Diogo Pimentão

Diogo Pimentão

Extended Meaning

Opening: Friday, 14 September 2018 from 6 to 9 pmThe show is open in parallel at Kunstraum Botschaft / Camões Berlim:Kunstraum Botschaft / Camões Berlim, Zimmerstr. 55, 10177, Berlin

Exhibition: 24 November, 2018 – 16 February, 2019

Stanisław Dróżdż | On Kawara | Jarosław Kozłowski | Roman Opałka | Barbara Schmidt Heins | Gabriele Schmidt Heins

Continuum

Opening: Friday, 29 June 2018 from 6 to 9 pm
Exhibition: 30 May – 08 September, 2018

photo: Jarosław Kozłowski, Continuum XL, performance at Galeria Entropia, Wroclaw 2018
Stanisław Dróżdż | On Kawara | Jarosław Kozłowski | Roman Opałka | Barbara Schmidt Heins | Gabriele Schmidt Heins
Tomek Baran

Tomek Baran

Black Mirror

Opening: Friday, 27 April 2018 from 6 to 9 pm
Exhibition: 26 April – 23 June, 2018

We are proud to present, as part of Gallery Weekend Berlin 2018, the first solo show of Tomek Baran at ŻAK | BRANICKA, marking the beginning of our cooperation with the artist.

PAWEŁ KSIĄZEK

Parallels

Opening: Friday, 16 February, 2018, from 6 to 9 pm
Exhibition: 17 February – 21 April, 2018


ŻAK | BRANICKA is delighted to present the exhibition Parallels, the new solo show of Paweł Książek at the gallery.
PAWEŁ KSIĄZEK
Jarosław Kozłowski

Jarosław Kozłowski

Words and Colors

Opening: Friday, 24 November, 2017, from 6 to 9 pm
Exhibition: 25 November, 2017 – 10 February, 2018

ŻAK | BRANICKA is delighted to present the exhibition Words and Colors with works by Jarosław Kozłowski – the artist’s first solo exhibition as well as the beginning of his cooperation with the gallery. 

Marlena Kudlicka

Elements of Peaceful Engagement
sugar in the ashes
Official Capacity

curated by Niekolaas Johannes Lekkerkerk

Opening: Friday, 15 September 2017, from 6 to 9pm
Exhibition: 16 September – 18 November, 2017

ŻAK | BRANICKA is pleased to present in the frame of Berlin Art Week, the new solo show of Marlena Kudlicka.
Marlena Kudlicka
Robert Kuśmirowski

Robert Kuśmirowski

LINDENSTR. 35 BERLIN

Opening: Friday, April 28 2017, 6 to 9pm
Exhibition: 29 April, 2017 – 01 November, 2017

ŻAK | BRANICKA is pleased to present in the frame of Gallery Weekend, Robert Kuśmirowski’s Lindenstr. 35, Berlin. On this occasion, the gallery’s traditional space will vanish, time will be shifted back about 80 years and history will be relived.

Jasmina Cibic

Firm Foundations

Opening: 20 January, 2017 from 6 to 9pm
Exhibition: 21 January – 08 April, 2017

ŻAK | BRANICKA is delighted to present Firm Foundations by Jasmina Cibic, this will be the artist’s first solo presentation in Berlin and the beginning of her cooperation with the gallery.
Jasmina Cibic
Ryszard Wasko

Ryszard Wasko

Who's Afraid of Colour? (Positive vs. Negative)

Opening: Friday, 28 October 2016, from 6 to 9 pm
Exhibition: 29 October, 2016 – 14 January, 2017

ŻAK | BRANICKA is delighted to present Who’s Afraid Of Colour (Positive vs. Negative) by Ryszard Wasko, marking this as his third exhibition at the gallery.   

Marlena Kudlicka, Diogo Pimentão, Ignacio Uriarte

3/1/1

Opening: Friday, 9 September 2016, from 6 to 9 pm
Exhibition: 10 September – 22 October, 2016

ŻAK | BRANICKA is delighted to present the group exhibition 3/1/1, a collaborative project between the artists Marlena Kudlicka, Ignacio Uriarte and Diogo Pimentão.
Marlena Kudlicka, Diogo Pimentão, Ignacio Uriarte
KwieKulik

KwieKulik

The Monument Without a Passport

Opening: Friday, 29 September 2016, from 6 to 9pm
Exhibition: 28 April – 30 July, 2016

Book Promotion: Friday, Apr 29, 2016 at 5pm in the gallery KWIEKULIK, edited by Łukasz Ronduda and Georg Schöllhammer will be presented at ŻAK | BRANICKA by curator and writer Timothy Persons. A conversation between Zofia Kulik and Timothy Persons will ensue.
Film Screening:     KWIEKULIK – documentary by A. Zakrzewska and J. Turowicz (2011) and videos by KwieKulik
Apr 27 – Apr 30, 4pm at cinema fsk, Segitzdamm 2, 10969 Berlin


ŻAK | BRANICKA is proud to present, in the frame of Gallery Weekend Berlin 2016, a solo exhibition by the artist duo KwieKulik (Przemysław Kwiek, Zofia Kulik), titled The Monument Without a Passport.

