Conference Sculpture Today


International seminar devoted to contemporary sculpture, held on 20–21 October 2016 at the Centre of Polish Sculpture in Orońsko as an event accompanying Sir Tony Cragg’s exhibition.

» The Agenda of Conference

The exhibition at the Centre of Polish Sculpture in Orońsko is the most extensive presentation of the artist’s works in Poland. We are showing almost 40 diverse, mostly monumental works from the years 1985–2015, which make a representative review of his fascinating oeuvre, as well as drawings and watercolours complementing his sculptural works.

The aim of the conference is to reflect on sculpture and its place in contemporary art. We have invited theoreticians of art from Poland and Europe to take part in the discussion. Together we want to discuss what sculpture means today, define its notion and role in contemporary world as well as address the issue of sculpture in public space. The seminar would be directed to theoreticians of art, sculptors and representatives of art academies – professors and students. We would like theoreticians together with sculptors to attempt to answer the question: can you still make classical sculpture today, and also to try and define the terms: artistic installation, artistic object.

We assume that the conference will contribute to a new perception of sculpture, which is particularly relevant for the circles of sculptors and art students, and which will contribute to an exchange of theories and creative concepts.

The seminar will be attended by theoreticians from Great Britain and Germany: Tony Cragg – artist whose exhibition we present, Dr Julia Kelly – historian of art at University of Hull, Martin Henatsch – historian of art, former art director of Wewerka Pavilion in Münster and Gerisch Park in Neumunster, as well as five theoreticians from Poland: Paweł Polit – Art Museum in Łódź, Anna Maria Leśniewska – historian of art and sculpture, Agnieszka Tarasiuk – curator of Museum of Sculpture Królikarnia in Warsaw, division of the National Museum, Ewa Małgorzata Tatar – critic and historian of art, curator and moderator Marta Smolińska – professor at University of Arts in Poznan. Besides, Krzysztof M. Bednarski, Grzegorz Klaman and Jarosław Kozakiewicz are going to present their works.

  1. Tony Cragg

British sculptor, one of the best known artists in the world. Since 1977 he has lived and worked in Wuppertal, Germany. He graduated from Wimbledon School of Art (1970–1973) and Royal College of Art (1973–1977). He represented Great Britain at the 43rd Biennale in Venice in 1988. In the same year he received the prestigious Turner Prize awarded by the Tate Gallery in London. On the eve of the vernissage in Orońsko he was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II. He was a professor at École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris (1999–2009), from 2009 to 2014 at Kunstakademie in Düsseldorf. He has obtained many awards and distinctions, inter alia Praemium Imperiale for Scuplture in Tokyo (2007), Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany - 1st Class (2012). He has taken part in several hundred group exhibitions.

  1. Dr Martin Henatsch

Historian of art, originator and curator of numerous projects, especially in public space. He is engaged in the issues of art in public space and structural changes of public space. He discussed these problems in his greatest project Show me the Way to Public Sphere w 2006 in Wiesbaden (Germany). From 2007 to 2014 he was art director of Gerisch-Foundation in Neumünster (Northern Germany).

As the director and founder of Gerisch-Foundation he developed programme of exhibitions and shaped the idea of a sculpture park. It is there that he supervised thematic projects, inter alia Back to Earth. Rediscovering Ceramics in Art  and individual exhibitions of international artists, such as Mark Dion, Carsten Holler, Thorsten Goldberg or now Yinka Shonibare

  1. Julia Kelly

Julia Kelly is Research Associate in the School of the Arts, Loughborough University. Her published books include Art, Ethnography and the Life of Objects, Paris c.1925-1935(Manchester, 2007); Giacometti: Critical Essays (ed. with Peter Read, Ashgate, 2009); Found Sculpture and Photography from Surrealism to Contemporary Art (ed. with Anna Dezeuze, Ashgate, 2013); and The Sculpture of Bill Woodrow (with Jon Wood, Lund Humphries, 2013). She has worked at Tate and the Pompidou Centre in Paris and for the Universities of Manchester and Hull. She has published essays on surrealism and ethnography, assemblage art, and modern and contemporary artists including Henry Moore, Joseph Cornell, Paule Vezelay, Andre Masson, Eduardo Chillida, Mark Dion, Bill Tucker, Michael Sandle, Kathy Dalwood and Nick Ervinck. She is currently editing a volume on artist studio museums, an anthology of interviews and statements by contemporary sculptors, and the collected writings of Tony Cragg.

  1. Anna Maria Leśniewska

Historian and critic of art, curator of exhibitions. She conducted studied on contemporary art at the Centre of Polish Sculpture in Orońsko, Polish Academy of Sciences, and then at the National Museum in Warsaw. She lectures history of art at the Film School in Łódź, anf she has organized many exhibitions at the National Museum in Warsaw, National Gallery of Art Zachęta in Warsaw, International Centre of Culture in Krakow, Arsenał Gallery in Poznań, Anna and Jarosław Iwaszkiewicz Museum in Stawisko and other galleries all over Poland.

She conducts academic studies inter alia at the National Museum in Warsaw, Zachęta, Centre of Polish Sculpture in Orońsko, International Centre of Culture in Krakow. She is a member of the Polish Section of International Association of Art Critics as well as the co-founder of Artistic Association “Poza” and a member of STEP Association of Education and Progress.

