Curatorial Studies

Joanna Mytkowska

Curatorial Lectures: Joanna Mytkowska

The Polish-Soviet Friendship and The Letter

04.06.2020, 20:00



Each academic year, S.M.A.K., Ghent University, and Curatorial Studies at KASK & Conservatorium School of Arts co-organise the Curatorial Lectures series presented by renowned curatorial practitioners in relation to a specific theme. Following ‘Working with Artists’ (2017-18), ‘Learning from Artists’ (2018-19), this year's series revolves around 'Working with Collections’ (2019-20).

Curatorial Lectures is a lecture series co-organised by S.M.A.K. and the Curatorial Studies postgraduate programme at KASK & Conservatorium in Ghent, Belgium.

In her lecture, Mytkowska will present how different sequences of works and narratives intertwine within the collection of the Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw, using two important works as case studies: Alina Szapocznikow’s Monument of Polish-Soviet Friendship (1954) and Goshka Macuga’s The Letter (2011). Her reading will consider anecdotal details, as well as art historical reflection and references to contemporary debates.


Joanna Mytkowska is the director of the Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw since 2007. Previously, she worked as a curator at the Centre Pompidou, Paris. She is the co-founder of the Foksal Gallery Foundation in Warsaw, where she worked from 2001 until 2007. In 2005 she curated the Polish Pavilion at the 51st Venice Biennale, exhibiting Repetition by Artur Żmijewski.

Mytkowska curated and co-curated: Never Again. Art against War and Fascism in the 20th and 21st Centuries (Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw, 2019), Edi Hila. Painter of Transformation (Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw, 2018), Beguiling Siren Is Thy Crest (Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw, 2017), Alina Szapocznikow, Sculpture Undone 1955–1972 (Centre d'Art Contemporain Wiels, Brussels; Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; Museum of Modern Art in New York, 2012–2013), Les promesses du passé (Centre Pompidou, Paris, 2010), Awkward Objects (Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw, 2009), Les Inquiets. Cinq artistes sous la pression de la guerre (Centre Pompidou, Paris, 2008), Le Nuage Magellan (Centre Pompidou, Paris, 2007), and Oskar Hansen. A Dream of Warsaw (Foksal Foundation Gallery, Warsaw 2005). Mytkowska is the editor of the publications Henryk Stażewski. Economy of Thought and Perception (2006) and Edward Krasiński (1997).