Photoblock | Central Europe in photo books

28 May 2020 - 4 October 2020

Photoblock | Central Europe in photo books

Place Museum of Modern Art, Denisova 824, 779 00 Olomouc, CZECH REPUBLIC
Organizer International Cultural Centre in Cracow and Olomouc Museum of Art
More info https://www.muo.cz/en/exhibitions/photoblock-central-europe-in-photo-books--3194/

The history of the 20th century narrated through photobooks is amazing and intriguing. The dreams of Central European artists, utopian visions of the future, struggle for independence, and documents of everyday life mix here with propaganda, tragedy, and war. Viewed through the prism of photobooks, Central Europe is both beautiful and brutal, touching and shocking. The new exhibition Photobloc. Central Europe in Photobooks is the first comprehensive display of photobooks from Central Europe that covers over a hundred years of their history focusing on the most ground-breaking, most interesting and beautiful pieces.
The narrative of the exhibition is divided into six thematic chapters. It takes the viewer through the 20th century from the moment when the first mass printed photobooks were issued, through the period of revived and newly formed states, the trauma of another world war and wide-scale modernisation that intersected with reproduced propaganda images of mass suffering and death. The exhibition also features publications documenting everyday life, social processes and attitudes in the 1960s and ’70s up to the present day, as well as the era of political, cultural, and technological transformation.
The exhibition will showcase popular and collectible photobooks as well as film chronicles, pictures, prints, and art objects. Exhibits will be there to see, but also to leaf through, read and touch. It is perhaps the last chance to directly experience photobooks, since they are increasingly highly valued, collected, and ultimately will also become less available soon.

PHOTOBLOC Central Europe in Photobooks
Exhibition concept: Łukasz Gorczyca, Adam Mazur
Curators: Łukasz Gorczyca, Adam Mazur, Natalia Żak
Research team: Arnis Balčus, Vladimír Birgus, Adriana Dumitran, Eve Kiiler, Bohunka Koklesová, Claudia Küssel, Agnė Narušytė, Tomáš Pospěch, Peter Puklus, Wojciech Wilczyk
Coordination: Štěpánka Bieleszová, Karolina Wójcik
Graphic design: Kuba Sowiński, Vladimír Vaca
Architectural design: Adam Mazur, Michal Soukup
Installation: Vlastimil Sedláček, Filip Šindelář
Promotion: Tomáš Kasal, Lukáš Horák
Translation: Zuzana Henešová, Jan Jeništa
Works from the collections of: Archiv B&M Chochola, Biblioteka Narodowa w Warszawie, Biblioteca Naţională a României (Bucharest), Biblioteka Jagiellońska (Kraków), Filmoteka Narodowa – Instytut Audiowizualny (Warsaw), Galeria Piekary (Poznań), Instytut Sztuki PAN w Warszawie, Knihovna města Olomouce, Latvijas Nacionâlâ bibliotçka (Riga), Ludvig Museum (Budapest), Magyar Fotográfiai Múzeum (Kecskemét), MCK (Kraków), MOCAK (Kraków), Muzeum Narodowe we Wrocławiu, Slovenská národná galeria (Bratislava), Univerzitná knižnica (Bratislava), Uniunea Arhitecților din România (Bucharest), Wojewódzka Biblioteka Publiczna w Krakowie, Vědecká knihovna (Olomouc), Zbyněk Baladrán / hunt kastner (Prague) Arnis Balčus, Vladimír Birgus, Adriana Dumitran, Sabra Daici, Aneta Grzeszykowska, Łukasz Gorczyca, Danuta Hartwig-Saulewicz, Joanna Helander, Eve Kiiler, Claudia Küssel, Zbigniew Libera, Adam Mazur, Rafał Milach, Vlad Nancă, Jüri Okas, Peter Puklus, Valeriu Râpeanu, Ľubo Stacho, Sławomir Smolarek