Polish Unofficial Art - Conceptual Art

Kultura Zrzuty, 1981-1987 [Zrzuta culture, 1981-1987].

Warsaw: Akademia Ruchu, 1989. Quarto (29.6 × 20.6 cm). Original pictorial wrappers, perfect-bound; 190 pp. Signed and inscribed by Zbigniew Libera to title. Very good.

Important anthology of the Łódź-based "Kultura Zrzuty" (roughly equivalent to "Pitch-in culture" or "Culture of sharing"), an artistic phenomenon of the 1980s that gathered representatives of happening culture and other postmodern art tendencies in conditions of Martial Law. The name derives from the expression "zrobić zrzutkę" (to pass the hat around) and refers to the fact that this movement was completely self-made and without resources. Other epithets that have been applied to "Kultura Zrzuty" include Punk and Neo-Dada.

The volume includes numerous essays, manifestos, and photographs of art events and was edited by Marek Janiak, who also designed the book along with Piotr Rypson. It was printed in 2000 copies, of which 300 were numbered. A section of roughly 30 pages contains English translations of key texts. Also included is a chronology of events related to the movement; texts on the infamous "Tango" periodical associated with Kultura Zrzuty (by Tomasz Snopkiewicz); reproductions of poems, objects, fliers, photographs of graffiti and other temporary art forms, and numerous photographs of exhibitions throughout Poland.

As of May 2021, KVK, OCLC show three copies in North America.

Book ID: 51373

Price: $250.00