curated by Grzegorz Musial and Franck Marlot

Artists: Martha Boto, Carlos Cruz-Diez, Horacio Garcia Rossi, Werner Graeff, László Moholy-Nagy, Julio Le Parc, Józef Robakowski, Nicolas Schöffer, Jesús Rafael Soto, Gregorio Vardanega, Robert Kuśmirowski

Anthology. Chapter 1
curated by Sebastian Cichocki
Palazzo Donà Site Specific

With the newly organized space of Palazzo Donà, the Foundation presents objects and sculptures, as well as installations and films in which light and movement become essential elements of the composition. The exhibition, prepared in collaboration with Galerie Denise René, includes works by masters of kinetic art, shows the Avant-garde origins of the movement and its influence on the art of today. The viewer is a participant in the project. His presence triggers movement and the play of light enriching the work of art with the dimension of time. This constant change confers ineffable quality to the work of art.

The exhibition is accompanied by a catalogue in Italian and French with a complete photographic documentation, essays by Grzegorz Musial, Arnauld Pierre’a, Denise René, Andrzej Turowski, and biographical notes of the participating artists. “Luce e Movimento / Lumière et Mouvement”, Signum Foundation and Marsilio, Venice 2010, 128 pages.

Robert Kuśmirowski, Anthology. Chapter 1

In 2009 with the first exhibition in Palazzo Donà entitled Awake and Dream, Signum Foundation inaugurated a cycle of long-term site- specific projects: Anthology. The first chapter was prepared by the artist Robert Kuśmirowski and Sebastian Cichocki, the curator of the Museum of Contemporary Art in Warsaw.

In Anthology. Chapter 1 the artist impersonates a researcher, archivist, and restorer, as well as a witness, artisan, and creator. Not all of his activities are visible to the audience and not all of them result in the creation of concrete objects. The curator will write a story parallel to the artist’s action. Both components are essential to read or interpret the project which, given the particularity of the venue, could result in the testing of new curatorial strategies and of new models of perception. The gradual and leisurely evolution of this of this multileveled artwork is intended to integrate the rhythm of life in Venice with its concrete historical and theoretical reality, particularly relating to its dependence on water from which it derives its constant mutability.

The work of Robert Kuśmirowski is characterized by a search for emotional ties between the real and the imaginary. Kuśmirowski blends “real objects” and exquisite replicas to create seemingly authentic scenes and stories. By manipulating history, he creates a future rich in quotes and points of reference. The passage of time filtered through his personal experience and universal sources, becomes a self-sustaining obsession.

Signum Foundation

Established in 2002 in Poznan, Poland, Signum Foundation opened its new exhibition venue in Palazzo Donà in Venice in May 2009. This non-profit foundation promotes art by organizing theme exhibitions and presenting its own collection of contemporary art. The exhibitions and events of interdisciplinary character bring a new perspective to the presentation of art. The main goal of the Foundation’s activities is to offer an artistic analysis of the current cultural and social issues in relation to a specific site and event.