Hristina Ivanoska & Yane Calovski

Orphans of Culture, Legends and Heroes Part II

Opening: Friday, 16 January 2016, from 6 to 9pm
Exhibition: 17 January – 23 April, 2016
Hristina Ivanoska & Yane Calovski
Szymon Kobylarz

Szymon Kobylarz

Fibonacci Chaos

Opening: Friday, 13 November 2015, from 6 to 9 pm
Exhibition: 14 November, 2015 – 09 January, 2016

ŻAK | BRANICKA is proud to present Fibonacci Chaos, the third solo show at the gallery by artist Szymon Kobylarz (b.1981, PL). Szymon Kobylarz is an artist who likes to draw from the methods and accomplishments of science.

Ryszard Wasko

Time Sculptures – Conceptual Work from the 1980s.

Opening: Friday, 18 September 2015, from 6 to 9pm
Exhibition: 17 September – 07 November, 2015

On the occasion of the Berlin Art Week 2015, ŻAK | BRANICKA is pleased to present a selection of unknown works by Ryszard Wasko, conceptual artist. After Time Frames – Conceptual Works of the 1970s, Time Sculptures – Conceptual Works of the 1980s is the artist’s second solo exhibition at the gallery. It calls to mind the diversity of recently rediscovered art of the 1980s. The works shown in the exhibition are concerned with sculptures that deal with the ideas of time and space in how we perceive structure from different points of reference. 
Ryszard Wasko
Daniel Buren, Stanisław Dróżdż, Jan Dibbets, Vlatka Horvat, Marlena Kudlicka, KwieKulik, Szymon Kobylarz, Mario Merz, Ryszard Wasko

Daniel Buren, Stanisław Dróżdż, Jan Dibbets, Vlatka Horvat, Marlena Kudlicka, KwieKulik, Szymon Kobylarz, Mario Merz, Ryszard Wasko

The Admirable Number Pi (group show)

Opening: Friday, 26 June 2015, from 6 to 9pm
Exhibition: 27 June – 12 September, 2015

ŻAK | BRANICKA is delighted to present The Admirable Number Pi, a group show whose title was inspired by a poem by Nobel-Prize-winner Wisława Szymborska. The exhibition includes artists from two generations: pioneers of the conceptual movements of the 1960s and 70s (such as Buren, Dróżdż, Dibbets, KwieKulik, Merz, Wasko) and artists of the younger generation (Horvat, Kudlicka, Kobylarz).

Agnieszka Polska

The Body of Words

Opening: Friday, 01 May 2015, from 6 to 9pm
Exhibition: 30 April – 20 June, 2015


As part of the Gallery Weekend Berlin 2015, ŻAK | BRANICKA is pleased to announce The Body of Words, a solo-exhibition by Agnieszka Polska: an emerging artist from the younger generation, who is rapidly growing in the contemporary art scene.
Agnieszka Polska
Magdalena Abakanowicz

Magdalena Abakanowicz

As part of the Gallery Weekend Berlin 2015, ŻAK | BRANICKA is proud to present, for the first time in this magnitude in Berlin, a solo presentation by Magdalena Abakanowicz (b. 1930) at St. Elisabeth Church.The centerpiece of the exhibition is a monumental installation titled Bambini, consisting of 83 life-sized sculptures, which was shown in venues such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York (1999), the Jardins du Palais Royal in Paris (1999), or the Reina Sofia in Madrid (2008). The show will also include the works from the series Backs, Bella I and Bella II. Further works can be seen at the gallery space in Lindenstraße 35.

Location: St. Elisabeth Church, 
Invalidenstr. 3, 
10115 Berlin
Exhibition: April 30 – May 4, 2015, 11–7 pm

Showroom: Magdalena Abakanowicz

Magdalena Abakanowicz, Anatomy 1, 2009, jute, resin, wood and steel, 150 x 48 x 28 cm
Showroom: Magdalena Abakanowicz
Vlatka Horvat | Immeasurables

Vlatka Horvat | Immeasurables

ŻAK | BRANICKA is pleased to present Immeasurables, the second solo exhibition by Vlatka Horvat charting exciting new territory in her work.Investigating the politics and poetics of spatial arrangement, order and organization, interpersonal and social relations, Vlatka Horvat’s practice explores the characteristics of interaction between the body, the built environment and the objects that inhabit it. In her collages, photographs and installations, Horvat often places the body in awkward, puzzling and uncanny positions, situating it on the horizon of objecthood – a move which questions the stability of categories and structures through which social and political meaning is made. Whilst the body in Horvat’s work is repeatedly depicted as disjointed and discombobulated, situated between functional and dysfunctional, between subject and object, the space in which it performs its often absurdist and Dadaist operations, is itself ‘out of joint’.

