Two things have affected this publication. One is the phenomenon of Józef Robakowski’s Galeria Wymiany, the other the exhibition War State. Works from the Collection of Galeria Wymiany, hosted by the Centre of Contemporary Art Znaki Czasu in Toruń.
Located in a private apartment on the ninth floor of a tower block in Łódź, Exchange Gallery was a “live gallery” from the very beginning; it combined an archive, a collection and a multimedia centre, as well as a place for people to meet and hold discussions, rather than being merely an exhibition space. That was especially true in the 1980s when the gallery was regarded as an important point in the independent art scene with an extended network of contacts, both in Poland and abroad. A private apartment was turned into a venue for private art – a phenomenon resulting from the negation of official forms of artistic life, as well as from the social and political conditions prevailing in the last decade of the People’s Republic of Poland.
2. About a Place for Art – Piotr Lisowski in conversation with Janusz Zagrodzki
3. The Post-modern Garage – Piotr Lisowski in conversation with Józef Robakowski
4. Piotr Lisowski – War State. Expanding the Battlefield
5. Aleksandra Jach – Silent Cinema – a Film and a Situation
6. Wojciech Ciesielski – Peregrination and Kolęda in Polish art
7. Agnieszka Pindera – Prvate Operators
Daria Pysiak, Żaneta Sarnecka
Catalogue editing by
Wojciech Ciesielski, Aleksandra Jach, Piotr Lisowski, Agnieszka Pindera
Paulina Kapelska, Jacek Staniszewski, Monika Ujma, Maciej Pokornowski
Natalia Cieślak, Ian Corkill, Paweł Falkowski, Katarzyna Radomska
Grzegorz Laszuk, K+S
Archiwum Galerii Wymiany
Tytus Szabelski (exhibition views)
Lenders and Copyright
Józef Robakowski, Galeria Wymiany
Centre of Contemporary Art Znaki Czasu
ul. Wały Gen. Sikorskiego 13, 87-100 Toruń
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