Mateusz Choróbski – the empty room of night

Galeria Labirynt 2 (3 Grodzka Street)
Opening: 13.04.2019 (Saturday), 5 p.m.; the exhibition opening is going to be translated into English by Krystian Kamiński
On display: Tuesday-Sunday 3 p.m.-6 p.m.; until 17.05.2019
Admission: free

Curator: Agnieszka Cieślak

the empty room of night by Mateusz Choróbski opens a series of site-specific exhibitions in the Galeria Labirynt 2, located in the Lublin Old Town. The history of this space, at that time belonging to the Lublin Bureau of Art Exhibitions, dates back to 1988. The exhibition features most recent works of the artist created especially for the very place. Presented pieces fit into architecture of the 15th-century tenement house and the infrastructure of its surroundings. Choróbski makes a gesture of opening the space, giving it some air and inviting random passers-by to visit it – the gallery is located at the main route leading from the Castle Hill, through the Grodzka Gate and the Krakowska Gate towards Krakowskie Przedmieście.

Artist creates installations from materials such as steel sheet used for roof construction, interior of old thermos flasks, Faviera radiators, and glass cups used for cupping therapy. These materials are associated with house understood as a building, but also as a place of our everyday existence, where individual elements of the place correspond to parts of the human body. Choróbski does not treat the objects he chose as ready-mades, but he subjects them to metamorphoses. As a result of this process, objects acquire new meanings. At the same time, they retain a trace of old destiny that gives them a poetic character – this is also expressed by the title of the exhibition, which is a fragment of the poem by American poet Charles Reznikoff.

Mateusz Choróbski (1987) – a graduate of the University of the Arts Poznań and the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw. He lives in Warsaw and cooperates with the Wschód Gallery. Choróbski is the author of short film forms, objects, site-specific installations, and actions in public space.

Sincere thanks to Mr Ziemowit Drewnik from Glassworks “Czechy” for provided materials.


Agnieszka Cieślak, the empty room of night, curatorial text

Pier Paolo Pancotto, Suggestions and Sublimations by Mateusz Choróbski, text accompanying the exhibition