Exhibitions are like invitations on a journey. This could be an interior journey, discovering an idea, a form of artistic expression or aesthetic, but it could also be a geographical journey to a new world – wrote Michel Samuel – Weis to introduce the exhibition “The Night of the Great Season” at the Kunstalle in Mulhouse in eastern France. Contemporary Lynx received this invite and without hesitation decided that this exhibition calls for a journey. The show lets us discover a young generation of artists born in the 80s inspired by surrealism – among them Jakub Julian Ziolkowski, Tomasz Kowalski and Agnieszka Polska – next to the older generation of important figures in Polish avant-garde and post-war art – Bruno Schulz, Tadeusz Kantor, Erna Rosenstein and Alina Szapocznikow, curated by Martha Kirszenbaum.

 

La Kunsthalle in Mulhouse, France, poster of the exhibition The Night of the Great Season, photo Contemporary Lynx, Mulhouse, March 2014

La Kunsthalle in Mulhouse, France, poster of the exhibition The Night of the Great Season, photo Contemporary Lynx, Mulhouse, March 2014

Jakub Julian Ziolkowski, Planet, Oil on Canvas, 144 x 111 cm, Courtesy of the Artist, Foksal Gallery Foundationa, Hauser & Wirth and La Kunsthalle in Mulhouse, France, photo Contemporary Lynx, The Night of the Great Season, Mulhouse, March 2014

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Alina Szapocznikow, Autoportrait II, 1966, Bronze Sculpture, Courtesy of the Estate of Alina Szapocznikow/ Piotr Stanislawski/ Galerie Loevenbruck, Paris, photo Contemporary Lynx, Mulhouse, March 2014

Alina Szapocznikow, Autoportrait II, 1966, bronze. Courtesy of Piotr Stanislawski Loevenbruck Gallery, Paris, photo Contemporary Lynx, Mulhouse, March 2014

Alina Szapocznikow, Autoportrait II, 1966, bronze. Courtesy of Piotr Stanislawski Loevenbruck Gallery, Paris, photo Contemporary Lynx, Mulhouse, March 2014

Bruno Schulz, Groteska. Kataryniarz na Podworku, 1936, drawing, 16,9cm x 19,9cm, Collection of Emanuel Ringelblum, courtesy of Jewish Historical Institute in Warsaw, photo Contemporary Lynx, Mulhouse, March 2014

Bruno Schulz, Groteska. Kataryniarz na Podworku, 1936, drawing, 16,9cm x 19,9cm, Collection of Emanuel Ringelblum, courtesy of Jewish Historical Institute in Warsaw, photo Contemporary Lynx, Mulhouse, March 2014

 

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The exhibition view, The Night of the Great Season, La Kunsthalle in Mulhouse, France,photo Contemporary Lynx, Mulhouse, March 2014

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The exhibition view, The Night of the Great Season, La Kunsthalle in Mulhouse, France,photo Contemporary Lynx, Mulhouse, March 2014

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Alina Szapocznikow, The Night of the Great Season, exhibition curated by Martha Kirszenbaum, La Kunsthalle in Mulhouse, general view, photo Contemporary Lynx, Mulhouse, March 2014

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Document by Andrzej Wajda, Umarla Klasa by Tadeusz Kantor, TVP, 1976, photo Contemporary Lynx, Mulhouse, March 2014

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La Kunsthalle in Mulhouse, general view, photo Contemporary Lynx, Mulhouse, March 2014

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La Kunsthalle in Mulhouse, general view, photo Contemporary Lynx, Mulhouse, March 2014

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La Kunsthalle in Mulhouse, general view, photo Contemporary Lynx, Mulhouse, March 2014

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Jakub Julian Ziolkowski, The Night of the Great Season, exhibition curated by Martha Kirszenbaum, La Kunsthalle in Mulhouse, general view, photo Contemporary Lynx, Mulhouse, March 2014

 

“The Night of the Great Season”

Artists: Bruno Schulz, Tadeusz Kantor, Erna Rosenstein, Alina Szapocznikow, Agnieszka Polska, Jakub Julian Ziółkowski and Tomasz Kowalski

Curator: Martha Kirszenbaum

The Kunsthalle is a cultural institution in the city of Mulhouse. The exhibition “The Night of the Great Season” is supported by the Polish Institute in Paris

words: Sylwia Krason

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