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Die Grosse Kunstausstellung NRW 2013 Museum Kunstpalast Düsseldorf shows recent work of KRYSTYNA ZIACH

Die Grosse Kunstausstellung NRW 2013, Museum Kunstpalast Düsseldorf shows recent work of Krystyna  Ziach from the series Ephemeral Library, 24-02 until 17-03 2013, opening: 23-02-2013 18:00 hrs Robert- Schumann-Saal,

Museum Kunstpalast, Ehrenhof 4-6 Düsseldorf

EPHEMERAL LIBRARY 2012  - 2010  

“Ephemeral Library” is a series of photoworks focusing on the temporary nature of an incidentally developing “library”. Pictures of a collection of books, newspapers, magazines, advertising leaflets, handwritten letters, notes etcetera, together make up the images of the photoworks. 

In fact the “library” merely exists at the moment the photograph is taken.

The temporary and chaotic nature of the body of this tangible profusion    of information makes it difficult to be deciphered or read.

It seems as if it looses its initial meaning.

The paper, with on the one hand the materiality of its sculptural character and on the other the immateriality of its content, plays a part in the work. 

Opposites such as individual-collective and anonomous-personal and the paradox of “beauty & poverty” also play a part in the work.

Several photoworks in the series refer to archetypal shapes such as the column/obelisk and the pyramid/mastaba.

The photoworks furthermore emphasize the perishable nature of the complete overproduction of “sense & nonsense” on paper.       

“Ephemeral Library” (Bibliothèque éphémère) est une série de photo-graphies dans lesquelles le caractère provisoire d’une “bibliothèque” qui se crée fortuitement joue un rôle primordial. Les images d’une collection de livres, journaux, revues, dépliants publicitaires, lettres manuscrites, notes et cetera, constituent ensemble le contenu des photographies.

Au fond, la “bibliothèque” n’existe qu’au moment de la création de la photo. Le caractère provisoire et chaotique de l’ensemble de cette profusion palpable d’information fait que son déchiffrement ou sa lecture est difficile. Elle semble perdre sa signification initiale.

Le papier, avec d’une part la materialité de son caractère sculptural et d’autre part l’immaterialité de son contenu, joue un rôle dans cet oeuvre.

Les oppositions telles que individuel-collectif et anonyme-personnel ainsi que le paradoxe de “beauté & pauvreté” jouent aussi un rôle dans l’oeuvre.

Différents photographies de la série réfèrent aux formes archétypiques telles que la colonne/l’obélisque et la pyramide/le mastaba.

En plus les photos mettent l’accent sur la nature périssable de cette surproduction complète de “sens & non-sens” sur papier.

(Translation : Hanny Keulers)     

Ephemeral Library (Ephemere Bibliothek) ist eine Serie von Fotografien 

in der die vorübergehende Art einer zufällig entstandenen “Bibliothek” 

im Mittelpunkt steht. Abbilder einer Ansammlung von Büchern, Zeitungen, Zeitschriften, Werbeprospekten, handgeschriebene Briefe, Notizen und dergleichen, bilden gemeinsam die Fotowerke.

Die “Bibliothek” existiert eigentlich nur in dem Moment wo das Foto gemacht wird. Die vorübergehende und chaotische Art der Zusammensetzung dieser greifbaren Informationsschwemme macht 

es schwierig sie zu entziffern oder zu lesen. Es scheint als ob ihre ursprüngliche Bedeutung verloren ginge. 

Das Papier, mit einerseits der Materialität seines skulpturalen Charakters und andererseits der Immaterialität seines Inhalts, spielt eine Rolle im Werk.

Widersprüchlichkeiten wie individuell-kollektiv, anonym-persönlich, sowie der Paradox von “Schönheit & Armut”, spielen ebenfalls eine Rolle in dem Werk.

Mehrere Fotografien aus der Serie beziehen sich auf archetypischen Formen wie die Säule/der Obelisk und die Pyramide/die Mastaba.

