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livinggallery web site was founded by art theoreticians and artists from Poland. The idea of the portal is to describe the phenomena of contemporary art as seen from the outside of institution. Livinggallery web site is connected with a printed Art & Documentation scholarly magazine. It is engaged in the research of art in the last decades. Livinggallery is a kind of a lab in which we observe, register and archive current events in contemporary art.

We are particularly interested in ephemeral art events - performance art, processual art, art actions and interventions. The art of social narration and feminist art are close to us as well.

We are waiting for proposals - written reports and reviews of art events and interviews with artists from international authors. Texts may be sent by art critics and theoreticians, artists, journalists and everyone interested in contemporary art.

We prefer texts in English. We do not pay for sent materials. However, we may put information about the author and links to her / his publications.

We also welcome banners and announcements of art events organized by galleries, art institutions, foundations, associations and independent curators. Art magazines are welcome to advertise with us as well.

To enquire about advertising possibilities in livinggallery magazine on line, please contact:

ads@livinggllery.info



Livinggallery initiative history

Living Gallery - was the title of Jozef Robakowski film from 1975. It is a film-catalogue that documents works of selected artists. The structural principle of the movie is that each artist had the same amount of time (1,5 min.) to present himself/herself and his/her art piece in a free manner. A novelty role for a movie director not to present artists from his point of view, but to give them the possibility of free and boundless expression. This way he became conducive to art and the artists. The Living Gallery newspaper appeared in 1997 along with an exhibition Living Gallery - The Progressive Art Movement of Lodz in the Zacheta Gallery (no. 0). Till now 5 issues have appeared, each one edited by different milieu. The publications were followed by meetings of the movement members. In every issue there was an updated LIST OF THE CONDUCIVE GALLERIES AND PEOPLE.

The first meeting - a forum of independent venues was held in Wyspa Gallery, Gdansk as part of its 10th anniversary in 1995. This is when a motto: The Site of Idea - The Idea of Site emerged. The next meeting was held in Poznan in 1998 (there were two more Living Gallery meetings in Poznan - 2001 and 2004), one in Bydgoszcz (1999) and one in Lodz (1999). In 2000 the meeting was held in Gdansk again, linked to the exhibition in Laznia Centre for Contemporary Art, and a debate in the Wyspa Gallery. The meeting is documented on a CD-ROM: 33 galleries and other places in Poland (published in 2004). The meeting during the art fair Art Poznan in Stary Browar, 2004, seemed to be unsuccessful in the minds of many participants. However, photos and notes on independent galleries appeared in the catalogue edited especially for that occasion. The last meeting of the Living Gallery forum took place in Warsaw, on December 11-13, 2004. It was the biggest meeting as yet. 40 galleries and organizations presented their recent activities and ca. 100 members and followers participated, representing a wide range of art milieus from Poland. It appeared that we are a powerful lobby! For the first time the Ministry of Culture joined in to organize the meeting (ex-Ministry of Culture Mr Dabrowski also showed up).

The independent art movement in Poland thrives. The way we understand and the manner we practice our independence and offer an alternative has changed - it meant something different in the 70's under "light" communist regime, than during Martial Law in the 80's, and yet something different again during the political and economical trasformation in the 90's. It also has a different meaning nowadays.

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