Polish Neo-Avant-Garde

Czeluście [The abyss].

Lublin: Galeria BWA, 1979. Octavo (20.5 × 14.5 cm). Original staple-stitched printed wrappers; 24 pp. Illustrations. Very good.

A collection of theoretical texts by Józef Robakowski (b. 1939), one of the seminal figures of the Polish neo-avant-grade, with essays on Polish experimental photography and independent cinema of the 1970s. Illustrated with author photographs, the essays were published by the BWA gallery (Biuro wystaw artystycznych) established in Lublin in 1956, one of the few galleries that promoted contemporary art in the 1970s focusing on formal experiment. A film and media artists, Robakowski was one of the founding members of the famous Workshop of Film Form (1970–1977). In 1978 along with Małgorzata Potocka (b. 1953) he also co-founded the Exchange Gallery in their private apartment, in Łódź. The Exchange Gallery hosted events, and exhibitions but also collected art works, mail art, video and ephemera of performances, creating a library and archive of the Polish and international neo-avant-garde movement throughout the 1980s. Today the archive and library assembled at Exchange Gallery comprise one of the largest private collections of East European and international neo-avant-garde in the world. In 2016 the collection was given by Robakowski to the Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw for cataloging and display.

As of October 2023, not in KVK, OCLC.

Book ID: 52415

Price: $150.00