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Communicating the History of War to the Community

Małgorzata LISIEWICZ
IJCCI volume 1, issue 3, July 2014

The text discusses a prospective impact of war representation when expressed by the medium of the exhibition. It analyzes two museum shows organized by the same curator, Anda Rottenberg, which took place at the same institution, Zachęta National Gallery of Art, and explores how different exhibition models may produce different meanings. The author contends that the outcome of an exhibition does not rely in any way on a selected model but is played out in the realm of a well thought, sensitively approached mode of installing works. Where is Abel, Thy Brother? organized in 1995 as a group-exhibition was designed as an official event commemorating the Second World War, and was to counter the tradition of state shows by inviting renowned contemporary artists. The effect was compromised by a too strong focus on artists. Alina Szapocznikow (1926-1973). Sculptures, on the other hand, while developed as a typical retrospective based on a biographical chronology, created a memorable personal experience and thus paid homage to many people of the artist’s generation who survived the war.

Keywords: War representation, Exhibition models, Exhibition installation, Community building


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