Pawel Ksiazek | Figures

ŻAK | BRANICKA gallery is proud to present the third solo exhibition by Paweł Ksi? żek, titled Figures.
The word "figure" derives from the Latin language; it can be abbreviated as "fig." or symbolised by the Greek letter "φ", which refers to the figure, can be a symbol of luminous flux as well as golden ratio. Paweł Ksi? żek uses this ambiguity as the starting point for his new series of paintings entitled Figures.
Pawel Ksiazek | Figures
Dominik Lejman | dis/connected

Dominik Lejman | dis/connected

ŻAK | BRANICKA gallery is proud to present the third solo exhibition by Dominik Lejman, titled dis/connected.
Dominik Lejman's art work has its roots in traditional painting, but goes far beyond its limits. With his unique technique, Lejman combines painting and video projections. In this way, the artist introduces the factor of time to the painting: "painting with time code.” His murals - or "video- frescoes" - also derive from old painting traditions. These are wall compositions, in which, instead of paint, Lejman uses light projected directly on walls, buildings, or in the public space. 

Michał Jankowski | Good Night

ŻAK | BRANICKA is pleased to present an exhibition of new works by Michal Jankowski under the title Good Night. The exhibition will take place in the gallery's showroom.Michał Jankowski takes the viewer on a phantasmagorical journey to a world in which subconscious thoughts are brought to the surface and left uncensored. In their morbidity, ambiguity and incredible tactility, the artistʼs works evoke a series of sensations when viewed over a period of time. Jankowski pushes his subjects to the limits of their legibility as images, whilst at the same time building bridges to entirely new worlds of interpretation; each uniquely constructed for, and essentially by, every new observer.
Michał Jankowski | Good Night
Zofia Kulik | Instead of Sculpture -? Sequences 1968-71

Zofia Kulik | Instead of Sculpture -? Sequences 1968-71

For this year’s Gallery Weekend Berlin ŻAK | BRANICKA is delighted to present an exhibition by Zofia Kulik, entitled Instead of Sculpture – Sequences 1968-71.

This exhibition is a double "return" for the artist: a return to her solo work after several years spent working on the archive and publishing a monumental monograph dedicated to the artistic duo KwieKulik , and also a return to her earliest artistic explorations; to her graduation work created in 1970/71 at the Sculpture Department of the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw. This project has not seen the light of day for over four and a half decades, and was never finally edited. Selected fragments from this work will be presented for the first time as a photo sequences at ŻAK | BRANICKA.

Joanna Rajkowska | Gold, Silver, Brass

A recurring theme in Joanna Rajkowska's works is collective memory. This is often central to her works in public spaces, for example, Greetings from Jerusalem Avenue (2002, Warsaw), or Benjamin in Konya (2010, Turkey). Rajkowska sometimes uses private mythologies in her work, which in her interpretation become a universal story.

The exhibition Gold, Silver, Brass includes works created by Rajkowska over the past six years. The starting point is the artist's family history – an ordinary bourgeois family from Warsaw, their story similar to that of thousands of other families, which together shaped the identity of Eastern Europe and its collective memory in the 20th century. 

Joanna Rajkowska's works are an invocation of the past. Beneath the superficiality of everyday life the artist reveals layers of memory and touches the wounds of the past, from which we all bear scars.
Joanna Rajkowska | Gold, Silver, Brass
Ryszard Wasko | Time Frames - conceptual work from the 70s.

Ryszard Wasko | Time Frames - conceptual work from the 70s.

Ryszard Wasko is a legendary figure in Polish conceptual art. His role as an artist cannot be divorced from his role as a curator and organizer of some of the most important art events behind the Iron Curtain. Over thirty years after his last international show at Museum Folkwang in Essen (1981), ŻAK | BRANICKA has the honor of presenting
a selection of the artist's works from the 1970s.The 1970s were a key period for Wasko. As a member of Warsztat Formy Filmowej [Film Form Studio] (1970-1976) tied to Łódzka Szkoła Filmowa [Film School in Łódź] (whose other members included Paweł Kwiek, Józef Robakowski, and Zbigniew Rybczyński), Wasko concentrated on the conceptual analysis of the medium: at this time he created films, video art, photographs, installations, and drawings in which time, space, movement, and perception were the main subjects. These elements were analytically broken down into their basic components, allowing the artist to deconstruct the medium: photography and video.

Natalia Stachon | The Problem of the Calm

You are cordially invited to the exhibition opening on Friday, November 1, 2013 from 6 to 9 pm.ŻAK | BRANICKA is delighted to present the first solo exhibition of the artist Natalia Stachon entitled The Problem of the Calm. The young artist investigates the relationships of space and matter, sensory impressions and experience, form and surface in her works. In the process, the site of art morphs into a stage, habitual conceptions of image are overruled or reinterpreted.

The eponymous work is an installation conceived specially for ŻAK | BRANICKA that completely takes up the space. Stainless steel cables, with different formations of glass insulators and stainless steel elements hanging from their ends, stretch from one wall to another. The materials are reminiscent of high-voltage power lines; defunctionalized as weights they generate a new sort of tension, in which the cables regroup to form a space-encompassing design.

