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Emerging Polish Artists

8th May – 15th September 2019
Oficine 800, Fondamenta San Biagio 800
Giudecca, Venice


Artists: Norbert Delman, Małgorzata Goliszewska, Bartek Górny, Laura Grudniewska, Marta Hryniuk, Kornel Janczy, Tomasz Koszewnik, Dorota Kozieradzka, Magdalena Łazarczyk, Karolina Mełnicka, Maciej Nowacki, Cyryl Polaczek, Stach Szumski


Curator: Ania Muszyńska
Promoter: Starak Family Foundation


The Force Field exhibition is a performance of energy, boldness and weight of Polish contemporary art, presented in Venice from 8 May to 15 September. The premiere projects of thirteen artists, who currently represent the young generation’s cutting edge compose a captivating and multi-faceted narrative about the present, past and future.


The Force Field exhibition is an attempt to capture the common denominator for the subjective viewpoint of the reality, which binds all artists. This is because most of them draw their attention to affective experiences, personal relations, intimate emotions. They regard art as a “force field” which generates an alternative zone of unfettered and creative development, a safe space. The artists seem to accept the fact that art does not have hard tools at its disposal which could remedy political, social or environmental crises they both witness and experience. Is this deliberate and cautious withdrawal a sign of passivity? On the contrary. Contemplations being a condensation of attention require peacefully safe places, and it is from them that the force with which the artists’ statements intrude into the reality is derived. A clearly outlined conclusion is an elusive or even unuttered nostalgy for the disappearing foundations. Incontestable values, acceptance of corporeal passing, credibility of relations, environmental equilibrium, locality of crises that gives an opportunity for a real activity. The contemporary young Polish art is inquisitive, attentive and critical. It happens that it assumes the form of a socially involved activity, it often couples with diligent manual labour. Elsewhere it forms a charming phantasy or an astounding, albeit challenging, pleasure. Sequences overlap, the preset mechanisms work with the preset and intended force. The role of an artist as a strict critic, a vigilant observer, is undertaken in a responsible manner, and maturity reaches its path.



We have selected the participants in the Force Field exhibition from among 43 artists who were involved in the SOON project – the main initiative of the Starak Family Foundation in the field of patronage of young Polish art – in 2013-2018. The exhibition will present the premiere works by the aforementioned artists, which were created specifically for the purposes of this presentation and were founded by the Starak Family Foundation. We are most satisfied that we had the opportunity to accompany the artists in the process, to be a friendly partner and patron for them. It is the intention of the Starak Family Foundation, and most of all of Mr Jerzy Starak, the founder and patron of the event, to provide young Polish artists with possibly best conditions to demonstrate their works and develop their careers, and to offer them an obvious opportunity to appear in Venice during one of the major festivals of contemporary art worldwide.


Force Field
Emerging Polish Artists

8th May – 15th September 2019
Oficine 800, Fondamenta San Biagio 800
Giudecca, Venice


Open: Tuesday - Sunday, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Admission free


Mecenas i organizator:


Anna and Jerzy Starak

President of the Starak Family Foundation:
Elżbieta Dzikowska

Ania Muszyńska

Kama Kieremkampt
Magda Marczak-Cerońska

Graphic design:
Marta Krysińska

Foundation PSW For Promoting Contemporary Art 



Starak Family Foundation

The Starak Family Foundation started its activity in December 2008. The Foundation’s main goal is to support and promote young, talented people, provide them with optimal conditions for development, and to help them fulfil their dreams and ideas for life. The Foundation also aims to provide access to the latest achievements of science, technology, culture and at stimulating various social groups of young people. The Foundation is the result of reflections, observations and activity to date of the architect and founder, Jerzy Starak, who for many years now has been known for his involvement in charity work. In 2012, the Starak Family Foundation established Spectra Art Space, a cultural institution prepared in a professional manner, which is entrusted with the implementation of the Foundation’s goals with regard to patronage of the arts, as well as with the implementation of the mission to support young Polish artists. Anna and Jerzy Starak own one of the largest and most significant private art collections in Poland.



SOON is a cultural project inaugurated by Starak Family Foundation and Ania Muszyńska, curator of Spectra Art Space, in 2013, as a place for experimentation, dedicated to artists under 30. Works presented here, include both architecture and function of the Spectra building, and fits squarely into the site-specific trend. An important element of the presented artistic expressions is a presentation of significant social and political issues by way of reflecting the state of contemporary thought and interests of young people. The implementation of the SOON_ project, in the form of a series of presentations, aims to create a dynamic picture of reality, here and now, from the point of view of the youngest generation of artists. It creates an opportunity for a dialogue with the generation of an open, liberal world of new technologies and new ways of communication.


Starak Family Foundation
Spectra Art Space
Bobrowiecka 6, Warszawa 



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