Living Book
The National Museum in Szczecin
Wały Chrobrego 3 | Wały Chrobrego 3

The idea of “Living Book” exhibition came to existence two years ago, when, together with lecturers, PhD and MA students of the Faculty of Graphic Arts of Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw, a project “Graphics Game of Art” was being arranged. It has shown that many people creating mainly various graphic, multimedia, sculpture and entirely virtual forms constantly refer to the idea of a book, even if the form of the artwork is seemingly far from the form of a volume. This is how the concept of an exposition concerning several topics emerged. Why does book constantly inspire, provoke, tire? What is the origin of the need for reflexion on its shape, which is as important as its content? Therefore in the exhibition catalogue there may be found utterances of artists of three generations, who say how they imagine ideal book and how they see the future of this medium.

Why is it the book? Because beside an image (painted, drawn, photographed or made in graphic techniques), sculpture (special object, seen from the outside and from various angles), work of architecture (seen from both outside and inside), video (a line sequence of pictures of all types, made in all techniques) it has become a commonly used form of an artwork. Its essence is sequencing: aftermath and return. It determines the time order and simultaneously makes it possible to turn it back.

The book is also a symbol of lasting and knowledge. Art joins books of various fields. It is often thought that the book has grown from the tradition of print and graphic arts, but it is also known that books used to be made of stone, wood, iron, hand-written and hand-drawn, multiplied and unique. At the Faculty of Graphic Arts of Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw a book has always been a challenge of imagination taken up at almost all the studios, including painting, drawing and multimedia ones. Thus the exhibition shows various manners of thinking of a book and of creating its form. Three generations of artists (46 people) active at Warsaw Academy and worldwide awarded meet to recall how lively artistic phenomenon and new Polish artistic speciality the fight of book with not-a-book is.

The exhibition has been arranged at the Faculty of Graphic Arts of Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw and was initially presented at Galeria Salon Akademii. Its curator is Dorota Folga-Januszewska.

Participating artists:
Jacek Ambrożewski, Emilia Bartkowska, Marta Basak, Katarzyna Betlińska, Patricia Bliuj-Stodulska, Magdalena Boffito, Michał Chojecki, Agnieszka Cieślińska, Oksana Draczkowska, Agata Dudek, Sofia Estrada-Osmycka, Anna Filipczak, Mariusz Filipowicz, Zosia Frankowska, Stanisław Gajewski, Henryk Gostyński, Magda Grabowska, Piotr Grabowski, Monika Hanulak, Krzysztof Jabłonowski, Maciej Januszewski, Zygmunt Januszewski, Grzegorz Jarzynowski, Rita Kaczmarska, Paweł Kastusik, Anna Koźbiel, Rafał Kucharczuk, Laura Kudlińska, Aniela Kupiecka, Wojtek Kwiecień-Janikowski, Grażka Lange, Aneta Lewandowska, Mateusz Machalski, Lech Majewski, Sławomir Marzec, Paweł Nowak, Magdalena Nowakowska-Troniewska, Dorota Optułowicz Mcquaid, Jacek Ostaszewski, Błażej Ostoja Lniski, Alina Potemska, Andrzej Rudziński, Jan Rusiński, Natalia Sajewicz, Piotr Smolnicki, Justyna Sokołowska, Aleksandra Tubielewicz, Kuba Turczyński, Maria Vesela, Andrzej Węcławski, Ryszard Winiarski, Jakub Wróblewski, Basia Żuchowska


Exhibition opening: March 3rd 2017 (Friday), 6.00 P.M., free entrance
Exhibition open to
May 28th 2017

Exhibition Curator: Dorota Folga-Januszewska, Institute of Theory at Faculty of Graphic Arts of Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw
Wojciech Ciesielski, The National Museum in Szczecin
Salon Akademii of Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw, Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw
The National Museum in Szczecin, The Leon Wyczółkowski Regional Museum in Bydgoszcz, Book Art Museum