Nature in Art
26.04 – 29.09.2019
MOCAK Museum of Contemporary Art in Krakow
Opening date: 25.4.2019 at 6 pm
Mankind is the only species on Earth to have mastered nature. For thousands of years, this was a domination of the predators rejoicing in their power. Fortunately, human beings began to develop empathy in relation to nature; they recognised its pain, sensitivity and beauty. Some hundred years ago the reflection came that the existence of the human species depends closely on the state of the natural environment. Exploitation of nature gradually shifted towards seeking a balance. This slow process says a lot about our species. No wonder that it has also become an important forum of artistic commentary.
At the exhibition “Nature in Art” we show contemporary works of more than 70 artists from many countries, in techniques ranging from painting, photography and video to object and installation. The exhibition has been divided into five parts: beauty, ecology, confrontation, matter and symbol.
In works related to beauty artists eternalise picturesque views, imitate processes that take place in nature, evoke the sensation of being in the presence of nature and provide scope for the contemplation of its perfection. Ecology focuses on concern for the predicament of the natural environment, and action on behalf of the preservation of nature but also apocalyptic vis. Confrontation revolves around the clash – or integration – of the artist with the forces of nature, human endeavours to face up to its challenge and comparing their respective strengths as well as making nature part of the creative process. Matter relies on the artists employing organic elements and creating representations that rely on accurate rendition of the structure and expression of the given surface. Symbol predominantly refers to representations of animals that illustrate human stances and characteristics.
Basia Bańda, Kuba Bąkowski, Krzysztof M. Bednarski, Vaughn Bell, Michalina Bigaj, Julius von Bismarck, Blue Republic, Rafał Borcz, Guido Casaretto, Maurizio Cattelan, Julian Charrière, Tatiana Czekalska / Leszek Golec, Dawid Czycz, Oskar Dawicki, Wim Delvoye, Elmas Deniz, Jan Fabre, Julian Fałat, Lauren Fensterstock, Vibha Galhotra, Isa Genzken, Maya Gold, Trevor Gould, Nicolas Grospierre / Olga Mokrzycka-Grospierre, Nilbar Güreş, Tomohiro Higashikage, Weronika Izdebska, Rolf Julius, Ewa Juszkiewicz, Ania Kanicka, Felix Kiessling, Fabian Knecht, Azade Köker, Bartosz Kokosiński, Wojciech Kopczyński, Juliusz Kosin, Grzegorz Kozera, Agata Kus, Rebecca Louise Law, Sarah Lucas, Piotr Lutyński, Krzysztof Maniak, Małgorzata Markiewicz, Teresa Murak, Julian Opie, Meret Oppenheim, Witek Orski, Javier Perez, Dorota Podlaska, Henri Rousseau, Deborah Sengl, Luzia Simons, Robert Smithson, Justyna Smoleń, Wojciech Ireneusz Sobczyk, Daniel Spoerri, Jonasz Stern, Beat Streuli, Yoshihiro Suda, Leon Tarasewicz, Tomasz Tatarczyk, Toni R. Toivonen, Arie van ’t Riet, Kathleen Vance, Anna VanMatre, Willy Verginer, Zbigniew Warpechowski, Marek Wasilewski, Sinta Werner
Curators: Delfina Jałowik, Maria Anna Potocka, Martyna Sobczyk
Co-ordinator: Agnieszka Sachar