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Centre of Contemporary Art Znaki Czasu in Torun Presents The Melancholy of Resistance. Works from the collection of M HKA Museum of Contemporary Art Antwerp

The Centre of Contemporary Art Znaki Czasu in Torun presents The Melancholy of Resistance. Works from the collection of M HKA Museum of Contemporary Art Antwerp, open through 30 January 2011.

The Melancholy of Resistance is the third foreign collection being presented in CoCA in Torun. It focuses on that part of the M HKA collection that is oriented towards Post-Soviet Art, basing on a selection of its works acquired in relation to the project Europe at Large and the formerly acquired works from Eastern Europe.

The exhibition constitutes an attempt to acknowledge the voices of private mythologies after the fall of totalizing narratives. It presents a number of works by artists from the former USSR, whom one might think of as parts of a social orchestra. The space where the main part of the exhibition takes place, is—on account of its construction and dimensions—a natural space for dialogue and encounter. The exhibition display provides the collection with a space through which its potentiality comes into play, revealing differences between presented artistic strategies and attitudes. The title of the exhibition was adopted from the title of László Krasznahorkai’s novel, The Melancholy of Resistance, which tells the story of a small Hungarian town visited by a traveling circus. A key character of the novel is a man named György Eszter, a retired music teacher who renounces social life. He has locked himself away in his own house, searching for a new social and musical order within the confines of this space, believing that the discovery of new rules of harmony, different from those of Werckmeister, will lead to the birth of a new community.

4 December 2010 – 13 February 2011

artists: Dinie Besems, Cynthia Hathaway, Guy Keulemans, Bartosz Mucha, Leonard van Munster, Eric von Robertson, Yuri Suzuki & Abäke.
curated by Joanna van der Zanden
graphic design: Rafał Jara & Urszula Jara
opening: 3rd December, 7 PM

CoCA has invited Joanna van der Zanden to curate an unusual family exhibition, based on various perceptions of space. The Tag! Base! Hide and Seek project is an attempt to explore room for play within a formal institutional setting and to get away from the dogma’s of visiting an exhibition in silence and passively following the narrative of the curator. It will encourage visitors to move, act, observe, communicate and connect differently and to set their own rules. It is also an awareness show about the growing need for private space and hideaways.

Tag! Base! Hide and Seek a celebration of the individual altering the set of rules, leaving tags and traces, and therefore becoming an instant creative; it touches the subject of defined and undefined space in an interactive way, making it a very personal experience.

New Artistic Director at CoCA!
From January 2011, the Centre invites you to see shows from the four-year exhibition programme by Dobrila Denegri, new CoCA’s Artistic Director.

Dobrila Denegri is art historian and independent curator. Since the early 90’s she has curated many exhibitions, workshops an art projects within various international institutions. She worked as a curator for MACRO in Rome, and as a professor at the La Sapienza University Fashion Department. Since 2001, she works as the artistic director of nKA / ICA – an independent cultural association, organizing the “Real Presence” project, the largest workshop for young artists that operate in the Balkan region (

artists: Vycheslav Akhunov,Victor Alimpiev, Sergey Bratkov, Collective Actions, Hamlet Hovsepian, Ilya and Emilia Kabakov, Rustam Khalfin, Sergey Maslov, Andrei Monastyrski, Anatoly Osmolovsky, Koka Ramishvili, Yelena and Viktor Vorobyev, Marian Zhunin
curated by: Daniel Muzyczuk & Agnieszka Pindera
graphic design: Yomar Augusto

Centre of Contemporary Art Znaki Czasu in Torun
Waly gen. Sikorskiego 13
87-100 Torun, Poland

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