Curators: Agnieszka Jacobson-Cielecka and Pawel Grobelny
Third of the series of co-curated exhibitions (after Unpolished and Polished Up). Moderna was exhibited in Helsinki at Habitare, as a part of Helsinki Design Week 2015, in Stalowa Wola as a part of Design Days 2015 and in Lublin / Dni Modernizmu 2016.
There are different definitions of modernism. Some of them relate to the historical period, other to formal characteristics. We understand modernism, colloquially referred to as ‘moderna’ in the title of the exhibition, as a way of thinking. The balance of form and function, sincerity of material, combination of repeating industrial production with handicraft complex details. We think that this cooperation between the designer and the craftsperson and the industry is the most important characteristic of the ‘modern’ way of thinking which may be observed in today’s design. While preparing the exhibition we have decided to present implemented Polish projects and concepts realised in short series which although they have the same design specification, they differ among each other because such is the characteristics of the material or method of production chosen by the designer.
The work prepared specially for the exhibition by a young designer Alicja Patanowska in cooperation with ‘KROSNO’ Glassworks in Krosno and ‘Manufaktura’ Stoneware Factory in Bolesławiec is an important part of the project. These objects realise the theme of the ‘industry + handicraft’ exhibition in a particular way. The prototypes presented at the exhibition have a potential to be implemented and at the same time they are characterized by a great attention to detail derived from the best models of cooperation
with craftspeople. We hope that this presentation will contribute to the revival of interwar period tradition of cooperation between designers, craftspeople and the industry which is characteristic for Polish modernism, especially for Stalowa Wola – a modernist town established in 1930s according to the specifications we selected for the exhibition: balance of form and function, sincerity of material, combination of repeating industrial production with handicraft complex details.
Producer Regional Museum in Stalowa Wola.
Photos: Paweł Grobelny