Birgit Jürgenssen

English
CORPUS

CORPUS

ZACHĘTA – NATIONAL GALLERY OF ART

01/10/14 – 19/10/14

“Corpus” is a group exhibition comprised of works relating to the body and corporality, inspired by the books Corpus and Corpus II. Writings on Sexuality by Jean-Luc Nancy — one of the most important contemporary French philosophers.

The exhibition will constitute an attempt to visualise the essential themes raised in the books: what is one’s own body, or that of another? What are our bodies for us – something over which we have possession, “us” ourselves, or simply the biological foundation of consciousness? When we think, feel, desire, are “we” doing it or is this the action of our bodies? Are thoughts the product of pure reason, or are they also born in the body? Do feelings have their basis in a pure heart, or in a sensuous body? The works shown at the exhibition concern the fundamental questions over which Nancy deliberates, the sources of the idea of Corpus: those of one’s own and others’ bodies, of written bodies and writing “for bodies”, of thoughts and an extension of the psyche, of the auto-exhibition of bodies, of their anatomies, wounds holes, openings, entrances, impurities and finally of the body in the experience of pleasure and sexuality.

Artists: Marina Abramović, Samuel Beckett, Vanessa Beecroft, Valie Export, Barbara Hammer, Marek Konieczny, Birgit Jürgenssen, Sigalit Landau, Dominik Lejman, Zbigniew Libera, Klara Lidén, Sarah Lucas, Jacek Malinowski, Ana Mendieta, Duane Michals, Magdalena Moskwa, Clifford Owens, Friederike Pezold, Adam Rzepecki, Santiago Sierra, Alina Szapocznikow, Betty Tompkins, Hannah Wilke

Curator: Maria Brewińska
Collaboration:
 Katarzyna Stupnicka