The exhibition presents artists associated with Krakow born in the 1950s and 1960s. This is the third exhibition in a series inaugurated by MOCAK in October 2015. The aim of this series is to provide an overview of art in the city that for centuries was its capital.
The artists presented are united by the specificity of the time in which they grew up. The realities of the People’s Republic of Poland forced them to delineate their personal freedom. It was achieved through protest actions, scandals or outsider attitudes, distance to the world, search within mysticism and transcendence. For many of these artists, the time of their studies at the Kraków Academy is significant, as they had to confront the tradition of the academy – to accept its rules or oppose them. Another challenge was the necessity to respond to the philosophy of art passed on by the lecturers, including Janina Kraupe-Świderska, Jerzy Nowosielski, Zbigniew Grzybowski and Mieczysław Wejman. However, the community of experiences, sharing the studio, didactic work at the Academy of Fine Arts and Pedagogical University, affiliation to associations did not form a homogenous artistic environment. The aim of the exhibition is to show various trends and sources of inspiration of this generation. The analysis of individual artists' achievements allowed to select works that have the greatest potential to illustrate their philosophy of art. The exhibition has no thematic or media limitations. We present painting, drawing, photography, objects and installations. Some of the authors have achieved international success, others create in local privacy. Thanks to this juxtaposition, the exhibition broadens the image of the Krakow art scene.