  1. Paweł Polit

Curator, author of texts on art, academic lecturer. Till 2011 curator of the Auditorium programme at the Centre of Contemporary Art Zamek Ujazdowski; since 2011 director of Museology Centre at the Art Museum in Łódź. Curator of exhibitions at Zamek Ujazdowski CSW, inter alia Peter Downsbrough (1994), Conceptual Reflection in Polish Art. Experiences of the Discourse 1965–1975 (1999), Stanisław Ignacy Witkiewicz. Philosophical Marginalia (2004), Martin Creed (2004), Bruce Nauman (2009); co-curator of exhibitions: Ryszard Stanisławski. Open Museum (2006), Stefan Themerson. On the Need for Creating Visions (2008) and Włodzimierz Borowski (Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw, 2010). He published  in exhibition catalogues and magazines: “Kresy”, “Magazyn Sztuki”, “Er®go”, “Obieg”, “Piktogram”, “Afterall”, “ARTMargins”. Since 2001 he has been conducting classes on American and British art at the American Studies Centre at Warsaw University.

  1. Dr Marta Smolińska, professor of University of Fine Arts in Poznań

Historian of art and art critic; from 2003 to 2014 assistant professor at the Institute of History of Modern Art at the Department of History of Art and Culture at the Nicolas Copernicus University in Toruń; since 1st October 2014 professor  at the Department of Theory of Art and Philosophy at University of Fine Arts in Poznan; three times stipend holder of Foundation for Polish Science (Programme Start. Scholarships for Young Scholars: editions 2005 and 2006; programme Kwerenda: edition 2008); scholarship of DAAD (2012); laureate of fellowship at the Graduierten Schule für Süd- und Osteuropastudien an der Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität in Munich (2014); member of the Polish section of AICA; curator of many exhibitions of contemporary art, art critic, author of books and many papers on history of art.

  1. Agnieszka Tarasiuk

Artist, curator and social activist, graduate of the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw. In 2000, together with the staff of Arsenal Gallery in Białystok, she set up an Association for Cultural Education WIDOK, originator and coordinator of a series of projects at the Dom Ludowy [Folk Centre] in Sokole in Podlasie Region, director of Centre for Creative Work in Wigry (2009-2010). At present, the chief curator of the Xawery Dunikowski Sculpture Museum Królikarnia in Warsaw.

  1. Ewa Tatar

Critic and historian of art, curator. Scholarships of American Centre Foundation (2008), Foundation for Polish Science (2010), Ministry of Culture and National Heritage in the programme “Young Poland” (2011). Editor of  magazine “Panotptikum” and “Obieg” and a series Linia wizualna published by Korporacja Ha!art. From 2008 to 2009 chief editor of “Ha!art”. editor of the art department in “Tekstylia Bis”, co-author of books Imhibition and Krótka historii Grupy Ładnie, author of several dozen texts published in magazines, exhibition catalogues and anthologies. She is interested in contemporary art, in redefining history of art, feminist critique, theory of culture and its application in museum and curatorial practices as well as curating as a method of history of art and work with context.

  1. Krzysztof M. Bednarski

Sculptor, auctioneer, makes installations, objects and posters. Studied at the Sculpture Faculty of the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw in the studios of Prof Jerzy Jarnuszkiewicz and Prof Oskar Hansen, 1973-1978. Since 1986 he has lived in Rome but is intensively present also in the Polish art scene. He has obtained several scholarships of Ministry of Culture and National Heritage, inter alia for his contribution to the promotion of Polish art abroad. Scholarships from Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Italian Government (1988-1989), Leube Foundation, Salzburg-Gartenau (2004). Laureate of the Katarzyna Kobro Award 92004), Art Award of the “Exit” Quarterly (2011). Awarded Gold Medal for Merits to Culture Gloria Artis (2011). Monuments to Konstanty Puzyna, Krzysztof Kieślowski, Ryszard Cieślak and others, spatial projects: Incontro con Federico Fellini in Rimini (1994) or in memory to Frederic Chopin La note bleue in Vienna (2010).

  1. Prof Grzegorz Klaman

Artist, sculptor, performer, pedagogue, curator and organizer of cultural life, activist. Studied at the Sculpture Faculty of the State High School of Plastic Arts in Gdańsk, 1980-1985, diploma in Prof Franciszek Duszeńko’s studio. In 1985 he started work at his academy, since 1996 he has conducted Intermedia Institute at the Sculpture Faculty. The originator of many initiatives in Gdańsk, from the Wyspa Gallery, through Otwarte Atelier, Łaźnia Art Centre, to  the Art Institute Wyspa situated in the area of Gdańsk Shipyard. He lives and works in Gdańsk.

  1. Dr Jarosław Kozakiewicz

Artist working on the borderline of art, science and architecture, connected with the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw, lecturer at the Design Faculty. He graduated from Sculpture Faculty at the Warsaw Academy and Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art in New York. Laureate of many awards, inter alia: 1st prize in the competition for the development of post-industrial area in Boxberg, Germany (2003), 1st prize in the international competition for the concept of Park of Reconciliation in Oświęcim (2005), 1st prize in the competition for the design of sculpture in Stuttgart (2006), award of the ‘Arteon” magazine (2007), special distinction in the competition for the design of Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw (2007). He represented Poland at the 10th International Exhibition of Architecture in Venice (2006). He lives and works in Warsaw.


The exhibition „Tony Cragg. Sculpture” has received the honorary patronage of the British Council  and the British Embassy.

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