Oct 22–Dec 31, 2021

The space-time of the collection

ul. Bernardynska 5, Wroclaw 50-156 Map
Tue+Fri-Sun 11 am-5 pm, Wed 10 am-4 pm, Thu 12 am-7 pm

Shaping and experiencing space, the harmony and physical properties of colors, the optics of light, the kinetics of rhythms and the proportions of shapes were all referred to in the exhibition Contemporary Art Related to Architecture, opened at the Museum of Architecture in 1977 . Ideological and formal links . This exhibition was a prelude to the (no longer existing) permanent presentation of the art collections of the Museum of Architecture, which was to constitute a constantly updated, open laboratory of formal experiences in relations between visual arts and contemporary architecture.

The space-time of the collectionit refers to the idea of the exhibition from 1977 and takes us to the sixties and seventies, when art collections were gathered in the "visual arts related to architecture" section. The contemporary art collection of the Museum of Architecture, which today numbers almost one hundred and one hundred objects, was built in 1966 on the basis of the belief in the similarities and mutual influence of art and architecture. The collection is dominated by works of a "rational nature, based on criteria similar to the methods used in the exact sciences, and formally falling within the current of geometric abstraction." They mostly refer to the traditions and experiences of constructivism, with its idea of a synthesis of art, science and technical knowledge. However, it often happens that geometry abandons the orthogonal order here, creating organic forms,

For the exhibition Space-Time of Collectionconsists of over eighty paintings, sketches, graphics, reliefs, spatial objects and models that refer to the revolutionary avant-garde of the interwar period, developing constructivist themes in the art of the 1960s and 1970s. The presented examples of geometric abstraction coexist with op-art illusions of space, objects crossing the boundaries of traditionally understood image and artistic disciplines, as well as projects that annex the real space of exhibition halls and the real tissue of the city. Compiled with each other in contractual subsets, they provide an opportunity to reflect on the meaning and place of the collection changing in time and space,

The space-time of the collection is also the first occasion in two decades for a wide presentation of works kept every day in museum stores, which - for the most part - belong to the canon of Polish and European contemporary art of the second half of the 20th century.