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10 Oct 2013

The Desire for Freedom in MOCAK

Jordi Colomer, Anarchitekton, Barcelona, August 2002, video, courtesy of the artist, Collection FRAC Centre, Orléans

30th Council of Europe art exhibition
The Desire for Freedom. Art in Europe Since 1945
MOCAK Museum of Contemporary Art in Krakow


18.10.2013 - 26.1.2014 Opening hours Tue-Sun 11 am – 7 pm Tuesdays – admission free!


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30-702 Krakow

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The post-1945 works that will be presented at MOCAK show the social and political climate of contemporary Europe. Human rights, equality, democracy – such are the issues dealt with by the exhibition The Desire for Freedom, co-financed by the European Commission.

The exhibition The Desire for Freedom will present mainly video works made over the last five decades by 47 authors from 17 European countries. The presented works combine into a social and political landscape of contemporary Europe and the problems it's grappling with. The exhibitions pose questions such as: how do individuals want to live? In what way do they want to come to terms with history? How do they behave faced with authoritarian regimes? The show demonstrates the ways in which artists expose social taboos. It also takes on board government politics and governments' duty to provide security for their societies. The project, co-financed by the European Commission has been organised under the auspices of the European Council to mark its 30th anniversary.

Artists: Adel Abdessemed, Marina Abramović, Absalon , AES+F, Pilar Albarracin, Paweł Althamer, Mirosław Bałka, Blue Soup Group, Sergey Bratkov, Marcel Broodthaers, Gunter Brus, Jordi Colomer, Jiři David, Oskar Dawicki, Oskar Hansen, Sanja Iveković, Nikita Kadan, Yves Klein, Gyorgy Kovasznai, Oleg Kulik, KwieKulik, Lars Laumann, Victor Lind, Richard Long, Cristina Lucas, Vladimir Mitrev, Neša Paripović, Artūras Raila, Jozef Robakowski & Tadeusz Junak & Ryszard Meissner, Ulrike Rosenbach, Vladimir Seleznyov & Alexander Sitnikov, Sabina Shikhlinskaya, Janek Simon, VALIE EXPORT, Wolf Vostell, Krzysztof Wodiczko, Erwin Wurm, Nil Yalter

Curators: Delfina Jałowik, Monika Kozioł, Maria Anna Potocka
Collaboration: Monika Flacke (Deutsches Historisches Museum, Berlin)
Co-ordinators: Rania Sid Otmane, Jeanne Pagin