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10 Nov 2018 - 27 Jan 2019

Exhibition: "The Culture Collider: Post-Exotic Art" | Poland

Between 10 November 2018 and 27 January 2019, the Manggha Museum of Japanese Art and Technology, in Kraków, Poland, an ASEMUS member, presents an exhibition entitled "The Culture Collider: Post-Exotic Art". In this project, the Vienna-based curator Goschka Gawlik refers to the situation of contemporary art, which is created in the global village, undergoing ongoing mutations, mutual influences and impacts, using multiplied quotations and references. An international group of artists, using different techniques and styles, share a desire to transcend the frames of their own cultures, an openness and a curiosity for otherness. The European artists gladly refer to the signs, symbols and stereotypes of the Far East. The artists from Asia, who have internalized the achievements of modern art and can use them with ease, while being aware of their own cultural background, engage in a kind of dialogue/game with Western culture. The works on display, already saturated with meanings, interact with one another and take on new meanings. The media include painting, sculpture, objects, installation and video.


Today’s societies in Far Eastern countries (e.g. India, Pakistan, South Korea, North Korea, China, or Vietnam) are becoming more and more modern, increasing their economic influence and cultural self-assurance. In this New Global World, cultural differences gain significance comparable to the importance of ideological, political and economic ones. At this stage of postcolonialism and confronted with the ever-changing economic interrelations and political contradictions, the artists from Asia and Europe who have been invited to take part in the Manggha Museum’s exhibition are trying to answer questions about the cultural condition in terms of history, values, mores, aesthetics, origin, language, the role of institutions, and the revival of religion. In the exhibition "Culture Collider: Post-Exotic Art", the ‘collision’ of Eastern and Western art takes place not as a linear accumulation but rather as congruences and suspenseful comparisons, oppositions and complementations between the various works of art as elementary particles in a selected setting.

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