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curated by Grzegorz Musial and Andrzej Turowski

May 22, 2009 - November 28, 2009

Signum Foundation Palazzo Donà
Campo San Polo 2177, Venice, Italy
Admission: free, Tel: +39 (0)41 528 9797
Hours: May 22 - June 6: Tue.-Sat. 10 AM - 7 PM; June 9 - November 28: Wed. and Sat. 4-7 PM

Awake and Dream marks the Signum Foundation's inauguration of its Venetian exhibition space in Palazzo Donà and the first public showing of its art collection.

In June 2009 Palazzo Donà at San Polo square in Venice will become a new point on the European map of culture. The Signum Foundation based in Poznan, Poland will exhibit works of art from its own collection here as well as invite artists to create new projects related to the unique character of the place. The Gothic palace will become a place of meetings and dialogue through art, a place established for representatives of various disciplines - from visual art to music, film, theatre and literature.

Signum Foundation Palazzo Donà opens with the exhibition Awake and Dream presenting works by 30 Polish and international artists created between 1910 and 2009 - the first public showing of the collection. Started 15 years ago by Jaroslaw and Hanna Przyborowski, the founders and chief executive officers of Signum Foundation, it includes more than 1,000 objects of prevalently modern and contemporary art.

The exhibition aims to promote Polish artists in an international context. Many are past and present figures on the international art scene with frequent appearances at various Biennale exhibitions. The exhibition, curated by Grzegorz Musial and prof. Andrzej Turowski, is devoted to the notion of desire in its manifold aspects: from bodily desire through the hunger for power and space, to the desire for beauty and the longing for desire itself. The works of art will be exhibited not only in the representative halls of the palace but also in private rooms, in the courtyard, on the staircase landing and in the cellars. The door to the hidden Venetian Palace will open just like the door to the rooms of a house which welcomes its guests. Making the idea of generosity and openness towards another human being real not only through financial support but also through art has been the major aim of the Signum Foundation from its very beginning.

The exhibition "Awake and Dream" is accompanied by a book under the same title in English and Italian with a complete photographic documentation, essays by Giorgio Agamben, Janusz K. Glowacki, Grzegorz Musial, Andrzej Turowski, and biographical notes of the participating artists.

With the first exhibition in Palazzo Donà in Venice entitled "Awake and Dream", Signum Foundation is inaugurating a cycle of long-term site-specific projects, Palazzo Donà. Anthology. The Chapter One of this visual anthology will be prepared by the artist Robert Kusmirowski and Sebastian Cichocki, the curator of the Museum of Contemporary Art in Warsaw.

AWAKE AND DREAM / SVEGLIATI E SOGNA, Exhibition Chapters and Artists:

narcissus, metaphor, costume

Jacek Malczewski, Katarzyna Kozyra

books, copies, mythologies

Robert Kusmirowski, Nicolas Grospierre, Miroslaw Balka

images, scraps, falls

Tadeusz Kantor, Eustachy Kossakowski

faces, gestures, insatiability

Stanislaw Ignacy Witkiewicz (Witkacy), Karol Szymanowski

ephemeral, lost, inexistent

Michal Martychowiec

wars, simulations, montages

Zbigniew Libera, Jan Maria Brzeski, Dominik Lejman, Krzysztof Wodiczko

entrapment, violence, abuse

Pier Paolo Pasolini, Karolina Wiktor i Aleksandra Kubiak (Sedzia Glowny), Zofia Kulik, Agata Michowska

desire, pulsation, flow

Jerzy Kujawski, Krzysztof Niemczyk, Andrzej Karmasz, Natalia LL., Pawel Althamer, Emeka Okereke, Qudus Onikeku

limits, rhythms, void

Kasimir Malevich, Katarzyna Kobro

forms unformed

Roman Opalka, Bruno Schulz, Tadeusz Kantor, Antoni Starczewski, Luca Mosca

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