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Art

The exhibition programme focuses on presentation of the most important and the most interesting trends in contemporary art.

It aims at supporting development and promotion of interdisciplinary, vivid dialogue between artists, art critics, scientists and vast audience. The programme of Art Stations is mainly inspired by Grażyna Kulczyk’s private collection of art, while its significant part is based on innovative juxtapositions of contemporary art (both international and Polish) which illustrate the latest trends and the aesthetic and philosophical explorations.

The formula of exhibiting the works of art in the interiors of Art Stations gallery is based on bold promotion of contemporary art which breaks all stereotypes, especially in terms of its reception. Thus, Art Stations actively supports new, bold and open curatorial strategies.

The ambition of Art Stations is to continuously enrich the artistic sphere of Stary Browar and to enable the audience to become acquainted with the works of various outstanding artists from home and abroad and directly confront them. This intention is also realised by the role Art Stations serves, acting as art animator within Stary Browar’s public and shopping area, as exemplified by the presentation of large-format sculptures and installations outside the gallery building. Direct dialogue with vast audience – art lovers – and the mission of propagating knowledge of contemporary art are the core elements of Art Stations exhibition programme.

Works of art in Stary Browar

Thsuki-no-hikari (The Light of the Moon)

A monumental sculpture by Igor Mitoraj depicts part of a human face modelled on statues of ancient heroes. On the one hand, it reveals the artist’s fascination with classical culture, on the other, it presents an unusual combination of tradition and modernity. Igor Mitoraj has become famous for his monumental sculptures exhibited in cities all around the world.

Conflict Between Good and Evil

“Conflict Between Good and Evil” by Piotr Kurka is a black-and-white marble bench featuring a statue of a raven sitting on the white side. The work illustrates the struggle between the dark and bright sides of the reality we experience. Piotr Kurka is an artist living and working in Poznań, a co-founder of the legendary group Koło Klipsa.

Opertus Lunula Umbra (Hidden Shadow of the Moon)

Choe U-Ram’s sculpture was created for the fifth Liverpool Biennale in 2008. Hidden Opertus Lunula Umbra was inspired by the observation of natural phenomena. Exposed in the Shopping Arcade, the sculpture reveals great subtleness and attention to detail. Suspended in the air, its kinetic construction seems to be an organic form. The work is a continuation of the artist’s previous large-scale installations.

Citta Gentile (The Friendly City)

Alessandro Mendini is one of the most famous design artists in the world. He prepared the “Citta Gentile” (The Friendly City) installation especially for an exhibition held in Poznań in 2004 which inaugurated the launch of the Art Stations Foundation. The sculptures present the Mendini’s concept of public places as objects of powerful poetic expressions with an abundance of colours and forms. Citta Gentile is not just the sculptures – it is also a list of philosophical questions about the human condition, written down by the artist.

Henyo-Penyo Myomyonmyo

The sculpture Henyo-Penyo Myomyonmyo is the work of Mr., who made his name on the international modern art scene as the author of the drawings of little girls resembling animated Manga cartoon characters (which he initially drew on the reverse of his regular bills). Inspired by animation, the artist employs such numerous techniques as drawing, painting and sculpture; he is also a performer.

Relief of the Facade

The Stary Browar Shopping Arcade façade is a joint work of the designers of ADS Studio and the sculptor Adam Garnek. The architects created a wavy glass façade, divided by several levels of horizontal stripes. The façade is enclosed on both sides by brick towers topped with glass cupolas. The interior features a light installation made up of mobile vertical metal elements, which, at night, transform the façade into a semitransparent curtain shimmering in the dark.

The Beer Mug

Made of bronze, the Beer Mug was designed by Wojciech Kujawski to celebrate the opening of the Shopping Arcade. The unveiling ceremony of this unusual sculpture was connected with the breaking of two Guinness World Records – for the largest beer mug in the world and for the most beer drunk out of a single beer mug. On the outside, the mug depicts six small silhouettes trying to climb inside.