"Places find me. And they change me. It is always a journey with an unknown outcome.”
Natalia Stachon | The Problem of the Calm
Szymon Kobylarz | Art for Art´s Sake

Szymon Kobylarz | Art for Art´s Sake

You are cordially invited to the exhibition opening on Friday, September 20, 2013 from 6 to 10 pm.ŻAK | BRANICKA is thrilled to present the second solo show at the gallery by Szymon Kobylarz, titled Art for Art’s Sake.

The idea for his latest project was born in 2011, when Kobylarz made the "Magazynier" [Storehouse Attendant] installation at Kronika Gallery in Bytom. He used some of his previous works in constructing it, dismantling and reusing them as building materials. This sort of recycling or utilization of art was not only a way of cleaning out his storeroom, but also expressed a doubt of sorts: "I wonder about the sense in physically producing works of art,” says Kobylarz.

Marlena Kudlicka | the weight of 8

You are cordially invited to the exhibition opening on Friday, June 21, 2013 from 6 to 9 pm. ŻAK | BRANICKA Gallery is pleased to present the weight of 8, our first exhibition of Marlena Kudlicka's work.  Specially prepared for the gallery space, the artist has created an installation consisting of three objects along with a narrative, the key to which is the title of the exhibit. The weight of 8 is a description of the relationship between space and language. The artist says that "Letters and words serve to describe a space, while numbers do the same for its measurements.  Words are not, however, capable of precisely expressing something, as they constitute a subjective evaluation, yet numbers code precision.  I join both forms in a new language."
Marlena Kudlicka | the weight of 8
Valie Export: Bilder der BerÜhrung [Images of Contingence]

Valie Export: Bilder der BerÜhrung [Images of Contingence]

VALIE EXPORT, Fragmente der Bilder einer Berührung, 1994, installation, installation view, ŻAK | BRANICKA, 2013
© VALIE EXPORT

Opening April 26, 2013, 6 to 9 pm in the frame of Gallery Weekend Berlin 2013
Opening times during Gallery Weekend Berlin 2013: Saturday and Sunday from 11 am to 7 pm
Screening of METANOIA: 29 videos by VALIE EXPORT June 6, 11 am to 9 pm
ŻAK | BRANICKA is delighted to present Bilder der Berührung [Images of Contingence], an exhibition of works by VALIE EXPORT to be shown during the Gallery Weekend Berlin 2013. The exhibition highlights the artist’s groundbreaking expressions of physical contact and its implications in various media, including installation, drawing, photography, film and archival materials. The title of the exhibition is rooted in VALIE EXPORT’s installation work Fragmente der Bilder einer Berührung [Fragments of Images of Contingence] of 1994, in which pole- and wire-hung light bulbs are rhythmically immersed into cylinders filled with milk, used oil, or water. These liquids are fundamental sources of our existence. At the same time, their physical fusion with electricity implies a life-threatening danger—a contradictory, yet also mutually conditioned state of joining and repelling. The rhythmic movement in this work is repeated in a second installation of the exhibition, Die un-endliche/-ähnliche Melodie der Stränge [The un-ending/-ique melody of cords] of 1998, a recording of a threadless sewing machine and its sound. 

Katarzyna Kozyra: Looking for Jesus

 Opening March 8, 2013, 6 to 9 pm

Text by Hanna Wróblewska, director of Zachęta National Gallery of Art, Warsaw



Looking for Jesus is the latest project by Katarzyna Kozyra, a project in the making, beginning over a year ago, and continuing its creation for at least a few more months. This time, Kozyra assumes the position of a researcher, allowing us—the audience, the press, the public—to be interested in her works: into the formation process of the work, the subsequent stages of editing, tracking the film or rather video installation, from the very beginning of its creation.

The project was produced with the support of Ministry of Culture and National Heritage of the Republic of Poland and a private collector.
 
Katarzyna Kozyra: Looking for Jesus
Gorgona: Please Attend

Gorgona: Please Attend

In 1961, Gorgona fled from the then powerful communism into the irrational, the incomprehensible. The inactivity of Gorgona was noticeable. Several young people whose mutual affection was the decisive connective factor met occasionally. Gorgona did not have any messages! It was a particular type of activity, auto-ironic, affording a feeling of being unusual. Perhaps it brought something new; perhaps it only resolved its life problems, feelings of being hemmed in. Perhaps it left nothing behind apart from friendship and spiritual closeness. Josip Vaništa ŻAK | BRANICKA is delighted to present its first exhibition by the proto-conceptual Zagreb-based group Gorgona that unrealised itself between 1959 and 1966. 
 

