Lot 8, Łódź Kaliska - Fan (Wachlarz)* - Polish Artists in the spotlight ~ Post-war generation in Central and Eastern Europe - Auctions

Fan (Wachlarz)*


Executed in: 2004

Medium: Fine Art Print on dibond Edition 6/6

Size: 105 x 150 cm

Signed Łódź Kaliska (M. Janiak, A Swietlik, A. Rzepcki, A. Wielogorski)


Private collection, Poland

The work is accompanied by a certificate of authenticity 

Estimate €5,000 - €7,000


Group Łódź Kaliska was founded in Łódź in 1979 by Marek Janiak, Jerzy Koba, Andrzej Kwietniewski, Adam Rzepecki, Andrzej Świetlik and Andrzej Wielogórski. The neo-avant-garde group investigated the photo-media aspect of seeing and recording, through photography, experimental film and performance art, drawing upon the traditions of conceptualism. Works by Lódź Kaliska have been part of many exhibitions in Poland and abroad, such as the Museum of Art, Łódź; Tate Modern & Tate Britain, London, UK; Zachęta – National Gallery of Art, Warsaw, Poland; Museum Jerke, Recklinghausen, Germany; MOCAK, Kraków,  Poland; Museum of Modern Art, Montélimar, France; Galeria Bielska BWA, Bielsko-Biała, Poland; Bad Taste, Tournai, Belgium; Kunstram Kreuzberg/Bethanien, Berlin; Atelier 340 Muzeum, Brussels; National Museum in Kielce, Poland; Gallery WM, Amsterdam, Netherlands; Ujazdowski Castle, Centre for Contemporary Art, Warsaw, Poland; Bunkier Sztuki, Kraków, Poland; National Art Museum, Riga, Latvia, and Festival Altonale 9, Hamburg, Germany. 


The Łódź Kaliska group was established in 1979 during the plein-air in Darłowo as a neo-avant-garde formation. From the beginning it was composed of artists Marek Janiak, Andrzej Kwietniewski, Adam Rzepecki, Andrzej Świetlik, and Makary (Andrzej Wielogórski). Since the group’s formation, the artistic program used Dadaist strategies in happenings and performed anarchist actions. They also ridiculed the Polish neo-avant-garde and highlighted the absurdity of life in Polish society. In 1989, the group changed its name to Łódź Kaliska, mixing their Dadaist attitude with an interest in postmodernism. This could be seen in group’s "staged photography" and films, which they created by making pastiches of famous paintings and films. The work Wachlarz is part of the New Pop series, which started in 2000, and represents the group's strategy of annexing the gains of art relative to mass culture. New Pop is a series of manifestos and artistic actions.


The work was the cover of the book Mistrzowie ostentacyjnych transgresji, Ewa Nowina-Sroczyńskiej; On the cover of ‘Arteon’ (Magazyn o Sztuce), November 2004 issue

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