Auch betonen die Fotografien die vergängliche Art der totalen Überproduktion an “Sinn & Unsinn” auf Papier.  

(Translation: André Homan)     

Posted by Krystyna Ziach on 2/21/13

Work of Krystyna Ziach in Rijksmuseum Collection/ Part II

The Rijksmuseum Amsterdam is the largest museum of the Netherlands and one of the most significant museums in the world. The museum has become particularly famous for its collection of paintings from the XVIIth century, the Golden Age of Dutch masters such as Rembrandt, Frans Hals and Vermeer.

The imposing building in which the museum has been located since the end of the XIXth century is on the Top 100 List of Dutch State Monuments. Since 2003 the museum building is undergoing the most important conversion in its history. The museum’s reopening has been planned for the 14th of April 2013. In line with the character of the existing collection, the museum wishes to broaden its scope with art from the XXth and XXIst centuries and in this way to start off a dialogue between old and modern art.

Krystyna Ziach is the first Polish artist of whom works have been included in the modern art collection of the Rijksmuseum Amsterdam.

After studying at the Art Lyceum of Krakow (1968-1973), Krystyna Ziach continued her education from 1973-1979, also in Krakow, with sculpture at the Academy of Fine Arts and simultaneously, history of art focusing on modern art at the Jagiellonian University under prof. M. Porebski.

The sculptures she made for her final project were shown at the Zacheta National Gallery of Art in Warsaw, in the context of the exhibition “The Best Work of Graduates from the Academies of Fine Arts in Poland in 1979”. After finishing both studies Krystyna Ziach left for the Netherlands in 1979, where she completed her art education in Enschede at the Academy of Fine Arts (AKI) in 1982, specializing in photography, video and graphic art.

As of 1983 she has been living and working in Amsterdam as a visual artist in the fields of autonomous photography and photo and video installation.

The works of Krystyna Ziach included in the Rijksmuseum collection are from two series: Geometry I and Baroque from the series “Metamorphosis” (1983-1985) and Inner Eye I and Inner Eye II from the  series “Inner Eye” (2004-2010).

In connection with Ziach’s 1994 exhibition “A Chamber of Mirrors”, Reinhold Misselbeck, curator of photography and new media of the Ludwig Museum in Cologne, wrote: ”/…/ With the series “Metamorphosis” (1983-1985) art critics considered Krystyna Ziach for the first time as an early representative of ‘staged photography’ and ‘photo performance’. /…/ For Krystyna Ziach photography is the medium which helps her to integrate different aspects of her work: the concept, painting, performance, and later on also sculpture and spatial arrangements, together make up a new totality.

The photos from the series “Inner Eye” (2004-2010), have a conceptual character and are inspired by the work of the Surrealists. In the images the emphasis is on what is concealed, not on what the camera reveals. /.../ These images are of all time, by appealing to our personal imagination they inevitably create an interaction between the universal and the individual. /.../ Images seeming to offer themselves in a mediating role between spirit and matter, nature and culture, the conscious and the subconcious, between dream and reality.” (Text fragments from the book “Infinity & Archê/ Krystyna Ziach” 2006, written by Florent Bex, Honorary Director of the Museum of Contemporary Art MuHKA in Antwerp.)

From 1984 onwards Krystyna Ziach has exhibited in Europe, the US and Japan.