JÓzef Robakowski: Der Linie nach

Opening November 2, 2012, from 6 to 9 pm. The energy of a lazy line...
One moment it is straight, then it swells, slants, only to stop, to move, it picks up speed, turns left, turns right, runs, runs, runs, skips the tracks, stands up, trembles, stiffens, but does not burst, takes on color, reddens, moves off again, runs, hurries a bit, turns blue, then green, flees ever faster, only to turn right, then left, then right again, it shouts something, what, halt, but it barrels on, without stopping, violet, maybe blue, no, yellow, it twists, straightens out, lifts up, falls down, hovers on the edge, takes fright, turns violet, blue, white, lifts up, falls, goes wavy, wavy, wavy, slows down, slowly stands, trembles, once more, trembles, powerfully, moves, bends, left, right, but straight, always straight, runs off, ever further, black, gray, pale, swells, breathes, melts... Józef Robakowski (2012)
ŻAK | BRANICKA proudly presents an exhibition by the legendary avant-garde film artist of the 1960s and 1970s, Józef Robakowski (*1939). Its main subject is the line, one of the most simple and radical motifs, and one which has repeatedly cropped up in this artist’s work since the 1970s.
JÓzef Robakowski: Der Linie nach
Stanislaw Drozdz: Forgetting

Stanislaw Drozdz: Forgetting

Opening September 11, 2012, 6 to 9 pmŻAK | BRANICKA Gallery is proud to present an exhibition by the most famous Polish concrete poetry artist: Stanisław Dróżdż. The show comprises four language versions (Polish, English, German, Finnish) of one of his most famed works: Forgetting. The bases of Stanisław Dróżdż’s works are short texts or words. These evolve into images and are recontextualized by deconstructing their semantic meanings through a specific connection or arrangement on a flat layer or in space. In 1967, still unaware of the existence of Concrete Poetry in western art, Dróżdż started writing a kind of poetry, for which he invented the name Pojęciokształty [Concept Shapes], and whose form reflected its content. Although Dróżdż thought of himself as a poet, in his practice he materialized words through which the event of viewing became a process of actually understanding words. Even then, Dróżdż was interested in the connection between words and space. In his famous work Między [between] (Foksal Gallery, 1977) the word is written into the space of the gallery. Hence, the viewer finds himself inside the work and literally between the word.

From the Sunniest Day to the Darkest Night

Maja Bajević, Adrian Paci, Igor Grubić, Hubert CzerepokCurated by Agata Rogoś Opening June 22, 2012, 6 – 9 pm
From the Sunniest Day to the Darkest Night
Joanna Rajkowska: Born in Berlin - A Letter to Rosa

Joanna Rajkowska: Born in Berlin - A Letter to Rosa

Opening as part of Gallery Weekend Berlin 2012:
Friday, April 27, 2012, 6–9pm Opening times during Gallery Weekend Berlin: April 28 – 29, 2012, 11 am to 7 pm  Joanna Rajkowska possesses an unusual ability to transform private stories into public and political events. Her works make the existence of average people or trivial events visible within a social context. "Born in Berlin", her most recent project which took over a year to create, is composed of two parts. The first is a film of the same title, produced for the 7th Berlin Biennale of Contemporary Art and in cooperation with the ŻAK | BRANICKA FOUNDATION. It will be screened at the Akademie der Künste in Berlin during the biennale. The second part, on show at ŻAK | BRANICKA Gallery is titled "Born in Berlin – A Letter to Rosa", and consists of over 100 drawings and collages, forming a very intimate letter to the artist’s daughter. Rajkowska explains to Rosa: “You were supposed to be a gift to Berlin, to this city which usually only brought destruction, at least for my family. A gift which was supposed to disenchant everything.”

Hubert Czerepok: Lux Aeterna

Opening: January 27, 2012, 6–9 pmŻAK | BRANICKA is delighted to present the second solo-exhibition Lux Aeterna in the gallery.The exhibition Lux Aeterna by Hubert Czerepok focuses on humanity’s dream of attaining omniscience. Czerepok is interested in the border between enlightenment and possession, between good and evil. 
Hubert Czerepok: Lux Aeterna
VLATKA HORVAT: BESIDE ITSELF

VLATKA HORVAT: BESIDE ITSELF

Opening: November 18, 2011, 6–9pm ŻAK | BRANICKA is delighted to present Vlatka Horvat’s first solo-exhibition at the gallery.Investigating the politics and poetics of spatial arrangement, order and organization, interpersonal and social relations, Vlatka Horvat’s practice explores the characteristics of interaction between the body, the built environment and the objects that inhabit it. In her collages, photographs and installations, Horvat often places the body in awkward, puzzling and uncanny positions, situating it on the horizon of objecthood—a move which questions the stability of categories and structures through which social and political meaning is made. Whilst the body in Horvat’s work is repeatedly depicted as disjointed and discombobulated, situated between functional and dysfunctional, between subject and object, the space in which it performs its often absurdist and Dadaist operations is itself “out of joint”. 
 

Dominik Lejman: Far too Close

Opening: September 9, 2011, 4 to 9 pm We are delighted to present Dominik Lejman’s second solo exhibition, entitled Far too Close, at 
ŻAK | BRANICKA Gallery.
Dominik Lejman: Far too Close
MichaŁ Jankowski: Astronauts

MichaŁ Jankowski: Astronauts

Opening: July 1st 2011, 6-9 pmMichal Jankowksi is part of the younger generation of artists, often labelled as “tired of reality,” the source of whose art is to be found not in the surrounding reality, but in the imagination, dreams, or hallucinations.

