Early Years



28 February – 2 May 10



Wojciech Bąkowski, Yael Bartana, Tania Bruguera, Oskar Dawicki, Sharon Hayes, Sanja Iveković, Daniel Knorr, KwieKulik, Zbigniew Libera, Anna Molska, Paulina Ołowska, Agnieszka Polska, Joanna Rajkowska, Ahlam Shibli, Jan Smaga, Anna Zaradny, Artur Żmijewski

28.02. – 02.05.2010
Opening: 27.02.2010, 5 - 10 pm

The contemporary art is having its moment in Poland these days. Museums get built, and new public as well as private institutions emerge. Artists' names become common knowledge, their practice—previously ignored or misinterpreted—is widely understood and accepted today. It speaks for itself that the most central tract of land in the Polish capital will soon see the construction of the Museum of Modern Art.

The exhibition Early Years at KW Institute for Contemporary Art in Berlin wanders through the field of institutional self-reflection. It searches for terms fit to describe the emergence of a museum of art in the present, actual artistic, political, and social discourses. The Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw requested for this exhibition the collaboration from artists, with whom it had worked so far, in its pioneering days. The Museum shared its anxieties with the group, and they reciprocated with their share of expectations towards the new institution.

curated by Sebastian Cichocki, Ana Janevski, Katarzyna Karwańska and Joanna Mytkowska
presented by the Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw

Early Years is part of the project "The Promised City", a cultural initiative between Berlin and Warsaw with performances in Mumbai and Bucharest: Artists, curators and academics  from Germany, Poland, India, and Romania develop various new creative productions. All of which are interdisciplinary and evolve around subjects of dreams, illusions, and promises of modern metropolises.
Further information can be found here www.promised-city.org