“Spring never comes again. . . Children and Art in the 20th & 21st Centuries” at Zachęta National Gallery of Art, Warsaw

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This exhibition title remembers the phrases of Franz Cižek, a pioneer of arts-based schooling from the early twentieth century, which check with our childhood years and sound like a warning, but in addition a name to accountable motion. Are we, as adults, in a position to meet this problem particularly when coping with issues dealing with youngsters and younger individuals at the moment—violence on a daily foundation, experiences involving pandemics, wars and exile? What can we do to enhance younger individuals’s wellbeing, to make sure their voices are clearly heard? What can artwork and the instruments artists present us with do when it comes to shaping youngsters’s identities and empowering their sense of company? 
Our exhibition references the apply of pioneers in fashionable pedagogy (reminiscent of Janusz Korczak, Maria Montessori and Célestin Freinet) and different schooling from the early and center twentieth century (beginning with modernist conceptions developed inside the Bauhaus faculty of artwork and design), in addition to modern references to those sources. The widespread denominator between them is how they assist youngsters’s creativity by interdisciplinary processes, the instructing of various abilities and permitting actuality to be skilled utilizing a spread of senses. 
We thus current examples of creative practices which embrace youngsters as absolutely fledged and lively individuals within the artistic processes. A key characteristic is actions with younger individuals who come from social teams excluded as a consequence of ethnic associations, their financial standing and disabilities. We present the methods wherein artistic practices permit them to get better full emotions of decency and inclusion in motion and dialogue. 
By referencing key historic sources we additionally pose well timed questions on attainable methods schooling can evolve (together with schooling by the humanities) within the twenty first century. This contains new methods of presenting data exterior of faculty primarily based techniques: a rejection of nineteenth century type curriculum hierarchies, making use of data in regards to the unconscious and goals, with emphasis on growth by contact with one’s personal physique and the pure world. 
The exhibition additionally contains examples of creative practices wherein youngsters divulge to adults different types of social relations. We present how collaborative arts actions primarily based on an trade of data, experiences and partnership working can train civic accountability and empathy. 

Partecipating artists:
Paweł Althamer, Zbyňek Baladrán, Yto Barrada, Johanna Billing, Jenny Brockmann,Monster Chetwynd, Alicja Czyczel,  Discoteca Flaming Star, Vincent Eppley, Priscila Fernandes, Péter Forgács, Adelita Husni-Bey, Ane Hjort Guttu, Holobiont Group, Eva Kotátková, Minitremu, Anna Nowicka, Olivia Plender, Jaśmina Wójcik, Alfredo Zinola

Curated By
Joanna Kordjak

at Zachęta Nationwide Gallery of Artwork, Warsaw
till June 18, 2023


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