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Natalia LL. Sum ergo sum

Date: 16 March 2018 00:00 - 22 April 2018 00:00


M. Žilinskas Art Gallery, Nepriklausomybės Sq. 12, Kaunas

Natalia Lach-Lachowicz – Natalia LL – is one of the most important Polish artists of the second half of the twentieth century. The exhibition Sum ergo sum is retrospective in character as it attempts to capture and summarise the oeuvre of the artist in its entirety: from her earliest works created in the 1960s to the most recent ones from the year 2016. It was first presented in the Centre of Contemporary Art ‘Znaki Czasu’ in Toruń in 2017. This is the most comprehensive presentation of the artist’s works in her entire career. In addition to the works which have already become part of the canon of Polish modern art, such as Consumer Art or Post-Consumer Art, the exhibition also includes some of the less commonly known works, in particular those which were previously presented only once and as a result, despite their importance for Natalia LL’s artistic output, have become nearly forgotten.

The exhibition avoids following the chronological order and focuses instead on emphasising the multitude of ideas which have marked the milestones, as it were, in the artist’s career. By focusing on the themes and individual elements of Natalia LL’s interests, the viewer can analyse the evolution of artistic attitudes and the numerous links between its subsequent stages. The relations between them form a coherent narrative, a story about the creative work of the artist, whose life has always been concentrated on art. The Latin title of the exhibition, Sum ergo sum (I am, therefore I am), refers directly to the presence of the artist both in the world of art and in the world around us; it serves as an impulse towards contemplating our presence and existence.

Several ephemeral works have been reconstructed for this exhibition, such as the installations prepared in the past for individual exhibitions, dismantled after the presentation on account of being difficult to store. The reconstruction has been possible owing to the numerous photographic records held in the artist’s collection and the relevant archival material kept in various art museums in Poland. Among the reconstructed works is Intimate Sphere or Panic Space, both of which are examples of fine-art photography in a broader sense. The exhibition also includes a selection of films documenting the artistic work of Natalia LL.

Exhibition works: 16 03 2018–22 04 2018