Panel discussion on the book by Łukasz Guzek “Rekonstrukcja sztuki akcji w Polsce” [Reconstruction of Action Art in Poland]

Galeria Labirynt is holding a panel discussion on the book by Łukasz Guzek which is a comprehensive study of action art in the context of the changes taking place in art from the mid-1960s to the end of 1980s. Łukasz Guzek, Tadeusz Mroczek, Magdalena Ujma, Waldemar Tatarczuk are taking part in the discussion.
The admission is free of charge.

‘Rekonstrukcja sztuki akcji w Polsce’ [‘Reconstruction of Action Art in Poland’] is a summary of studies and experiences of cooperating with artists since the beginning of the 1990s. It contains a comprehensive study of issues concerning action art in correlation with the changes taking place in art from the mid-1960s to the end of the 1980s. The division of this period reflects the changing narratives dominant in the world of art. On the basis of structural analyses, artistic means and forms common to the construction of works of art and the contexts of their application have been identified. At the same time, two complimentary processes have been noticed: action art becoming an independent movement and ‘perfromatisation of art’, the latter of which takes into account its changeability, multimediality and versatility. The method of reconstruction allows to describe the dynamics of feedback loops between history and contemporary times and both bring the art history under review and root contemporary art in it. The book is addressed at researchers to whom it offers resources for critical monographic studies.

Łukasz Guzek, Ph.D. has majored and defended his doctoral thesis in the Institute of Art History at the Faculty of History of the Jagiellonian University. In his professional career he combines scholar studies on art history with art critique and activities of an art curator and a manager of art events and conferences. He is a lecturer at the Academy of Fine Arts in Gdańsk (Międzywydziałowy Instytut Nauk o Sztuce/The Interfaculty Institute of Art Sciences).
His scholarly interest covers the 20th art century with particular emphasis on conceptual and post-conceptual art. Since the beginning of the 1990’s he has been dealing with action art, including performance art and related themes: the exhibition techniques of ephemeral art, documentation and its functions in contemporary art, the artistic and socio-political role of artist-run initiatives (ARIs). Since 2009 he has been the editor in chief of the Sztuka i Dokumentacja/Art and Documentation journal on art ( He is a member of AICA and Polish Institute of World Art Studies.


Jan Świdziński, performance from the Puste gesty/Empty Gestures series, InterAkcje festival, Piotrków Trybunalski, 2007
photo by Mariusz Marchlewicz