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"L’Europe des Artistes" is a cultural project on an unprecedented scale: this is a multi-faceted research project unfolding into conferences, events, exhibitions, and publications, dedicated to young contemporary European artists.

It is designed and developed in close collaboration, and over several years, by major European art institutions: Astrup Fearnley Museet in Oslo, Beyeler Foundation in Basel, LVHMs Foundation for Contemporary Art in Paris, and by the curator Hans Ulrich Obrist.

FROM A TO Ż. A Brief Introduction to the Polish Contemporary Art Scene by Sebastian Cichocki and Kaja Pawełek 

This thematic evening takes place on 18 April at Astrup Fearnley Museet and looks at the Polish contemporary art scene – its infrastructure, new and old heroes, hopes, failures and desires. It will include a radically dense overview of 20 emerging Polish artists, selected by KAJA PAWEŁEK, the curator of Centre for Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle in Warsaw, as well as "an abridged dictionary of Polish art", a visual essay compiled and commented by SEBASTIAN CICHOCKI from the Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw. 

The participants:
SEBASTIAN CICHOCKI (b. 1975) – curator and writer, lives in Warsaw. Deputy Director at the Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw. Curator of numerous individual and group exhibitions, including Monika Sosnowska’s exhibition in the Polish Pavilion in the 52 Venice Biennale and Yael Bartana in the 54. Venice Biennale. Curated and co-curated such exhibitions as "New National Art" (Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw); "Early Years" (KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin); The Sculpture Park in Bródno, (incl. Susan Philips, Olafur Eliasson, Jens Haaning, Paweł Althamer and Rirkrit Tiravanija, since 2009). Author of exhibition projects in the form of publications, e.g. "A Cookbook for Political Imagination" (with Galit Eilat), "The Future of Art Criticism as Pure Fiction", "Spoken Exhibitions. An Institutional Opera in Three Acts" (with Michał Libera, Grzegorz Piątek and Jarosław Trybuś) and "Mirage" (with Łukasz Jastrubczak).

KAJA PAWEŁEK (b. 1979) – art historian and curator, works at the Centre for Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle in Warsaw. Curated and co-curated projects such as 'Ten Percent White' (CCA Ujazdowski Castle, 2012) 'Double Game' (1st Kyiv Contemporary Art Biennial, 2012), 'Banksia!' public project (together with Jakub Szczęsny, IASKA, Western Australia, 2011), ArtBoom Festival 2011 (Martha Rosler & Pau Faus, Kraków 2011) a group exhibition 'Diverçity. Learning from Istanbul' (CCA Ujazdowski Castle, 2010), 'Yoko Ono. Fly' (CCA Ujazdowski Castle, 2008), public project 'Oxygenator' by Joanna Rajkowska (Grzybowski Square, Warsaw 2007), and 'Stand by me' public project by office for subversive architecture (Komuna Warszawa, Warsaw, 2010). Editor and author of many reviews, interviews and texts in catalogues and publications dedicated to individual artists and contemporary art. Particularly interested in the interdisciplinary relations of visual arts, architecture and public interventions. 

On "L’Europe des artistes":
The project "L’Europe des artistes" will result in a major exhibition bringing together artists from all over Europe, which will be presented from the year 2014 in the institutions that initiated it before travelling to other museums in Europe and the world.

This exhibition will be preceded by – and prepared through - a series of conferences that will start from the beginning of 2013 and will continue until the first opening of the exhibition in 2014. This program consists of thematic evenings to be held every two months during the years 2013 and 2014 in the different partner institutions. These evening lectures will be the first public manifestation of the project "Europe of artists".

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