Apart from the conference, the programme of Jikihitsu. The Signature of the Artist. The Presence of Japanese Tradition in Contemporary Polish Art. offers also a cycle of accompanying events (main exhibition and a few individual shows, butoh performance, educational workshop and artistic performance) with the participation of outstanding artists from Poland, Japan and France. The aim of these events is to present the influence of Japanese tradition, culture, philosophy and aesthetic on contemporary Polish art and to showcase the works of Japanese artists and their inspiration with European culture.
The subject of the exhibitions will be the mutual relations of Polish and Japanese art, illustrated with the examples of creative output of renowned contemporary artists from both countries (as well as a few Polish artists working in France, in “symbiosis“ with Japanese culture and art). The exhibitions will have two parts. The first one will show the reception of Japanese art by contemporary Polish artists and the traces of Polish artists in Japan. The second one will present the works of artists whose creative activities are set between their home tradition of art and culture of the Far East and European influences.
The exhibitions are of interdisciplinary and multimedia character (painting, textile, graphics, drawing, sculpture, installation, photography, film, new media etc.). We’ll be able to see the works executed in traditional painting of graphic techniques (e.g. painting on canvas, panel, paper, or silk, woodcuts, posters, manggha), as well as the new media means of expression (i.a. photographs, video art). We will also admire a large representation of spatial installations, artistic textile and monumental sculptures.
The programme will be enriched by individual shows: an exhibition of illustrations and objects entitled Art of Józef Wilkoń - Japanese Case (The Maria Grzegorzewska University Gallery in cooperation with ARKA Foundation), a video screening and presentation of various materials documenting Krzysztof Wodiczko’s projects carried out in Japan e. g. „Hiroshima“, "Rozbroji" (Profile Foundation), an exhibition of paintings on silk by Joanna Stasiak (Cities of Fish, Piwnica Artystyczna) as well as art therapy workshops with the participation of Masako Takahashi within the framework of her “Hospital Art” activities. The finissage of the main exhibition at the Association of Polish Architects will be further celebrated by the performance of Małgorzata Niespodziewana-Rados and a butoh performance by Anita Zdrojewska and Joanna Sarnecka.
The showcased works of art will illustrate various topics that the conference raises, i.a. definition of space, notion of active emptiness, minimalism, references to Japanese philosophy, spirituality and aesthetic, as well as to the title signature of the artist – jikihitsu, which means the shaping of the creative individuality in the face of influences of the culture and art of the Far East or the other way round – globalisation and Europeanisation.
The participants of the exhibition and the accompanying events are living artists from Poland and Japan, as well as Polish artists living in France – all representing different generations. These are all professional artists who are well known and renowned, in the vast majority having also academic and teaching attainments (lecturing in Poland, Japan and France). They have a strong and lively contact with art, with Japanese artists, traditional Japanese techniques, arts and crafts (e.g. in connection with the artistic residencies or artistic and academic exchange programmes in which they have taken part etc.).
22 May, 14.30 – vernissage: Art of Józef Wilkoń in Japan, exhibition of illustrations and sculpture, The Maria Grzegorzewska University Gallery, Szczęśliwicka 40, 22 May-21 June 2019
2-12 June 2019 – main exhibition “Jikihitsu. The Signature of the Artist”
painting, textiles, graphics, drawing, sculpture, installations, Pavilion of the Association of Polish Architects, Foksal 2, Warsaw
2-15 June 2019 – Joanna Stasiak, Cities of Fish, painting on silk, Piwnica Artystyczna, ul Dewajtis 3, Warsaw
7-14 June 2019 – Krzysztof Wodiczko, show of projects’ documentation performed in Japan, Profile Foundation, Franciszkańska 6, Warsaw
9 June 2019, 13.00 – vernissage: Joanna Stasiak, Cities of Fish, painting on silk, Piwnica Artystyczna, ul Dewajtis 3, Warsaw. Performative concert inspired by Joanna Stasiak’s paintings. Zofia Bartoszewicz - intuitive singing, Igor Buszkowski bass guitar, Jacek Szczepanek sounds collage.
9 June 2019, 19.00 – vernissage: Jikihitsu. The Signature of the Artist – photography, new media, installations, film, video art, Stara Galeria and Galeria Obok ZPAF, pl. Zamkowy 8, Warsaw, 9-21 June 2019
10-12 June 2019 - An international conference: Jikihitsu. The Signature of the Artist. The Presence of Japanese Tradition in Contemporary Polish Art, Pavilion of the Association of Polish Architects, Foksal 2, Warsaw
11 June 2019, 18.00 – official finissage of the main exhibition “Jikihitsu. The Signature of the Artist” with the performance of Małgorzata Niespodziewana-Rados and butoh performance by Anita Zdrojewska and Joanna Sarnecka “Wedding – kekkonshiki. BUTOH on Matsuri. Pavilion of the Association of Polish Architects, Foksal 2, Warsaw
Participants of exhibitions:
Yui Akiyama, Stanisław Baj, Elżbieta Banecka, Mirosław Bałka, Bogna Becker, Toshihiro Hamano, Joanna Hawrot, Tomohiro Higashikage, Atsushi Hosoi, Daisuke Ichiba, Paweł Jasiewicz, Konrad Juściński, Fujioka Keiko & Michiko Sakuma, Maria Kiesner, Hiroo Kikai, Naomi Kobayashi, Shoukoh Kobayashi, Aliska Lahusen, Ewa Latkowska, Monika Masłoń, Rina Matsudaira, Gabriela Morawetz, Grzegorz Mroczkowski, Małgorzata Niespodziewana-Rados, Nonki Nishimura, Stefan Paruch, Małgorzata Paszko, Radosław Predygier, Wiesław Rosocha, Agnieszka Rożnowska, Daniel Rumiancew, Koichi Sato, Michael Schneider, Jarosław Sierek, Joanna Stasiak, Magdalena Świercz-Wojteczek, Masako Takahashi, Emiko Tokushige, Aleksandra Waliszewska, Mieczysław Wasilewski, Józef Wilkoń, Krzysztof Wodiczko, Jakub Woynarowski, Aleksander Woźniak, Joanna Zakrzewska