New Budapest Gallery
1093 Budapest, Fővám tér 11–12., (Bálna Budapest)
5 October 2016 – 8 January 2017
4 October 2016 (Tuesday) 6–8 pm
Welcome speech by:
director of the Polish Institute in Budapest
Opening speech by:
As its name indicates, the group was formed in the important industrial town of Łódź in 1979. The Neo-avant-garde art group uses photo media and a conceptual understanding of tradition in its approach to the genres of photography, experimental film, and performance as a pictorial unit. Their artistic program is based on Dadaist traditions and points to Surrealist anarchism. They were radical critics of socialist Poland of the 1980s, and they owe their international fame to this.
Stefan and Mayonnaise, 2016
This cycle of works by the group Łódź Kaliska entitled The Prophets’ Parade is, as always with these artists, an ironic and irreverent statement about collective myth-making with which Poles have been feeding successive generations for decades. Starting with compulsory reading material at school, myth-making constantly refers to the Romantic tradition, the archaic notions of which are grotesque when juxtaposed with the contemporary world. When they show a female charging with a lance or transform Balladyna – the sombre character of Słowacki’s drama of the same title – into a figure who loves taking selfies, the artists of Łódź Kaliska depict the symbols of Polish national megalomania and, with a perverse distance, expose the abusive manipulation of martyrological stereotypes.
The project The Prophets’ Parade consists of the following works: Stefan and Mayonnaise, Mickiewicz, Balladyna Selfie, Janina Kochanowska and The Standing Charge.