Roman OpaŁka: Octagon

Opening: Friday, April 29, 2011 from 4 to 9 pmRoman Opałka is one of the most radical and famous conceptual artists to date. In his life long project entitled Opałka 1965/1-∞ he paints consecutive numbers in white colour on canvases of consistently equal dimensions (195 x 135 cm), since 1965. At this time Opałka has reached the number 5 590 000. On the occasion of Opałka’s 80th birthday ŻAK | BRANICKA presents eight of his photographic self-portraits. This is the first exhibition of his work in Berlin in seventeen years.  
Roman OpaŁka: Octagon
PaweŁ OlszczyŃski: FantÔme noir

PaweŁ OlszczyŃski: FantÔme noir

Opening: Friday, March 18, 2011 from 6 to 9 pmFrench critic Nino Frank is often given credit for coining the term “film noir”. He alleged that the novelty of film noir is its shift of the emphasis from the action to creating expressive model characters e.g.: the detective in a trench coat or the demonic femme fatale in a satin dress with a cigarette in her hand. In his drawings Pawel Olszczynski goes one step further—he abandons the characters and focuses on their props. In his work items of clothing subjectively become phantoms of the body. It is his private world—a fantôme noir.

The Task of the Translator

Opening: Friday, February 4, 2011 from 6 to 9 pmJoanna Rajkowska is best known as an artist who works with public spaces. Collective memories and identities of societies form the raw material for her pieces. Her newest project The Task of the Translator was inaugurated in Konya (Turkey) last year. The starting point for Rajkowska’s project is her reflection on the mechanisms and consequences of the language reform that took place in newly founded Turkey in 1928, led by Mustafa Kemal Atatürk.
The Task of the Translator
Yane Calovski

Yane Calovski

Obsessive SettingOpening: Friday, November 12th, 2010, 6-9 pmAfter the dream, they set out in search of that city; they never found it, but they found one another; they decided to build a city like the one in the dream. Italo Calvino, Invisible Cities On July 26th, 1963, Skopje (Macedonia) was hit and destroyed by a devastating earthquake. In 1965, a team of Japanese architects, ‘Kenzo Tange Associates’, was invited to compete for and eventually won the opportunity to construct a new Master Plan for the city. However, this original plan was never fully implemented.

Krzysztof ZieliŃski

 BRIESEN
Opening: Friday, September 10th, 2010, 6-9 pm

Briesen is the old German name for a provincial town situated in the north of Poland that was once a part of former eastern Prussia. The town's Polish name, W? brzeźno, is one difficult for the foreigner to pronounce. It is a grey and unremarkable place. It is where Krzysztof Zieliński was born and raised. Briesen is also the name of the artist's new photographic series.
 
Krzysztof ZieliŃski
MINIMUM MAXIMUM

MINIMUM MAXIMUM

STANISŁAW DRÓŻDŻ | CARL ANDRE | ROBERT BARRY The exhibition at Gallery ŻAK | BRANICKA displays for the first time the work of Polish Concrete Poetry artist Stanisław Dróżdż, alongside the classic minimal and conceptual work of Carl Andre and Robert Barry. 

Pawel Ksiazek

Poelzig VS. PoelzigOpening: April 30, 2010, 4-8pm
GALLERY WEEKEND BERLIN As part of Gallery Weekend, gallery ŻAK | BRANICKA takes great pleasure in presenting Paweł Ksi? żek’s Poelzig VS. Poelzig. This is the second exhibition of the artist’s work, following Silent Utopia at Art Basel Statements 2009, and is based on ideas connecting cinema produced during the inter war years and modernist architecture.  
Pawel Ksiazek
Agnieszka Polska

Agnieszka Polska

Three Videos with NarrationOpening: March 19, 2010, 6-9pm ŻAK | BRANICKA Gallery takes great pleasure in presenting the most recent work of Agnieszka Polska: "Three Videos with Narration". Polska is one of the most interesting Polish artists of the younger generation (born 1985), whose work has been shown at the KW Institute for Contemporary Art in Berlin, the Kunstbygning in Aarhus and the Zacheta National Gallery of Art in Warsaw.

KwieKulik

Activities with Dobromierz
The ŻAK | BRANICKA Gallery is proud to present Activities with Dobromierz (1972-74), a work by the artistic duet KwieKulik, one of the most important phenomena of the eastern European neo-avant-garde 1970s movement. Activities with Dobromierz has already had much international publicity including showings at Documenta XII in Kassel and the XI Biennale in Istanbul (2009).   
KwieKulik
Szymon Kobylarz

Szymon Kobylarz

Civil DefenseOpening: November 20th, 2009, 6-9pmParanoid protuberances of science are Szymon Kobylarz’s source of inspiration. He is interested in quasi-scientific absurdities and the border on which rationality and obsession fester.
In his newest work, realized for Gallery ŻAK | BRANICKA, Kobylarz utilizes experiences from his school days. At that time and in light of the Cold War, all the Warsaw Agreement member states established “Civil Defense” courses. The subject matter of these lessons regarded defense mechanisms pertaining to various threats and the requisite behavior in the case of catastrophe. The children learned First Aid measures. They also obtained basic knowledge of the building and handling of weapons.
For Kobylarz, the “Civil Defense” course had a completely different meaning: it was a frame in which the boys were finally allowed to play war. At that time as well as now, he is so engaged by the provisional and abstruse conception of homemade emergency equipment that he dedicated the entire exhibition to it.
With “Civil Defense” Kobylarz asks the questions, what happens to science if it takes a wrong turn?  How far can science let itself be compromised and perverted? While working on this project, the artist transformed himself into a kook inventor and in that process he turned towards an antiquated artistic model: he has repositioned art between science and Utopia.