Torso del lago (Torso at the lake)

Igor Mitoraj’s bronze sculptures are inspired by the Classical period of Ancient Greece and the art of Renaissance. The beauty and fragility of a human body are the main topics of his works, as well as the deeper aspects of the human nature, which undergo gradual degeneration. In his art, Mitoraj refers to the history and mythology of Greece and Rome, sometimes by using the exact titles of the works of art. Therefore in a way he “quotes” the beauty and ideal proportions of the classical statues. At the same time, through deliberate fissures and cracks in the sculptures, he makes the recipient aware of the imperfection of the human kind.

Eros alato (Winged Eros)

Sculpture, 1984

Untitled

The columns by Leon Tarasewicz are a unique work of contemporary Polish art. Created to commemorate the 750th anniversary of the city of Poznań, the installation was originally displayed on the columns of Poznań’s Teatr Wielki (The Opera House) which served as a “canvas sketcher” for the painting. The artist painted yellow and green stripes on 54 rings which later decorated the Opera House’s façade for a month. They now add life to the area around the escalator in the Atrium.

Untitled (The Year We Made Contact)

Piotr Uklanski is a Polish artist living in NYC who became famous in the mid nineties. His work Untitles (The Year We Made Contact), 2010 is exposed above the stairs in Blow Up Hall 50 50 hotel. For the first time it was shown at The Whitney Museum of American Art in New York during the Whitney Biennial. Uklanski’s work consists of a monumental textile - its aesthetics refers to Kantor’s and Szajna’s theatre. It is a background for a painting named Red Dwarf, which is a symbol of a fading star. The installation must be interpreted through its symbolical, mythical and ironical reference to pop culture. The title itself refers to a science-fiction movie from the eighties.

Untitled

Sylwester Ambroziak’s wooden sculptures are characterised by primitive shapes: long limbs, enormous bald heads. The figures are exaggerated and caricatured. The purpose of his works is a presentation of universal story of human existence. People in his work experience suffering, are defected, their dignity and humanity are distorted, which is reflected in their appearance. A viewer finds it difficult to identify themselves with an image of these ugly wooden creatures, despite recognising them as human beings. Exaggerated shapes of Amboziak’s figures are inspired by the African and Amazonian native art. They resemble archaic or primitive sculpture. The artist’s artworks may be placed within the expressionism movement.

Irrlichter

Set in the reception hall of Blow Up Hall50 50, the installation “Irrlichter” consists of two longitudinal fluorescent lamps which swivel around and project light. The installation was designed by a German artist Sebastian Hempel who has received several artistic awards. Hempel is famous for installations dominated by movement as well as visual and spatial light effects.

Blow Up Commission

The Blow Up Commission was prepared by Rafael Lozano-Hemmer to fit the unique interiors of Blow Up Hall 50 50. The installation consists of two plasma screens, motion detectors, cameras and computers which interact with people moving in the interiors. Once their movement activates the system, the image is sent to the screens divided into tens of little squares creating a unique mosaic of simultaneous pictures.

VB 43.019

VB 43.019 is a part of a documentation of yet another Beecroft’s performance. As usual, the artist invited models dressed only in highheel shoes to take part in the project. Standing emotionless in the gallery, for a few hours they were observed and photographed by the public. In her works, Vanessa Beecroft takes up a dialogue with the sexual objectification of a female body and the rules of the ways it is being exposed in the world of media and fashion.

VB 52.100 (Castello di Rivoli, Turin)

Vanessa Beecroft’s monumental photograph is part of documentation made during a performance in Castello di Rivoli in Turin in 2003. It was one of the events organized by the artist, among other photographic sessions, where models posed in order to make up specific shapes in the gallery’s interiors.

Little White Dress

The colour photographs displayed in the Blow Up Hall 50 50 Restaurant are examples of yet another theme in Sawicka’s works. Chromatic images of individual pieces of clothing combine sophisticated simplicity with the aura of unrest. The garments are traces of bodies of people whose fate remains unknown to the viewer. The images show dresses on wooden hangers, photographed against monochromatic, light background. These “portraits” of clothes are indirectly portraits of people who used to wear them. What they looked like we do not know, yet their presence is mysteriously palpable. The clothes were depicted in an aesthetically sophisticated way, different, however, from the one we know from fashion magazines. In Sawicka’s photographs, garments are not goods but objects marked by emotions and human stories.

