The official opening of the exhibition Happy Birthday will take place on 8th September at Galeria Foto-Medium-Art. This exhibition of works created by Wincenty Dunikowski-Duniko is the first individual presentation of his artistic ouevre in Cracow in the last 12 years.
The exhibition features a selection of characteristic works from the period between the 1970s and today. The early series Moment Art is represented by the work called Hammering Artist (1976), among others. Another decade of creative activities is reflected by works from the Ready For Use series (1980) and New”New” Revolution (1985), which deal with the issues rooted in modern civilization aspects. The Point of No Return series, started in 1992 and continued until now, shows his explorations in the 1990s. The exhibition is completed by Art Playing Table (1976/95) installation from Current Programme series, which goes back to the 1970s (my best video is current programme, 1974). This series was first exhibited, like the other series, including Projections (1973/4), in the form of drawings, projects and graphics, which are still used today.
Wincenty Dunikowski-Duniko was born in 1947. In 1974 he graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Cracow. He currently lives and works in Bonn, Berlin and Cracow. Duniko’s experiments are rooted in artistic changes initiated by conceptual art experiences. His interdisciplinary artistic activities can be divided into two areas. The first one is focused on the issue of form development and integrates almost all means of creation – he practiced crossover in his art long before the term was established. His leitmotiv is a motto I am always changing (1972) and extensive theory Power of Conceptualization – Art Energy (1972/3). The second area is connected with broadening the notion of art. Intellectual explorations are usually accompanied by rebellious syndromes which are expressed by the to be is to be against manifesto (1973) – he has often been described as “anarchist without a cause.”
He had already earned international recognition in the mid-1970s for his work series called Albums (1971), Projections (1973/4) and Moment Art (1976), which have won prizes at prestigious exhibitions in Poland and abroad. He participated in Polish 1970s avant-grade exhibitions. In the 1980s and 1990s he focused mainly on installations and works from the above-mentioned series Ready for Use and Current Programme, which were exhibited in Kassel, Heidelberg, Mulhous, Berlin, Ludwigshafen, Orońsk, Warsaw and Melbourne. The break of the 20th and 21st centuries was marked by retrospective exhibitions which included series from the 1980s and 1990s (in Cracow, Heidelberg and Orońsk).
Works by Wincenty Dunikowski-Duniko can be found in many collections, including the National Museum in Warsaw, Nationalgalerie in Berlin, Schering Kunstverein in Berlin, Bank of America in San Francisco, Moderna Galerija in Ljubljana, Museum of the Southwest in Midland, Texas, and others.
The exhibition will be open to public until 10 November 2007.
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