Gallery 2

23.01. - 15.03.1998

Curators: Zielimir Koscevic;
co-operation: Stach Szablowski, Grzegorz Borkowski

Janusz Baldyga, Andrzej Dluzniewski, Krzysztof Jung, Tomasz Sikorski (Poland), Ben Vautier (France), Milivoj Bijelic, Aleksandar Garbin, Zarko Jovanovski, Ante Kuduz , Reneta Ladovic, Mangelos (Dimitrije Basicevic), Vlado Martek, Vilko Ziljk (Croatia), Marinus Boezem, Sluik / Kurpershoek (Holland), Robert Delford Brown, Nancy Chunn, Jimmie Durham, Dick Higgins, Benito Huerta, Nina Katchadourian, Jenni Lukac, Joshua Neustein, OCEAN EARTH group, Yoko Ono, Nam June Paik, Annette Wilzig (USA), Gyorgy Galantai (Hungary), Calin Dan (Romania), Maurizio Cattelan, Luca Vitone (Italy), Shirley Chubb, Simon Patterson (Great Britain), Wim Delvoye, Urbain Mulkers (Belgium), Braco Dimitrijevic, Jusuf Hadzifejzovic, Sanjin Jukic (Bosnia/Hercegovina), Felix Droese, Ingo Gunther, Roberto Ohrt, Tomas Schmit, Brygida Wrobel - Kulik (Germany), Michel Druks (Israel/Great Britain), Equipo Limite (Spain), Tayfun Erdogmus, Anna Fairchild, Onur Fusun (Turkey), Daniel Fischer, Otis Laubert, Rudolf Sikora (Slovakia), IRVIN group, Alen Ozbolt, Marko Peljahan, Tadei Pogacar (Slovenia), William Kentridge, Moshekwa Langa (South Africa), Jussi Kivi (Finland), Guillermo Kuitca (Argentina), Raoul Meel (Estonia), Guttorm Nordo, Ronerto Ohrt (Norway), Ibrahim Mirando Ramos (Cuba), Christoph Rihs (Switzerland), Chryssa Romanos (Greece), Michael Schuster, Manfred Willmann (Austria), Yuri Solomko (Ukraine), Ruth Waatson (New Zeeland)

Cartographers exhibition is a joint project by four european art centers located in Zagreb (Croatia), Maribor (Slovenia), Budapest and Warsaw. The exhibition was conceived by Zelimir Kosevic, director of the Contemporary Art Museum in Zagreb.

The project presents a very interesting phenomenon in contemporary art, i.e. the artist's interpretation of cartography. The use of cartography has a long tradition in the 20th century. This exhibition in the Centre for Contemporary Art in Warsaw brings together works from the last two decades by 80 artists from all over the world including such famous names as Ben Vautier, Maurizzio Catellan, Ingo Gunther, Nam June Paik, IRVIN and the Planet Earth group.

The works included in Cartographers exhibition act as an artistic commentary on the processes present in today's world, especially in Europe. You can detect issues of modern geographical awareness at the centre of artists' concerns, such as; globalisation, multiculturalism, integration, and the enormous changes which Europe has undergone.
The intention of the curator was to show catogrpahy as a field of communication and not an expression of existing divisions as was previously present in Europe. Cartography is a means of presenting the world and our place in it.

The exhibition includes almost 180 pieces, representative af every art movement and discipline, from drawing and painting to video-art installations and new media work. The show fills the whole space of Gallery 2 on the second floor of Ujazdowski Castle. Various performances and a catalogue including both works presented in the show and essays on cartographic issues in contemporary art will also accompany the main presentation.
Last June the exhibition was in Galeia Grada in Zagreba and from Warsaw it will travel to Budapest's Muscarnok Palace of Art and Slovenia.

The exhibition will be accompanied by an education programme including nursery, primary and secondary school workshops as well as a series of lectures on contemporary geographical awareness.