Edward Krasiński at Tate Liverpool, through March 5, 2017

“Tate Liverpool presents the first UK retrospective by Edward Krasiński (1925–2004), one of the most significant Eastern European artists of the 20th century. The exhibition spans the artist’s career bringing together a range of his dynamic sculptures, Interventions and installations including a group of rarely exhibited early works from 1962-65.

From early sculptures made in the 1960s to installations made in the 2000s, the exhibition will emphasise his experimental approach to art and exhibition making along with the inspiration he took from the pre-war avant-gardes, particularly Polish constructivism. The exhibition will further explore the contribution Krasiński made to global tendencies of the 1960s including minimalism and conceptual art. The highlights of the show include his suspended sculptures from 1964-65 that often appear gravity defying in their combination of invisible wires, visual puns and trickery, together with re-stagings of a major groups of his Interventions from the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s.”

‘I come up with an idea, and then bang! There’s no knowing what the result will be.’ — Edward Krasiński, 1997

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Edward Krasiński, Composition in Space VIII, 1963. Acrylic paint, wood, wire, 510 x 290 x 205 mm

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Edward Krasiński, J’AI PERDU LA FIN!!!, 1969

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Edward Krasiński, Intervention 15, 1975. Tape and paint on hardboard support, 699 x 500 x 33 mm

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Edward Krasiński, Intervention 27, 1975. Tape and paint on hardboard, 699 x 500 x 28 mm

The exhibition is curated by Kasia Redzisz, Senior Curator and Stephanie Straine, (former) Assistant Curator, Tate Liverpool. It will tour to The Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam (June 24 – October 15, 2017).

Images courtesy Tate Liverpool.