Dominik Lejman

Afterparty
Opening on Friday, September 25, 2009, 6-11 pmThe Afterparty is set at a strange apex of suspension. Does it have an end point? Or could it be a permanent state? The moment when music still drips out of the ears and alcohol wades around in the brain, and when broken glass groans underfoot – it is the moment when everyone is gone and an uncomfortable silence takes control. Make-up streams down the empty faces, and behind the boarded up windows, a new day wakes up a city and you feel like a clown. You see and understand too much to admit the truth. The Afterparty is the end of levity. Exactly at this moment, these few seconds when time has delayed itself, is the topic of Domink Lejman’s work.

Lejman’s technique is innovative: he projects video onto the dark surface of monochromatic, abstractly painted canvases – in this way the surface of the canvas and the projection are optically merged. Despite Lejman’s depriving both media of their autonomy, he considers this work as a pure painting process with projector’s light seen as another layer of both the brush and its stroke. In that way, the traditional painting takes on a new factor: time. Domink Lejman’s paintings are time-based paintings.
 
Dominik Lejman
From the Archive

From the Archive

Group ShowOpening on Friday, June 26, 2009, 6-9 pmWojciech B? kowski, Yane Calovski, Sławomir Elsner, Katarzyna Kozyra, Paweł Ksi? zek, Zofia Kulik, Robert Kuśmirowski, Agnieszka Polska  

PaweŁ Ksiazek "Silent Utopia" ART | BASEL Statements

Solo show for the ART | BASEL, Art Basel Statements

ŻAK | BRANICKA, 10 – 14. 06.2009 Basel, CH

Halle 01 Stand S3

Opening June, 8th, 2009, 4-7 pm

 www.artbasel.com
Paweł Ksi? żek’s project, Silent Utopia, combines two potentially distant aesthetic subjects: Eastern European Modernism in Architecture and German silent films of the 1920s. Silent Utopia consists of paintings, photo collages, and video based on found footage from the silent films.

PaweŁ Ksiazek
Zbigniew Rogalski

Zbigniew Rogalski

ECHO Opening: 1 May 2009, 4-9 pm Upended little bags of Cocaine in which the drugs are replaced by a streak of white; an empty Aquarium, in the panes of which its own reflection is visible; paintings that copy faded, scaled down versions of themselves – these are the phantoms of Zbigniew Rogalski’s Paintings.

Kasia Fudakowski

Gleaning the GlossOpening: 20.3.2009 6-9 pmŻAK | BRANICKA is pleased to present Kasia Fudakowski’s first solo show in Berlin, Gleaning the Gloss. The exhibition features 12 new sculptures. They are characters, objects and obstructions which transform the gallery into a great forest of delicious and sinuous forms that while invoking surrealist associations, at the same time recall abstractly figurative forms in the midst of identifiable gesture.
Kasia Fudakowski
FUTURE PERFECT gallery

FUTURE PERFECT gallery

CHIMAERA:  Bjorn Hegardt, Lisa Iglesias, Stephan WeitzelOpening: 20.3.2009 6-9 pmThe exhibition presents work by three artists focusing on drawing as their medium.

Witkacy - Robakowski

CONFIDENCE MENOpening: February 6th 2009, 6-9 p.m.With the exhibition WITKACY–ROBAKOWSKI at the ŻAK | BRANICKA gallery, two of the most important personalities in Polish art meet face-to-face for the first time. Both confidence(con) men, tricksters, swindlers and eternal practical jokers, Stanisław Ignacy Witkiewicz – called “Witkacy” (1885-1939) – legendary artist, painter, writer and dramaturge, philosopher, photograph, and enfant terrible of the inter-war polish and international art scenes, is confronted by Józef Robakowski (born 1939), an artist of the polish neo-avant-garde of the 60’s and 70’s, co-creator of Film Form Workshops, and the author of such well known videos as “View from my Window” and “My Video Masochism.”  
Witkacy - Robakowski
Łukasz Jastrubczak

Łukasz Jastrubczak

Video Point | White video Opening: February 6th 2009, 6-9 p.m. Jastrubczak is a young multimedia artist who examines the fields of invisibility, disappearance, ephemeral revelation and lunacy. At the same time as his work is absurd and amusing, it is also deliberate and somber. In White Film, we see Jastrubczak sitting in a white bathrobe with a white square suspended to cover his face (with eyeholes, also square). He is tapping out a beat. Jastrubczak presses an unidentified buzzer into the bottom of an empty white bowl on the table in front of him and taps the table, a white mug, and a pair of scissors with the back of a spoon. In the short video, Jastrubzcak renders himself neutral by shielding his identity and nullifies himself in white. He becomes another white object, like the mug or the table, performing an action and only fulfilling his duty: a white robot.

