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Anxiety

Tytus Dzieduszycki-Sas, Dariusz Kociński, Tomasz Kowalski, Andrij Linik, Anna Orlikowska, Agnieszka Polska, Krzysztof Pruszkowski, Paulina Sadowska, Piotr Sakowski, Konrad Smoleński, Marcin Sudziński

An exhibition of works from the collections of the Lubelskie Society for the Encouragement of the Fine Arts.

The signals foreshadowing the ‘new surrealism’ trend first appeared several years ago. Its rather rapid reception could be a reaction to the rational or politicised discourses present in the art of the past two decades, including the sphere of critical art, but it could also be the result of a neo-romantic nostalgia for the uncanny, for that which lies dormant in the crevices of reality, for that which is indeterminate, which emerges behind closed eyes, for that which is oneiric, indistinct. It even seems that surrealism was never lost amidst the multiplicity of trends, directions and stylistics. Today, it reverberates fairly explicitly in the work of the contemporary artists who make free and eclectic use of the avant-garde and neo-avant-garde legacy.
The collections of the Lubelskie Society for the Encouragement of the Fine Arts have yielded numerous works by artists engaging with this informal, fluid wave, this wave that is difficult to isolate from the racing torrent in current art, this wave of new surrealism. Even if it is in no way a simple matter to set a great many of those works within its framework of convention, one thing is certain; that in form and disturbing content, they are akin to that which is uncanny… and every encounter with the uncanny gives rise to anxiety.
The conviction that there are such moments, moments when the contemporary artist is more and more often accompanied by anxiety and “everything seems to him to be not that simple or clear after all”[1], became a pivotal concept for the exhibition.

Curators: Paulina Zarębska-Denysiuk, Ernest Malik

The exhibition has been organised by the Lubelskie Society for the Encouragement of the Fine Arts and the Labirynt Gallery.

Opening: Friday 18th July 2014.
Runs until 3rd August 2014. Opening times: Tuesday to Sunday, noon to 7.00 PM. Admission free.


[1] Stanisław Ignacy Witkiewicz, Nowe formy w malarstwie i wynikąjace stąd nieporozumienia [New Forms in Painting and the Misunderstandings Arising Therefrom], translated into English for the purposes of this news item.

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