25–29 July 2007
Invited by the ACAX, Andrzej Szczerski holds a lecture at Impex (1086, Futó u. 46, in the West Balkan) on 26 July:
Reforms and debates in the Polish art scene
The lecture will concern the current development in the art and curatorial scene in Poland, in particular the state program of collecting contemporay art known as Signs of the Time and its impact on the art institutions in the country. The issues of the new museums of contemporary art in Poland will also be raised, in particular the debates concerning the foundation of new spaces and their focus. In context of these developments the program of postgraduate curatorial studies in Institute of Art History, Jagiellonian University in Kraków will be analyzed as an educational project aiming at the change within Polish curatorial scene. In the final section several works of the Polish most prominent artists will be analyzed both in terms of their international success and its effect within Polish art life as well as their most recent works and issues they raise.
Andrzej Szczerski is lecturer in Institute of Art History and in Centre for European Studies, Jagellonian University, Krakow. He is co-founder and director of the postgraduate curatorial studies there from 2005. He was visiting lecturer (Hertie-Stiftung Gastdozentur) in Institute of Art History, Goethe University, Frankfurt am Main (2003) and in School of Art History, University of St Andrews, Scotland (2004). Since 2005 he is advisor of Malopolska Foundation Museum of Contemporary Art in Krakow. He is member of the AICA (International Association of Art Critics)
As a researcher he is interested in Central European Art from 1900 until present day, Polish art after 1945 and methodology of art history. His current research project is concerned with modernism in Central Europe between the two world wars.
Szczerski wrote his PhD about the reception of British art in Central Europe around 1900. Between 1996 and1999 he was coordinator of the CEEPUS (Central European Exchange Programme for University Studies) Network of Art History Institutes in Krakow, Bratislava, Budapest. He was (co)organizer and host of plenty of conferences, e.g. "Painting and the object-art of Tadeusz Kantor" (Krakow 1996), "Art in People's Republic of Poland" (Krakow 1997), „Methods of curatorial education: between art history and art practice" in Institute of Art History Jagellonian University in Krakow. He was consultant for the exhibition „Der neue Staat. Zwischen Experiment und Repräsentation. Polnische Kunst 1918-1939", in Leopold Museum Vienna.
Szcerski has received numerous awards, scholarships and research grants in Great Britain, Germany, Austria, Hungary, Slovakia, Italy
Interview with Andrzej Szczerski