5 September 2018 Exhibitions during Conrad Festival

Murder in a Lift Shaft, Orient. The New East in the Art by Artists from Central and Eastern Europe, Literary Krakow, Sharp like an Eagle and Brave like a Lion. NiePOPrawna Lou Andreas-Salomé, Trees, No Matter Where in the World. For years, exhibitions have been an important point on the map of festival events. We encourage you to visit the Bunker of Art Gallery, the Pedagogical University, Nuremberg House Gallery, the Voivodeship Public Library in Krakow, the Ethnographic Museum in Krakow and the Wyspiański Pavilion. As always, the exhibitions will inspire the festival audience to search for exceptional relations between literature and visual arts. 

What is awaiting fans of literature and fine arts this year? On October 23rd, join us at the Wyspiański Pavilion for the opening of the Murder in the Lift Shaft exhibition, which will be open until November 23rd. The starting point for its creation were the text by Walter Benjamin and Bertolt Brecht, who did not refrain from crossing the limits. Their literary output covers an impressive spectrum of topics, ways of expression and genres – including a crime novel, which they decided to write in 1933. What remained of this project were notes preserved in the archives of both writers. Steffen Thiemann presented the story invented by the writers with a series of woodcuts, giving the reader the opportunity to taste the jokes created by the great writers in the form of a graphic novel. Admission to the event is free.

From September 22nd, the Bunker of Art Gallery will host the Orient. New East in the Art by Artists from Central and Eastern Europe, which constitutes a part of the international Trauma & Revival project, carried out with the support of the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union. The exhibition will be open until December 9th. The Orient exhibition is devoted to reflections on the identity of Central and Eastern Europe as well as various attitudes and artistic practices taken up by artists. It reflects on our common experiences, beliefs and strategies as the residents of this heterogeneous region. Admission with tickets only.

The Pedagogical University will turn into Literary Krakow. From September 24th to November 7th, you will have an opportunity to admire an exhibition created to celebrate the 5th anniversary of Krakow becoming the UNESCO City of Literature. Visitors will get to know Wisława Szymborska and Joseph Conrad’s relationships with Krakow, as well as the factors and interesting bits of trivia concerning Krakow as the UNESCO City of Literature. The exhibition is presented in the main hall of the library at Podchorążych 2. Admission to the event is free.

Eagle-eyed and Brave like a Lion. This perfectly describes Lou Andreas-Salomé and there is no doubt about it. The opening of the exhibition will take place in the Nuremberg House Gallery before the exhibition is opened to general public. Lou Andreas-Salomé was an outstanding woman. In Rome, she met Paul Rée and that acquaintance led her to meeting Friedrich Nietzsche. In 1887, she married Friedrich Carl Andreas. Ten years later she met Rainer Maria Rilke. In 1912, she became friends with Sigmund Freud. She also had friendly relations with Gerard and Carl Hauptmann, Frank Wedekind, Arthur Schnitzler and many other well-known artists and intellectuals. She was intellectually active until the last days of her life. She left a significant legacy – twenty books, numerous essay studies and many smaller works on various subjects. Admission to the event is free.

An unusual world of trees by Piotr Socha in the form of a large-format exhibition. The detailed, intricately composed illustrations complemented with a sizeable dose of knowledge about trees were transferred to large canvasses. The colourful illustrations are full of detail and the short, accessible text not only explains what can be seen in the pictures, but also contains a lot of additional information and trivia. The Trees exhibition by Piotr can be seen from October 17th to October 31st at the Voivodeship Public Library in Krakow.

No Matter Where in the World is an exhibition of works by Stanisław Baj. We would like to invite you to a meeting with the painter and Wiesław Myśliwski, which will take place on October 21st at 5:00 p.m. in the Town Hall at Wolnica Square 1 and a guided tour with the curator on October 24th at 5:00 p.m. in the Ethnographic Museum at Krakowska 46. Admission to the curator’s guided tour will be free.