeumWspolczesne.
The meeting of artists, critics and art theorists held in Wrocław 50 years ago under the name The Wrocław ’70 Visual Arts Symposium became a landmark event in many respects, directing the various new ways of thinking about art in the 1960s towards a new quality. For the first time on such a scale, the Wrocław symposium gave artists from all over Poland a chance to propose concepts, projects and interventions in various locations outside the very centre of the city. Architects, city planners, workers and local production plants were involved in the event, and the artists’ projects were supposed to symbolically link the territory that belonged to Germany before the war to the rebuilding of Poland, in accordance with the vision of the then state and city authorities.

To what extent do the needs identified by the artists in 1970 remain relevant? How has thinking about the city changed over the last 50 years? How has Wrocław changed? What challenges are we facing in 2020? What awaits us in the future? What role can art play in the urban ecosystem?

The Wrocław 70/20/70 series is a pretext for starting a discussion about our city from three time perspective – 1970, when the Wrocław ‘70 Visual Arts Symposium was organised, the present time, and future plans for 2070. Each part will focus on a different subject: art in public space, ecology, urban planning and architecture. The guided tours will be connected with the regular cycle of Sunday family workshops. One of the tasks for the participants will be to design a guidebook for future Wrocław residents.
During the last meeting, we will look at the Symposium through the eyes of Izabela Mironowicz – a practicing urban planner and specialist in the field of planning systems, who focuses on the functioning, transformation and future of cities, with particular emphasis on European cities and Daria Kieżun – president of the Wrocław Branch of the Association of Polish Architects.
The Sunday Family Workshop will be part of the Wrocław 70/20/70 series. The task of the participants will be to design a Guidebook for future Wrocław residents.
The Wrocław 70/20/70 series is part of the educational activities programme marking the 50th anniversary of the Wrocław ‘70 Visual Arts Symposium and the Wrocław 70/20 Symposium – a grassroots programme of celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Wrocław ‘70 Visual Arts Symposium. 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.