Colorful Dress

The colour photographs displayed in the Blow Up Hall 50 50 Restaurant are examples of yet another theme in Sawicka’s works. Chromatic images of individual pieces of clothing combine sophisticated simplicity with the aura of unrest. The garments are traces of bodies of people whose fate remains unknown to the viewer. The images show dresses on wooden hangers, photographed against monochromatic, light background. These “portraits” of clothes are indirectly portraits of people who used to wear them. What they looked like we do not know, yet their presence is mysteriously palpable. The clothes were depicted in an aesthetically sophisticated way, different, however, from the one we know from fashion magazines. In Sawicka’s photographs, garments are not goods but objects marked by emotions and human stories.

Cream Pie

The motto of Maurycy Gomulicki’s art is, as the artist declares himself, “pleasure and ecstasy”. Sensual photography in the Blow Up Hall 50 50 Restaurant, just like other Gomulicki’s works, affects a viewer through its colours. The artist utilises pink which has been ousted from the official cannon of history of art as a part of pop-culture, kitsch and bad taste. According to Gomulicki, pink symbolises liberation of sexuality and desire irrespective of one’s sex or sexual orientation. Gomulicki is interested mainly in stimulating viewer’s sexuality, in encouraging him or her to reflect over eroticism and relation between desire and power.

Tea Ceremony

The work “Tea Ceremony” belongs to the series of Mariko Mori autoportraits from 1994-1996. The artist took a picture of herself, standing in the street while serving tea. Dressed in futuristic clothes, with an urban landscape of Tokyo in the background, she resembles characters from science-fiction movies or comic
books. Mori impersonates a secretary from a large corporation, her womanhood stays as subordinate to
traditional determinants of the Japanese culture, she stays submissive and servile. In such an impersonation the artist combines western perception of Japan with erotic fascinations of the Japanese themselves, which are reflected in a woman as a “sexy cyborg”.

silver arrow

Michael Najjar is a German photographer living in Berlin. The artist was invited by the McLaren Mercedes team to attend a F 1 race on an ultramodern racing circuit in Abu Dhabi. He spent three days behind the scenes of the race, taking pictures of the mechanics, drivers and the racing cars and capturing views rarely seen by the public. The work called "silver arrow" presents a portion of a McLaren car body (the original photograph has been subject to processing). The artist treats the piece of the car extracted from its context as a sophisticated form reminding of modern sculpture. "silver arrow" is an expression of the artist’s fascination with state-of-the-art technologies which combine beauty, fragility and technical perfection.

San Sebastian 1 (Fundacion COFF)

Since 1992 Spencer Tunick has been creating monumental installations / performances that feature large numbers of nude people posed in artistic formations. The artist forms various shapes to fit interiors and landscapes. Every performance is documented with photographs. “San Sebastian” is a result of a performance organised in Fundacion COFF in San Sebastian.

Archives nationales #09

Susznia bar features two other excellent photos by the French artist Patrick Tourneboeuf, who has been working on the large-scale pictures of interiors and urban spaces since the 1990’s. The artist documented the renovation of the Pompidou Centre, Grand Palais in Paris and The Palace of Versailles. His artworks Archives nationales #09 and Archives nationales #16 show old books and documents displayed in the interiors of the National Archive in Paris. Tourneboeuf ’s photos are a reflection on the public and private interiors.

Archives nationales #16

Susznia bar features two other excellent photos by the French artist Patrick Tourneboeuf, who has been working on the large-scale pictures of interiors and urban spaces since the 1990’s. The artist documented the renovation of the Pompidou Centre, Grand Palais in Paris and The Palace of Versailles. His artworks Archives nationales #09 and Archives nationales #16 show old books and documents displayed in the interiors of the National Archive in Paris. Tourneboeuf ’s photos are a reflection on the public and private interiors.

