From Poland with Love

Letters to Harald Szeemann

A tribute in letters to the legendary curator Harald Szeemann

 

Title Information

Anda Rottenberg

1st edition

, 2019

Hardback

200 pages, 78 color and 14 b/w illustrations

17 x 24 cm

ISBN 978-3-85881-842-3

In collaboration with Muzeum Susch / Art Stations Foundation CH

Content

Over the period of twelve months, between May 2017 and 2018, Polish-born curator and critic Anda Rottenberg has written a series of fictitious letters to legendary curator and writer Harald Szeemann (1933–2005). In these pieces, Rottenberg analyzes the art and nature of curating and reveals references and relations in the history of art. She questions female artistic positions both in the Eastern and Western Europe and so encourages new individual readings of them. Her letters express a unique rhetoric that take-up questions and polemic judgements to amalgamate individual opinion and objective knowledge into a personal history.

This is the first publication of the much acclaimed new Muzeum Susch, an initiative of the Polish entrepreneur and art collector Grażyna Kulczyk and her Art Stations Foundation CH.

Authors & Editors

Anda Rottenberg

 is a curator, art critic and writer based in Warsaw and Tavira, Portugal. She has been director of Warsaw’s Zachęta National Gallery of Art 1993–2001 and has curated numerous exhibitions in various European countries

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Piotr Uklański, Real Nazis, 2017, permanent installation at Muzeum Susch, courtesy the artist and Muzeum Susch/Art Stations Foundation CH. © photo: Studio Stefano Graziani

Anda Rottenberg reads Harald Szeemann’s statement at the press conference, Zachęta Gallery, 13 December 2000. © photo: Anna Pietrzak-Bartos, Archive of Zachęta – National Gallery of Art, Warsaw

Harald Szeemann guides the Polish president Aleksander Kwaśniewski through the exhibition, 15 December 2000. © photo: Anna Pietrzak-Bartos, Archive of Zachęta – National Gallery of Art, Warsaw

Interiors of Muzeum Susch. © Studio Stefano Graziani, Muzeum Susch/Art Stations Foundation CH

Harald Szeemann’s opening speech under Krzysztof Bednarski’s Moby Dick, 1987. © photo: Anna Pietrzak-Bartos, Archive of Zachęta – National Gallery of Art, Warsaw

Exhibition Harald Szeemann: Museum of Obsessions, Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles, February 2018, showcase. © photo: Anda Rottenberg

Piotr Uklański, Untitled (Story of the Eye), 2013, permanent installation at Muzeum Susch courtesy the artist and Muzeum Susch/Art Stations Foundation CH. © photo: Studio Stefano Graziani

Heidi Bucher Herrenzimmer, 1977–1979, permanent installation at Muzeum Susch, courtesy the Estate of Heidi Bucher and Muzeum Susch/Art Stations Foundation CH. © photo: Studio Stefano Graziani

 

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