Mikołaj Smoczyński – The Secret Performance

Galeria Labirynt, ul. Popiełuszki 5

Exhibition opening: 06/12/2019 (Friday), at 7:00 p.m.; event translated into English (Krystian Kamiński) and PJM (Magdalena Gach-Leziak)

On display: till 08/03/2020 (Tue.-Sun. 12:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m.)

Admission: 2 zł (regular ticket), 1 zł (reduced ticket)

Curator: Waldemar Tatarczuk

Mikołaj Smoczyński is one of the greatest artists from Lublin. For many years he has been connected with Galeria Labirynt. He was known for creative photographs which were, especially in the 1980s, the effect of performative actions carried out in the studio in front of a camera. “The Secret Performance” series was exhibited for the first time at Labirynt 2 during the exhibition accompanying “Records 2” artistic symposium curated by Andrzej Mroczek. The artist also created his first installation at that time. He soon became known for his spatial and environment projects. In Lublin, one could see, among others, the first implementation of “Photos” series entitled “Photo” (Galeria Grodzka BWA, 1990), the monumental environment “Parallel Action” (Galeria Stara BWA, 1992), and “Nowapraca” installation (Galeria Labirynt 2 BWA, 1999), which completely changed gallery space, reducing it to the limit. The exhibition organised 10 years after the artist’s death is going to be the first in a series analysing his artistic work. Photographs from the collection of Galeria Labirynt, including “The Secret Performance”, are going to be presented at the exhibition.