With the series “Metamorphosis” she participated in 1986 in “The Second International Portfolio of Artists’ Photography” in the Litget Gallery in Budapest, Hungary; in 1987 she showed this black-and-white series at the ZPAF Gallery in Krakow and at Gallery Graphic Station in Tokyo, Japan. In 1988 she had her solo exhibition “Japan” in Arti et Amicitiae Amsterdam, followed in 1989 by the exhibition “Géographies Humaines” at the Musée de la Photographie in Charleroi, Belgium. She further showed her work a.o. at the Camden Arts Centre (“Outer Space” 1992) and the Whitechapel Art Gallery (“Worlds in a Box” 1995) in London, at the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston Texas (“Tradition and the Unpredictable” 1994) and at the Photography Museum in Sittard, the Netherlands (“A Chamber of Mirrors/ Ten Years of Photoworks by Krystyna Ziach” 1994). The solo exhibition “Archê” followed in 1996 at the Netherlands Photo Museum in Rotterdam and in the same year she participated in “Container ’96, Art Across Oceans” in Copenhagen, Cultural Capital of Europe in 1996. In 1998 she presented her video installation “Blue Core” at the 18th Netherlands Film Festival in Utrecht. In 2000 she showed the exhibition “Aqua Obscura” at the Natural History Museum Rotterdam and participated with her work in the exhibition “Cos-Play” in Arti et Amicitiae in Amsterdam.

In the period 2002-2007 she took part in the annual exhibition “Grosse Kunstausstellung NRW” at the Museum Kunst Palast in Düsseldorf and in 2004 in the exhibition “Hypegallery” at the Palais de Tokyo in Paris.

In 2008 her solo show “Infinity & Inner Eye” was included in “Photoquai-1ère Biennale des Images du Monde” in Paris and in 2009 she participated in the exhibition “Water-Currents” at the Thessaloniki Museum of Photography in Thessaloniki, Greece. In 2010 she showed her work at the Centre of Visual Arts Rotterdam, in 2011 in Arti et Amicitiae Amsterdam and in 2012 at the Foundation of Visual Arts Amsterdam. 

Works of Krystyna Ziach are included in the collections of the Rijksmuseum Amsterdam, Museum Kunst Palast Düsseldorf, Museum of Contemporary Art MuHKA Antwerp, Maison Européenne de la Photographie Paris, Bibliothèque Nationale de France Paris, Musée de la Photographie Charleroi, Ludwig Museum Cologne and Museum of Fine Arts Houston Texas and in several private collections.

Her work has been published in several personal catalogues such as: “Japan”, “Melancholy” and “A Garden of Illusion”; catalogues a.o: “Outer Space” and “Worlds in a Box”, The South Bank Centre, London, “Container ’96, Art Across Oceans”, Copenhagen Cultural Capital of Europe, “Grosse Kunstausstellung NRW”, Düsseldorf, “Photoquai, 1ère Biennale des Images du Monde”, Paris; magazines a.o: “Camera International”, Paris, “Connaissance des Arts”, Paris; newspapers a.o: “The Guardian” and “The Financial Times”, UK, “Westdeutsche Zeitung”, Germany, “De Volkskrant”, “Het Financieele Dagblad” and “Trouw”, the Netherlands; books a.o: “Photography as Visual Communication”, the Netherlands, “L.F. Gruber-A Photographic Homage”, Germany, “Le Portrait Photographique depuis 1960”, Paris.

In 2006 the book “Infinity & Archê /Krystyna Ziach” with texts of Florent Bex and Janneke Wesseling was published at Thieme Art in the Netherlands.


Translation: Hanny Keulers

Posted by Krystyna Ziach on 10/24/12

Work of Krystyna Ziach in Rijksmuseum Collection


 Work of Krystyna Ziach in Rijksmuseum Collection

 In the fall of 2012 works by Krystyna Ziach have been included in the collection of the Rijksmuseum Amsterdam as part of the museum’s plan to broaden the collection with modern art from the XXth and XXIst centuries.

The works of Krystyna Ziach included in the Rijksmuseum collection are from 

two series: Geometry I and Baroque from the series “Metamorphosis” (1983-1985) 

and Inner Eye I and Inner Eye II from the  series “Inner Eye” (2004-2010).

Reopening of the renovated Rijksmuseum in the spring of 2013. 


Posted by Krystyna Ziach on 10/16/12

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