Jerzy Ludwiński


Excerpts taken from: The Museum of Current Art
in Wrocław (General Concept)

In the whole of Poland there is no Museum of Modern Art. The creation of the only Museum of Current Art in Wrocław would be related to the process of the decentralisation of Polish culture. It would be an expansion of modern artistic thought into one of the most western districts of the country. The attractiveness of this Museum abroad may also contribute to the popularisation of Polish achievements in the Western Lands.
(…) caution needs to be replaced by risk.
The existence of a collection in the new museum should not be a priority. Here, one should react to artistic facts as soon as they emerge. Here, the artistic process itself may become more interesting than a finished work of art. This testifies to the gallery’s maximum activity and continuous artistic events. The example of the Museum of Current Art is different. It has to provoke artistic facts, advance them, and simply, it has to be a place where new art is being created, a gentle seismograph and, at the same time, a catalyst.
The Department of Action (…) Not only would artists who have already made interesting works be invited to this department, but also those who would seem able to make such works in situ.
The organisers would be most interested in these artistic and theoretical propositions which would enrich the concept of art and render its former borders out of date. This type of activity would, at the same time, be directed against rigid conventions and stagnation in art. All the exhibitions and artistic presentations in the museum should reflect the incredible variety of contemporary art.
It is important to give this phenomenon institutional support and to facilitate its further development. The aim of the organisers of the gallery would be to provoke a situation in which the majority of the most interesting artistic phenomena would emerge in the gallery’s space.
The Department of Visual Experiments (…) This department should initiate close relations with the Wrocław circles of mathematicians, physicians, cyberneticians, and other scientists, whose different ways of thinking could influence artistic visions and ideas of art in a very fruitful manner.
Some time later, it could be converted into a studio for visual forms – a professional scientific institute, based on the example of institutes of this kind existing in the West, the lack of which is painfully felt in Poland. It would be an institution providing service to industry, commerce, architecture, visual propaganda, and many other areas of work, which would have at its disposal a wide range of new, neatly designed and functional forms.
The collection would change its appearance according to current evaluations of the works presented in it. It would thus be a market for the prevailing criteria.
The Department for the Popularisation of Art. (…) The aim of this project would be to educate a new spectator, who would enthusiastically react to contemporary artistic phenomena demonstrated both in the museum and in other exhibition spaces.
A museum of art conceived in this way does not require a large capacity building nor a big budget. It should be a small museum.