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17.07.24 Lecture

Katarzyna Kobro (1898-1951): Sculptor of Modernism

Sculpture is spatial compositionˈ – the essence of Katarzyna Kobro’s work can be summarised briefly and precisely with this artistic motto. Our lecture offers a much deeper insight: Dr Małgorzata Jędrzejczyk, curator and co-director of the Exercising Modernity programme, takes a broad view and this time talks about a Polish artist whose work and life she researched as part of her doctorate.

The lecture is part of the programme accompanying the exhibition “Liberated Twice”. Accordingly, a guided tour of the exhibition will take place before the event at 5 pm.

Katarzyna Kobro was a sculptor with German-Russian roots and one of the leading figures of the Polish avant-garde in the interwar period. Her biography therefore not only reflects significant changes in the art of the early 20th century, but also reflects the complicated political situation in Central and Eastern Europe. This also includes her idea of emancipation as a path and a goal, as well as her belief in an inspiring and affirming art that existed beyond political boundaries.

Dr Małgorzata Jędrzejczyk – art historian, curator and head of the “Exercising Modernity” programme at the Pilecki Institute in Berlin. She studied art history at the Jagiellonian University in Krakow, the University of Vienna and the Humboldt University in Berlin. She received her doctorate from the Jagiellonian University in 2022 with a thesis on the concept of space in the work of Katarzyna Kobro. She is the author and editor of numerous publications on 20th and 21st century art and architecture, including “Katarzyna Kobro. The Movement of Space-Time” or “Composition of Space. Sculptures of the Avant-Garde (2019)”. She has curated various exhibitions, including “Sections. Gallery of Polish Architecture of the 20th/21st Century” (National Museum in Krakow), “Composing Space. Sculptures of the Avant-Garde” (Muzeum Sztuki, Łódź).

The lecture will be held in German.

17.07.2024, 18.00 | Pariser Platz 4A, 10117 Berlin


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