Marcin Berdyszak. Vicious Circles of Madness

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  • Thursday, October 29, 2020 - Sunday, May 2, 2021

At the exhibition MOCAK presents three installations: Ian Ross Baughman’s Multi-Equation Case Model, Revitalisation of Jacek Malczewski’s ‘Vicious Circle’ (MOCAK Collection) and Le danse macabre de terrorisme. The most important element in the works of Marcin Berdyszak is the human figure, contextualised by means of clothing, positioning, props and surroundings. The connections between the first two works are constructed by employing mannequins that feature in both works. The subject of the third work is the dialogue that a human being – a terrorist – embarks on with the object.

Marcin Berdyszak (b. 1964) – sculpture, installation, object, multimedia. He creates spatial installations and performative actions. Intrigued by the parameters of place and space, he has organised large scale site-specific actions. His works take up an open dialogue with artists such as Jacek Malczewski, Tadeusz Kantor, Joseph Beuys, Marcel Duchamp, René Magritte, Jasper Johns, as well as the artist’s father, Jan Berdyszak. He meticulously reprocesses motifs familiar from art history, opening up new potential for re-interpretation. He builds installations from fruit and readymade objects such as mannequins. For the latter, he creates contexts that involve designing makeup and costumes. As a result his installations become homogenous, with elements blending to the point of invisibility, thus losing their original meaning.

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