Contemporary dance

Stary Browar New Dance (Stary Browar Nowy Taniec) is a unique, year-round, multilayered (performances, lectures, workshops, internships, co-productions) programme of contemporary dance realised since 2004. The idea of the project is to popularise the art of dance and to support the development of young Polish choreographers and dancers through the creation of a place in Poznań where regular presentations and creations of contemporary dance may be shown, especially its latest, avant-garde trends (conceptual choreography, performance art, body art, phenomena on the border of visual and performative arts).

Stary Browar wishes to become the home for Poznań’s (but not only) contemporary dance, presenting the most interesting artists who are not widely recognised in Poland. At the same time, it wants to actively support the development of local dance community by inviting reputed artists and creating educational programme of international projects, choreographic workshops and internships aimed at developing skills and knowledge of the art of dance among young native artists and the audience. Within internship programme that started in 2006, young artists get the opportunity to create a fully professional dance performance, along with scholarship, a place to rehearse and promotion.

Stary Browar New Dance programme is accompanied by educational projects: regular dance and choreographic workshops and a cycle of meetings, lectures and presentations on history and theory of dance.

Stary Browar New Dance for Kids is the first cyclic project in Poland which concentrates on developing contemporary dance for children. The programme comprises movement workshops and the most interesting dance performances for children.

The programme is curated by Joanna Leśnierowska.

Film

Cinema at the Courtyard of Art

Each summer, the Courtyard of Art transforms into open-air cinema with film screenings that share a common theme. The screenings of classic films and iconic pictures from genuine film stock in warm summer evenings have their unique charm and atmosphere and thus each time gather the audience of a several hundred viewers. Admission for all screenings is free of charge.

Cinema at the Courtyard of Art – 2015 edition

The 10th edition of Cinema at the Courtyard of Art was celebrated in an unusual way. The films were selected by several dozen members of Stary Browar’s staff who wanted to present themselves in this way. The repertoire included such films as “High Noon”, “The Lion King”, “Cabaret”, “Kika” and “8 1/2”.

Cinema at the Courtyard of Art – 2014 edition

In 2014 the cycle’s theme was Stary Browar’s summer motto: “Summer in the city”. The viewers could see the summer scenery of big cities but also experience unbearable heat and city rush. The series featured “Vicky Christina Barcelona”, “Crash”, “Heat”, “Pulp fiction”, “Dirty Dancing” and “Amelia”.

Cinema at the Courtyard of Art – 2013 edition

In 2013 the series comprising 10 films was titled “Fall in love with the park more” and opened with “Rocky”, followed by i.e. “Into the Wild”, “Die Hard”, “Swimming Pool”, “Vanishing Point” and “Back to the Future”.

Cinema at the Courtyard of Art

Carefully selected repertoire, each film introduced by a film expert and unique atmosphere of open-air cinema in historic and artistic scenery of Stary Browar attract several hundred viewers for each film screening. Record number of people attended “Into the Wild” in 2013 with music by Eddie Vedder, Pearl Jam singer, which in spite of rainy weather gathered 700 viewers (the screening, as always in bad weather, took place on the Chessboard).

In the park

Henryk Dąbrowski’s Park borders with Ogrodowa street in the north, Ratajczaka street in the west, Półwiejska Street in the east and Stary Browar building in the south.
It’s the favourite place to spend spare time for the inhabitants of Poznań. The park covers over 4 hectares of neat grass with historic trees that count several hundred years, over 4 kilometres of alleys, several dozen benches and the famous Stary Browar deck chairs which pop up in the summer. You can spend a lovely time here, from dawn till dusk, taking advantage of numerous attractions prepared by Stary Browar and its trendy restaurants. The park is equally appreciated by youngsters who flock there in the afternoons and weekends to spend some time with friends and parents with children (the allays paving was changed to more friendly for baby carriages, parents may also use the facilities in Stary Browar).

Opening hours: 8 a.m – 10 p.m.

Summer in the city

“Summer in the city by Stary Browar” includes open-air cinema and theatre, concerts, sport classes, artistic workshops, picnics with chill-out music and snacks delivered by Stary Browar restaurants straight to the park, as well as Summer Information Point in the heart of the park where guests may borrow books, games and blankets. Hundreds of comfortable deck chairs are available throughout the summer.

