The exhibition refers to the events of the first “Symposium of the Artists and Scientsts” in Puławy that took place between August and September 1966.

In the mid 1960s. plein-air workshops, symposia or biennales attempted to provide a political opening to contemporary art and issues related to it. The “Symposium of Fine Artists and Scientists” in Puławy was to become an important landmark within the Millennium event. The Symposium of Fine Artists and Scientists in Puławy took place from 2 to 23 August 1966, in Zakłady Azotowe “Puławy” (“Puławy” Nitrogen Plant). The event, which was intended to be a periodic one, was initiated and promoted by an art critic and theoretician, Jerzy Ludwiński.

The founders decided to combine experiences stemming from the earlier Meetings of Artists and Scientists in Osieki and Biennale of Spatial Forms in Elbląg under the slogan of “Art in the Changing World” to reveal the interdependence between science, technology and art, as well as a correlation existing between the creative work of artists and inquiries of theoreticians and scientists.

The brochure for participants emphasised that the Symposium was one of the most important “features of celebrations related to commemorating the 1000th Anniversary of the Polish State”. Being aware of the strategy for PZPR (The Polish United Workers’ Party) actions, we can easily speak about an attempt to appropriate and use artists’ energy to support its own dominant position. The patronage of an industrial plant was to authenticate the mechanism of action for the cultural policy, enable a rapprochement with artists who would often stay in the opposition, and contribute to a positive reception of instrumental moves that had a socialist origin.
The exhibition at the Wrocław Contemporary Museum – “Puławy 66” aims at bringing us closer not really to the mechanism of power, but rather to the vision of the new art, where spontaneity of artists and their works changed the way of thinking about art in Poland and made a creative reference to achievements of the pre-war avantgarde.

The artists: Jerzy Bereś, Włodzimierz Borowski, Feliks Falk, Bronisław Kierzkowski, Grzegorz Kowalski, Edward Krasiński, Liliana Lewicka, Henryk Morel, Andrzej Pawłowski, Teresa Rudowicz, Maciej Szańkowski, Marian Warzecha, Ryszard Winiarski, Krystyn Zieliński, Jan Ziemski.

Special guest: Oskar Dawicki, who will present a performance entitled “The Offering of the Bunker” during the opening of the exposition. He will perform with the ARS CANTANDI choir.