Poland

Painting IV, from the cycle Antisemitism Renounced (Jews Killed Christ)

Date
2009
Type of object
Obraz
Technique
acrylic, canvas
Dimensions
150 x 200
Date of acquisition
04.01 2010
Catalogue no.
543

Bibliography

– 39. Biennale Malarstwa „Bielska Jesień 2009” [kat. wyst.], red. G. Cybulska, Galeria Bielska BWA, Bielsko Biała; 2009, reprod.: s. 19
– Targi Sztuki „Sfera Sztuki”, Bielsko-Biała;  kat. wyst. wyd. przez Galerię Bielską BWA, s. [45]
– reprod.: „Relacje–Interpretacje”, nr 3/2009, wewn. str. okładki i s. 23
– Kolekcja Sztuki Galerii Bielskiej BWA [album], red. i oprac. G. Cybulska, Galeria Bielska BWA, Bielsko-Biała 2011, ss. 92, 94-95

Exhibitions

2009 – 39. Biennale Malarstwa „Bielska Jesień 2009”, Galeria Bielska BWA, Bielsko-Biała; Grand Prix
2010 – „Mediations Biennale”, Muzeum Narodowe, Poznań
2010 – Targi Sztuki „Sfera Sztuki”, Bielsko-Biała; reprod.: kat. wyst., s. [45], wyd. przez Galerię Bielską BWA reprod.: „Relacje–Interpretacje”, nr 3/2009, wewn. str. okładki i s. 23

Audio description

Rectangular canvas uniformly primed white. From underneath the white prime emerges a barely discernible inscription scribbled with large gray letters in two lines: . [stressed] “Jews Killed” [stressed] "Christ”. The scribbled slogan looks like graffiti. Minimalist in form, Painting VI by Kamil Kuskowski belongs to the cycle Anti-Semitism Renounced, in which the artist addresses a number of problems occurring around him. Kuskowski used to live in Łódź, which is still rife with anti-Semitic sentiments, especially in the areas where Jewish communities had been firmly rooted before World War II. Łódź is among those cities in Poland which would have never grown into a metropolis without its Jewish and German architects. The artist witnessed various activities led by the authorities in the name of political correctness, e.g. 'tolerance days', when such insulting graffiti was painted over by committed school students. His work, in which the inscription, if barely visible, is still breaking through the white paint aims at exposing the inefficiency of dealing with the popular anti-Semitic sentiments. Offensive slogans may be covered with a thick layer of paint, but this won't make the problem disappear - as exemplified by Anti-Semitism Renounced. The artist questions the possibility of eradicating all the hatred and intolerance from people's minds, even with the use of such cultural actions. The painting was awarded the Grand Prix at the 39th Biennale of Painting "Bielska Jesień" 2009, organized by Galeria Bielska BWA in Bielsko-Biała.