Long weekend in May, 2015

On the first days of May Stary Browar traditionally welcomes... the summer, and to be precise - “Summer in the city by Stary Browar” organised in the park. Among the attractions: deck chairs, games, chill-out music and picnic food.

PE in the Park

Yoga, zumba, exercises for new and expectant mothers, as well as lacrosse (still largely unknown in Poland) are the sport classes which awaited Poznań dwellers in the park throughout the summer of 2015.

Theatre on deck chairs

A series of free theatre plays titled “Theatre on deck chairs” were organised in Stary Browar’s park on August 13 and 14. They recalled pre-war small garden theatres that aimed at giving viewers a break from everyday life through energetic and humorous performance of actors, dancers and musicians. The plays were produced by one of the most significant off-theatres in recent years, Pijana Sypialnia [Drunk Bedroom].

Open-air concerts

Stary Browar prepared a big load of positive energy to mark the end of holidays in 2015. The Dumplings and Coals, two young bands that took the hearts of Internet communities by storm gave concerts in Stary Browar’s park on Sunday, August 30.

Workshops for children

The park is also the place where summer workshops for children are organised – art classes within the project “Summer in the city” and Summer Art Aid organised by the Centre of Children’s Art in Poznań and Artistic-Educational Society ‘Magazyn’.

#foodproject in the park

Stary Browar responded to the needs of those for whom lazing around with something tasty at hand is a summer priority and prepared something special for the summer season within its culinary action #foodproject: #sandwich and #before.
Within #sandwich project Stary Browar restaurants served sandwiches and other snacks easy to eat in hand straight to the green grass. Additionally, on each summer Friday from 5 p.m., groups of friends could get some extras thanks to #before action.

For children

Stary Browar is also a rich choice of offerings and events for children and youth. Movement and artistic workshops, theatre shows or special film screenings for the youngest viewers are only some of the ideas on spending quality and interesting time - also with parents or guardians. Each year on winter and summer holidays Stary Browar organises special events for children that abound in attractions.

Stary Browar for children

Stary Browar for children is a series of actions organised each year during winter and summer holidays and the Children’s Day, as well as artistic workshops on the Chessboard and in Stary Browar’s park, theatre plays and many more.

Summer in the city 2015

1,5-hour open-air creativity classes organised in the park in co-operation with Young Artistic University (in June and July) and Tadeusz Wieczorek, artist beloved by children whose motto is education through art. Children used different art techniques to present a variety of themes introduced by instructors through stories arousing creativity and ingenuity. The themes included ecology and nature, children also discovered the potential and new applications of seemingly insignificant objects that surround them.

Artistic workshops

Numerous artistic workshops for children are organised on the Chessboard throughout the year.

Winter holidays 2015: Offline vs. Online

The first week of winter holidays in Stary Browar was dedicated to OFFLINE activities – everything children used to do before the era of computers, tablets and smart phones. Children learnt to make their own retro toys – skipping ropes, puppets and board games.
In the second week, children explored ONLINE world. The programme included computer programming workshops for girls and building a Martian robot.

Rabbit painting

Easter Bunnies traditionally pop up in Stary Browar before Easter. The opportunity to take a picture with huge rabbits is undoubtedly a great attraction for children but they may also take part in free classes of rabbit painting.

Theatre plays for children

Stary Browar and Atofri Theatre jointly prepared a cycle of theatre plays for the youngest viewers. They are based on communication through live music, motion and visual arts which allows to reach children in a natural, unobtrusive way. Thanks to this approach children aged 1-5 get to know theatre as a journey full of excitement, music, singing, movement and colour.

Culinary workshops

Culinary workshops for children are organised in cooperation with the tenants.

Street wear fashion fair

Stary Browar in co-operation with TheAvenue.pl prepared the action Back To School at the end of holiday season in 2015. That year return to school after the holidays was dominated by street wear style. It was a great occasion to buy stylish gadgets and accessories at affordable prices.

Opening Hours

mon-sat09:00-21:00*
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Piotr i Paweł

mon-sat08:00-22:00
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