Peter Bogatka, Robert Motelski, Tomasz Vetulani, José Krijnen, Wiki Królikowska | Curator: Fred Gijbels

27.09.2018 - 19.10.2018

Art with no borders | European art | Art conecting people.

The exhibition is organised by Nuremberg House of Cracow under the direction of Renata Kopyto in cooperation with Fred Gijbels Foundation

„Multi-Kulti” is an exhibition presenting the creative output of artist from different European countries. It’s showing their art in the context of the region in which they grew as people and artists, but first of all what they have achieved and absorbed due to multi-cultural surrounding and migration. It stands in opposite to almost extinct, artificially kept up  homogenic culture; contrary to the current social atmosphere of rasing racism and xenophobia stimulated by the conservative polish goverment. The party ‘Prawo i Sprawiedliwość’ (eng: ‘Law and Justice’) declares itself in favour of ‘uni-kato’, meaning: mono-catholic culture and doesn’t want to have anything to do with so called ‘multi-culturalism’. In today’s Poland the critics of the goverment and grassrote initiative are not welcomed or even supressed. Antother phenomena worth touching in this context is their cultural politics, that we can observe on the example of the famous film an theater director Agnieszka Holland either the attitude and attack against  the movie „Pokłosie” of Władysław Pasikowski or the Oscar winning film ‘Ida’ był Paweł Pawlikowski. The cause by all is a shown different point of view on the polish history, in opposie to the one proclaimed by the goverment.

What we observe are first steps to political repressions that have happened to artists like Aie Weiwei in China who has been lately imprisoned and his workshop destroyed, likewise the islamic ‘witch hunting’ declared to the danish caricaturist Kurt Westergaard, who pictured ‘Mahomet” in an ‘improper’ way. And finally, the most inacceptable and radical repressions done in the 30’s and 40’s in Germany to artists such as: Thomas Mann, Klaus Mann, Max Ernst, Emil Nolde, Oskar Schlemmer, Kurt Weill and Bruno Schulz, Tadeusz Kwiatkowski, Józef Koffler or Władysław Strzemiński in Poland by the national-socialists.

Art is and always has been an enemy of political, totalitarian systems, with few exceptions such as propaganda art and glorification of politicians in the Soviet Union or as in case of the roman-catholic devotional articles. Which does destroy the spirit in the society. We believe that one of the most improtant tasks of an artist is remaining critical towards politics, controversial movements and mirror-like showing society to itself.

Peter Józef Bogatka Born in 1961 in the city of Bytom in Upper Silesia. Beuthen (Polish: Bytom, Silesian: Bytuń, German: Beuthen) is a city that has changed it’s affiliation to a countries several times in it’s history. It’s beginnings go down to the XII century, when it hs been established by the Polish king, during the annextion in it belonged to Prussia for over 120 years, afterwards from 1921 due to a referndum was part of Germany and after 1945 again bonded to Poland. Therefore it’s the binding point for the German, Polish and Silesian culture. Due to several border changes the identity of most citizens is considered to be multi-national and migrations between countries are still common. The story went likewise along with the family Peter Josef Bogatka’s and himself. They moved to Germany in 1976, where he studied in Higher School of Visual Communication in Krefeld (1987-1990), in order to come back to his home country, where he graduated the Academy of Fine Arts in Cracow (1990-1995), as a professional painter. The accomplished knowledge, wide range of mastered techniques possesed in two diversified schools are paying back in his today art work. It’s clearly visbile in the wide spectrum of topics, perfect workshop that allows him to capture his surroundings such as: low, prefabricated buildings, cabins, landscapes with scyscrapers or self-portaits. All of these are often placed in a post-comunist political context, which naturally comes from his biography.  As a result, we can say that in his final work ‘Multi-Kulti” Beuthen merges in way with modern Polish Bytom.

Robert Motelski born in Warsaw in 1977. Motelski graduated the Academy of Fine Arts in his hometown Warsaw. His main artistic interest and intuition lead him to studiyng nature from new formal and experimental perspective. Thanks to constant search and improvment of his workshop he reached a level in which his painting became an interaction between his abstract, floating imagination and realistic perception of nature. He gets inspiration from travelling, through the direct contact with nature and only afterwards he is analysing his ideas and impressions, that lead him to the final results. Thanks to the reduction of the non-important elements and maintaing the most important ones he achieves a specific, esthetical minimalism. The paintings are perfect impressions, in which light and the tone of colour are decisive on the receivers feelings. ‘It was already late that day, when I found a good place to stay on a little island. In the morning I was swimming in the lake, than I prepared myself a breakfast. The sunlight breaking through the tries has high-lightened pine needels. That’s how I came up with the idea for „The Light” (pol.: ‘Światło’)

Tomasz Vetulani born in 1965 in Cracow, since 1991 lives in Utrecht. A defiant artist, a rebelious personality from his own choice. His art crosses the rules of classical canon of beauty, uses materials such as: tape, sponge, silicon. Futhermore, he often combains canvas with ‘ready-made’ objects such as postage stamps or intergrated circuts. All those elements combained create a deepend, personal esthetics that allows him to make strong artistic statements. Vetulani conciously rejects the idea of classical beauty as an ‘absolute’ impossible to bare by human, he does that in favour of certain frigality, transitoriness, nonobviousness or simply a stronger sensitivity to reality. Coming out from this point of view he created a series of art works called „Computer widows” – portaits of woman on aluminium tiles. He’s resistante to trend, does not affiliate to any school, in an determined, tireless, admirable way continues the artistic journey on his own. As he refused to be held by the hand. His art should be described at the same time as ironic and irreverent towards human behaviour and political life.  As well after years spent in Holland, that became his new homeland he looks at Poland from distance with great concern and critisism. ‘It’s ,my country, and I have to reveal the absurdities and missuage, specially in the field of visual stratum, because I cannot accept trivalisation and appropriation of meaning.’

José Krijnen born in 1972 in a southern, caltholic region of Netherlands. She was born in a medium city in southern Netherlands a region known for it’s old catholic tradition. Although already during her bringing up almost no one in her surrounding went to church  – she relates. But what has captured her attention for it was the preserved cultural heritage: paintings, sculptures and architecture. It was the time of her first meetings and steps in the art field. She studied humanistic sciences, which included philosophy, antrophology, socjology and methodology and afterwards visual arts at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Hague. During that period she studied the altar in Isenheim, painted between the year 1512 and 1516. Thereby she crossed the term of human gesture, that hasn’t left her since. She thinks of herself as an archeologist, that reveals the meaning of gesture in time and historical context. Except the obvious hand gesture she has explored it’s concept in the Chinesse culture as well. ‘A humans gesture is an ambigous, timeless phenomena, but at the same time it’s passing, cultural, and than again universal. It’s omnipresent in the history of art, but always related to certain time and context. It’s beautiful and weird, full, but empty at once. I’m creating my own language of gesture, painting shortened images of people. I take great care about details of clothing, that they were. The types and figures compete for our interest. Thanks to the develpoment they have become a part of a greater installations, similarly to a collage.’

Wiki Królikowska is a Polish songwriter, singer, journalist and performer. She is a leader and founder of an independent band Krem and a producer of many music videos. Her recent work has been focused on VTL (Video Tune Lyrics). She makes DIY clips which are a pastiche comment on contemporary trends and culture.