Noc Muzeów

Long Night of Museums

The programme includes Galeria Labirynt current exhibitions guided tours at night as well as other special events. We look forward to seeing you!
Admission free

6 p.m., Galeria Labirynt, 5 Popiełuszki Street
Ventriloquist and Silent Paintings – opening of the interactive contemporary art exhibition for children
Artists: Magdalena Franczak, Elżbieta Jabłońska, Patryk Lichota i Yuliia Andriichuk, Kacper Mutke i Michał Urbański (Tajny_ projekt), Alicja Panasiewicz i Adam Panasiewicz (grupa naN), Maciej Połynko, Krzysztof Topolski
Curator: Agata Sztorc
The exhibition opening is going to be translated into English

Entering the space of the exhibition, the viewer becomes a ventriloquist, who assigns meanings to the artworks thanks to own interpretations. It turns out that seemingly silent works of art carry sounds as well as sensory impressions. The exhibition can be experienced also without the sense of sight, activating only touch and hearing.

8 p.m., Galeria Labirynt, 5 Popiełuszki Street
Kuba Szreder: Duck-rabbits against fascism. On the usefulness of art in hard times – lecture
Lecture in Polish translated into Polish Sign Language (PJM)

Can art be useful? What does it offer to people who are struggling with the challenges of modern times? Does it remain ‘only’ art, something that is to be exhibited and collected? Or maybe it turns into something else, something we do not have a good name for yet, into the art used every day, without unnecessary swung but with bang? And how does a nineteenth-century drawing of a pet that sometimes looks like a duck and sometimes like a rabbit relate to this all? Looking for answers to these questions, Kuba Szreder talks about new forms of acting in art and beyond. Focusing on these emerging as response to the current political, economic, and ecological crisis. He presents artists who not only create paintings, but also put them on demonstrations, set up artistic companies involved in production of lemonade, or conduct investigations on the subject of ecocide. Inviting viewers to reflect on the benefits of art, Szreder refers to classics such as John Ruskin, Mierle Laderman Ukeles, and Jerzy Ludwiński. The speaker calls attention to contemporary debates about the practice and theory of art fulfilling its potential in the full scale of social life and political imagination.

Exhibitions open from midday till midnight.

Marta Krześlak – Ruiny moich marzeń
Galeria Labirynt; 5 Popiełuszki Street
Curator: Aleksandra Skrabek

An inflatable playground for children with elements from Disney’s fables, considered useless, was thrown away and became a huge piece of plastic waste. The artist brought it back to life by treating this piece of waste as ready-made and giving it new artistic significance. Krześlak is fascinated with unnecessary and abandoned objects, but most of all, by the potential possibility to transform them into imaginary worlds. In her actions, the artist refers to co-existence of economic processes with natural ones. She is inspired by the space within which the effects of human action influence nature. The latter is often irretrievably destroyed. The installation is accompanied by a sound recording – songs about dreams from the 90s sung by the artist herself.

Mateusz Choróbski – the empty room of night
Galeria Labirynt 2; 3 Grodzka Street
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. 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.