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Artur Zmijewski, Swiecie, 2009, 2009. Courtesy of the artist and Foksal Gallery Foundation, Warsaw. © Artur Zmijewski
The Museum of Modern Art,
with support from
the Polish Cultural Institute in New York,


Wednesday, October 28, 2009 - Monday, February 1, 2010
Screenings of short films by Artur Zmijewski:
October 31, November 8, 16, 23,
December 12, 16, 21, January 4,6

The Museum of Modern Art
Projects Gallery (second floor)
11 West 53rd Street, New York, NY

Admission: $20; seniors: $16; students: $12; children under 16, members, all visitors Fri. 4-8 PM: free
 Tel: 212.708.9400
Hours: Mon, Wed-Thu, Sat-Sun: 10:30 AM-5:30 PM; Fri: 10:30 AM-8:00 PM

In his films and photographs, Artur Zmijewski (b. 1966), one of the most provocative artists of his generation, investigates social norms by observing human behavior. His role, he says, is "inducing the field," and to that end he often adapts the strategies of political action, creating scenarios for his subjects then documenting their reactions. His work frequently explores long-term trauma caused by historical and sociopolitical events. While his projects sometimes focus on marginalized or disenfranchised populations, Zmijewski is also interested in what he terms the "dominant state of mind," widely held popular beliefs and attitudes that shape "common reality" for everyone.

Zmijewski's latest film, Swiecie, 2009 (2009), which premieres at The Museum of Modern Art, records one of a series of staged workshops organized and documented by the artist, in which the participants are invited to create art. Zmijewski asked seven artists from different parts of Poland to collaborate with steel workers in Swiecie, a small city entirely removed from the contemporary art world. Using facilities, equipment, and materials provided by a sponsoring company, the two groups meet, create, and install public sculptures. The project was modeled after similar collaborations between artists and workers in Elblag, Poland, in the late 1960s, which were inspired by utopian goals of a classless society and the union of artmaking and industrial technology. In restaging this moment in Poland's artistic and political history, Zmijewski highlights the social and political realities that separate people today and questions whether they can ever truly be overcome.

In conjunction with the exhibition, MoMA's departments of Film and Drawings present a Program of Short Films by Artur Zmijewski in Theater 2 (The Roy and Niuta Titus Theater 2):

Short Films by Artur Zmijewski:

The Game of Tag (1999), Singing Lesson 2 (2002), Patricia (2007), Yolanda (2007), and Them (2007). Directed by Artur Zmijewski. Poland. In Polish; English subtitles.

Program approx. 90 min.

Saturday, October 31, 2009, 4:00 PM

Sunday, November 8, 2009, 5:30 PM

Monday, November 16, 2009, 4:00 PM

Monday, November 23, 2009, 4:00 PM

Saturday, December 12, 2009, 6:30 PM

Wednesday, December 16, 2009, 4:00 PM

Monday, December 21, 2009, 4:00 PM

Monday, January 4, 2010, 4:00 PM

Wednesday, January 6, 2010, 4:00 PM

MoMA Film Admission

The exhibition is organized by Connie Butler, The Robert Lehman Foundation Chief Curator of Drawings.

The Elaine Dannheisser Projects Series is made possible in part by The Junior Associates of The Museum of Modern Art and the JA Endowment Committee.

Additional support for this exhibition is provided by the Polish Cultural Institute in New York.

Swiecie, 2009 appears courtesy of the artist, Foksal Gallery Foundation, Warsaw, and Galerie Peter Kilchmann, Zurich. The artist would like to thank Karina Dzieweczynska for her supporting this project.

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