The Summons of Contemporary Art

On September 11, 2013 at the Center for Urban History’s conference room was held a discussion with noted art critics and art historians from Poland – Anda Rottenberg (Warsaw), Maria Anna Potocky (Cracow), and Dorota Monkiewicz (Wrocław).

Moderator for the event will be Bohdan Shumylovych.

At a time when global trends arising in so-called ‘cultural centers’ dominate the world of culture, how does cultural withstand marginalization and maintain its identity? How does contemporary art collection influence society, and society correspondingly influence contemporary art? What should an art curator at the dawn of this new millennium look like? We explored these and other themes during the discussion.

Anda Rottenberg is among the most known Polish art historians; critic and frequent exhibition curator, a member of the International Association of Art Critics (AICA). Between 1973 and 1986 she worked at the Polish Academy of Science, researching contemporary art where she co-authored the "Polish Art Studies" compendium ("Polskie Studia Artystyczne").

Maria Anna Potocka – is known Polish art critic and curator, the founder of the first independent contemporary art gallery in communist Poland. She is a member of the International Association of Art Critics (AICA), and the International Association of Curators of Contemporary Art, (IKT). The author of a series of articles, publications, and books on the aesthetics and history of art.

Dorota Monkiewicz is among Poland’s noted art critics, curator of the contemporary art at the Warsaw National Museum. She established contemporary art Foundation at the Warsaw National Museum and for certain period managed the Polish chapter of the International Art Critics Association (AICA).

The discussion hold as part of the 20th Lviv Publishers’ Forum and the 8th Lviv International Literature Festival, in the "Poland: the Forum’s Honored Guest" program. The discussion hold in Polish, English, and Ukrainian.

Video from the discussion: