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05 Apr 2016

Medicine in Art at MOCAK Museum of Contemporary Art in Krakow

Nicole Tran Ba Vang, untitled [06], from the series Spring/Summer 2001 Collection, 2001, photograph, 120 × 120 cm
Courtesy of N. Tran Ba Vang

Medicine in Art
MOCAK Museum of Contemporary Art in Krakow


Opening date: 21 April 2016 at 6 pm Exhibition date: 22 April – 2 October


+48 12 263 40 00

MOCAK Museum of Contemporary Art in Krakow
ul. Lipowa 4,
30-702 Kraków

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Curators: Delfina Jałowik, Jürgen Kaumkötter, Monika Kozioł, Maria Anna Potocka
Co-ordinator: Agnieszka Sachar

Artists: Marina Abramović, Eleanor Antin, Marta Antoniak, Kader Attia, Małgorzata Blamowska, Piotr Blamowski, Micha Brendel, Daniele Buetti, Beatriz da Costa, Oskar Dawicki, Ugo Dossi, Marian Eile, Iaia Filiberti / Debora Hirsch, Mark Gilbert, Zbigniew Herbert, Markus Käch, Fritz Kahn, Tadeusz Kantor, Krištof Kintera, Jürgen Klauke, Bartosz Kokosiński, Robert Kuśmirowski, Konrad Kuzyszyn, Milja Laurila, Dominik Lejman, Zoe Leonard, Zbigniew Libera, Marcin Maciejowski, Man Ray, Shahar Marcus, Bjørn Melhus / Yves Netzhammer, Edith Micansky, Aurelia Mihai, Andrzej Mleczko, Yasumasa Morimura, Sofie Muller, Julia Neuenhausen, Meret Oppenheim, ORLAN, Ben Patterson, Joanna Pawlik, Joanna Rajkowska, Sophie Ristelhueber, Wilhelm Sasnal, Nikita Shalennyi, Heather Sheehan, Kiki Smith, Annegret Soltau, Jo Spence, Daniel Spoerri, Alina Szapocznikow, Grzegorz Sztwiertnia, Nicole Tran Ba Vang, VALIE EXPORT, Hannah Wilke, Joel-Peter Witkin

Medicine in Art
is another exhibition in the series that confronts terms permeating the public sphere of reference with the viewpoint of the artist. Medicine is present throughout human life and impacts on all its aspects. Medicine offers help and cure, while putting us to task and inspiring reflection. The connotations it has are, above all, illness, pain and therapeutic treatment. Another theme is physical wasting and death. Illness goes hand in hand with care giving and compassion and this is the area of medicine that the patient and doctor share. Medicine is also a science, which in its vast scope comprises pharmaceutical, biological and psychological experimentation, dealing with the ethical issues that ensue. This scientific aspect also includes the psychology of illness understood as the relationship between the state of the mind and the state of the physical body.

Psychiatry is another fascinating medical area which enables us to look at how 'being different' can be a source of creativity and provide artistic therapy, where illness can indeed be extinguished through art. Another topical area of medicine, if one often looked down on, is plastic surgery, that enables individuals to live out their dream of being forever beautiful and young.

Medicine is a source of many topics that in various ways torment the human psyche, thus an artistic field of engagement par excellence. Artists are finely tuned into 'symbol providers'. And medicine is a versatile provider. Above all, it has an overview of what it means to be doomed to live in a mortal body.