Anna Baumgart

The Hypothesis of the Stolen Image
Opening: 12. 12. 2008 6-9 pm
Exhibition: 13. 12. 2008 - 31. 01. 2009
Since its inception, photography has enabled the media to spread unlimited amounts of images endlessly, but within this growing mass of pictures, certain images have tended to single themselves out. Engraved in public memory, they seem familiar and they seem to represent the entirety of what they portray: the horror of war, the psyche of a leader, or the despair of refugees. 
Anna Baumgart uses some of these famous press photographs as the points of origin for her work.
Anna Baumgart
VIDEO POINT

VIDEO POINT

Agnieszka Polska | Medical Gymnastics
Opening: 12. 12. 2008 6-9 pm
In the hands of the young artist, Agnieszka Polska, the human body becomes a projection involved in rituals of subjugation that overturn social norms and expectations.
"Medical Gymnastics" is based on photographs from a 1920’s book of physical therapy exercises for children that Polska digitally manipulated, implanting eroticized movement with an almost unsettling quality.

KATARZYNA KOZYRA

SUMMERTALEOpening: Friday, 31.10.2008, 6 - 9 pmExhibition: 01.11.2008 - 10.12.2008
Once upon a time in a land not too far away there was a beautiful little house in a wonderful flower garden, the birds were chirping, the bees and flies were buzzing. Midget women were hanging laundry out to dry, beating carpets, hoeing the vegetable garden, watering plants. It became dark and there in the moonlight suddenly three mushrooms started to grow…
KATARZYNA KOZYRA
Jarosław FliciŃski

Jarosław FliciŃski

NO MATTER WHERE IT HAPPENS Opening: Friday, 05.09.2008, 6 - 9 pm
Exhibition: 06.09.2008 - 24.10.2008 Perhaps as a result of Jarosław Fliciński’s training in architecture and painting, the idea of imposing painting onto a space comes naturally to him. He began working with oil on canvas, but soon shifted from the canvas straight onto the walls.
My paintings slid suddenly from the canvas. It happened in the moment when the canvas’s frames became too narrow.

ART BERLIN CONTEMPORARY

ŻAK | BRANICKA with Katarzyna Kozyra

ART BERLIN CONTEMPORARY
MichaŁ Jankowski

MichaŁ Jankowski

FAT TROUT
The exhibition´s title FAT TROUT refers to the name of a trailer park in the film Twin Peaks- Fire walk with me by David Lynch, a location, where detectives searched for clues concerning the murder of Teresa Banks. In the film a fat trout was depicted on the welcome board of this mysterious and frightening location. This motive, in combination with the dark atmosphere of David Lynch’s film, provided the motivation for Jankowski’s further explorations.

FUTURE PERFECT gallery

Piotr Jaros, The HouseJaros' Filme, Zeichnungen, Fotografien und Prototypen der letzten Jahre, sowohl solche, die sich auf die rätselhafte Sphäre von Haus und Herd beziehen, als auch seine ironisch futuristischen Fantasien über die Arbeit, nehmen eine Form von offen strukturierten, existentiellen Anekdoten an.
FUTURE PERFECT gallery
Hubert Czerepok

Hubert Czerepok

HaunebuThe project Haunebu reconstructs one of the most thrilling conspiracy theories of World War II: German engineers were to invent spaceships with the aim of winning the war for Hitler’s Germany. This safely guarded secret, the so called Wunderwaffe, was a flying saucer named Haunebu. Based on available documents, Hubert Czerepok strives, in as realistic way as possible, to represent the myth of an advanced German technology.

Zofia Kulik: Splendour of Myself V

Opening: Saturday, April 05th, 6-9 pm
Lindenstr. 35, 10969 Berlin
 
At long last, after her participation at the Documenta XII the polish artist Zofia Kulik received international attention. As many documentation photos have proven, her large-scale photomontages fascinated the public. Her monumental black and white constructions, consisting of a multitude of smaller motifs, connect like a puzzle to reveal the whole image.

Zofia Kulik: Splendour of Myself V
Oskar Hansen's MoMA

Oskar Hansen's MoMA

by Yane Calovski and Hristina Ivanoska
Opening: Saturday, 05 April 2008, 6-9 pm
Lindenstr. 35, 10969 Berlin
 

The project a hypothetical program of a "lost museum" designed by a Polish architect
Oskar Hansen in 1964. Meant to become a symbol of the city's progress and
"immortality" following the devastating earthquake on 26th of July 1963, the competition
for the best design of a new art institution was organized by the Polish government as a gesture of solidarity and was open exclusively to architects from Poland and other
Eastern Block countries.