Anda Rottenberg about the exhibition
In English the word void denotes an unused place, but also an unoccupied space. In practical usage, void is an occasional notion: a place, once occupied, was at some moment emptied, but soon it will be occupied again. Like on a plane, a train or a tramway: one person gets off and another gets on. This notion may also serve as an allegory, referring to geographic sites in which a quick exchange of population took place. In the 20th century the most violent and mass “relocation of population” started with World War II. As a result of “eliminations”, relocations and racial prejudice the ethnic structure of several regions of Poland during World War II, among them the Sądeckie region changed completely. One is reminded of the former ethnic polyphony of this region by a large open air ethnographic museum, by the Galician Town, built next to it, and by occasional festivals. The present exhibition has a similar goal.
Anda Rottenberg – art historian and critic, educated in Warsaw University. Employed (among others) in the Polish Academy of Sciences 1973-1986; founder of the EGIT Art Foundation, 1986, Soros Center of Contemporary Art, 1992, Institute of Art Promotion Foundation, 1997. Director of Zacheta National Art Gallery in Warsaw 1993–2001; visiting consultant in the Museum of Modern Art, New York 2001–2002; President of the Program Advisory board and the Program Director of the Warsaw Art Museum 2005-2007.
As of 1980 curator and co-curator of numerous Polish and international exhibitions i.e. I Kwanju Biennale, South Korea; Aspects–Positions 1949–1999, 50 Years of Art in Middle Europe (Vienna–Budapest–Barcelona–Birmingham 2000); L'Autre Moitie de l'Europe (Galerie Nationale du Jeu de Paume 2000/2001, Paris); Where is Abel, Thy Brother, Zachęta Gallery, Warsaw, 1995; Forgetting, Weseburg Museum, Bremen, 2000; Continental Breakfast, Belgrade 2004; Warsaw–Moscow, Zachęta Gallery, Warsaw/Tretiakowskaya Gallery Moscow, 2004/2005. Side by side. Poland–Germany. 1000 years of art and history, Berlin 2011
Member of the 1st Manifesta board of and a member of the selection committee of Documenta 12; host curator of the Polish Pavilions at the Venice Biennale 1993–2001 and the Sao Paolo Biennale since 1997.
Author of the numerous text on art translated on most of European as well as Japanese and Korean languages; popular books on art, recently: concise history of Polish art Sztuka w Polsce 1945–2005 (Art in Poland 1945–2005, 2005); Prze-ciąg. Teksty o sztuce polskiej lat 80. (Draught. Texts on Polish art of 80‘s, 2009) and the biographical book Proszę bardzo (Here you are, 2009).
Currently teacher at the Media and Stage Design Faculty of the Warsaw Art Academy; freelance art writer and curator.