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Theatre of life

Life, life itself… is the absolute art!

Exhibition opening: Friday, 18th May, 7 PM

Saturday 19th May, from 12 AM to 12 PM for European Night of Museums, free entrance for intense program of performances, lectures and screenings

19th May at 6.30 PM:…


Posted on May 11, 2012 at 9:30

IV CoCArt Music Festival

Saturday, 31st of March 2012, 6.00 PM, Studio + kitchen @ CoCA in Torun
Chilloutroom @ Tantra Club

CoCArt Music Festiwal is the unique event in this part of Europe, linking new trends in contemporary, avant-garde and experimental music, with electronical and electroacoustic character, together with projects based on esthetical valorization of multimedia, treaten as a rightful component of artistic activities.


/ Chris Cutler (UK) www.ccutler.com/ccutler
/ C.3.3. (UK) - Paul Jamrozy, ex Test Dept testdept.org.uk
/ Steve Buchanan & Heike Fiedler (CH) www.roaratorio.ch
/ pathMAN (PL) - ex Atman pathman.republika.pl
/ ZENIAL (PL) www.zenial.audiotong.net
/ HATI (PL) www.myspace.com/hatitah


Rafal Iwanski, Rafal Kolacki

Posted on March 20, 2012 at 9:42

Jan Berdyszak. Density of the shadow. Between light and darkness

opening of the exhibition: 30th of March, 7 PM
30.03. - 13.05.2012

curator by: Marta Smolińska

Jan Berdyszak since the beginning of his work deals with the problems of seeing and process of perception, which are observed under specific conditions, such as bright light, deep darkness and the shadow. Shadow – as a value that occurs between light and darkness – it seems particularly interesting, because it binds with vagueness, mildness, opacity, stratification, density and the uncertainty of perception. As shown in this artist's achievements in this sphere between extreme values can occur most intriguing phenomena, revealing the surprising and often overlooked aspects of reality. Jan Berdyszak wrote in his sketchbook no. 16 in 1963: "(...)the place between is sensitive to the variable contents. Susceptibility to the variability of the contents and interpretations arises at the interface of heterogeneity reality. "

Scenario of the exhibition, prepared specifically for the space on the second floor of Centre of Contemporary Art in Torun, is planned so that the works of Artist, associated with the shadow (graphics, projections, objects made of glass, etc.), were situated between the installation of "Step into the light" and the site-specific installation "Darkness". The recipient, passing through the kind of environment, created by the bright light, is confronted with a situation in which the seeing –  instead of according to the stereotypical expectations to be heightened by the light –  is almost totally extinguished, leading to temporary blindness, or not seeing. A similar effect, but obtained on completely different principles and different means, brings contact with the installation of "Darkness" –  the…


Posted on March 20, 2012 at 9:40

The fourth state of water: from micro to macro

Opening of the exhibition: 2nd of March 2012 at 7PM

Curated by: Victoria Vesna

Symposium connected with the exhibition will be held on 22nd of March – World Water Day – at the California NanoSystems Institute, UCLA, Los Angeles

Online meta site premiering in collaboration with author Linda Weintraub and Claudia Jacques -- a virtual exhibition of artists and scientists around the planet working with water: waterbodies.org 


Artists & scientists:Karla Brunet (Brazil), Richard Clar & Dinis Afonso Ribeiro (USA / Portugal), Suzon Fuks (Australia), Shiho Fukuhara & Georg Tremmel (Japan / Austria), Dew Harrison (GB), Tomoko Hayashi (Japan), Takashi Ikegami (Japan), Hideo Iwasaki (Japan), Hu Jie Ming (China), Gil Kuno (Japan/USA), Linda Lai (China), Nobuho Nagasawa (Japan/USA), Mizuko Oka & Yasuhiro Hashimoto (Japan), João Vasco Paiva (Portugal/China), Ellen Pau (China), Silvia Rigon (Italy/USA), Mana Salehi (Iran/Spain), Claudia Schmacke (Germany), Alicia Vela (Spain), Pinar Yoldas (Turkey/USA), Jiang Zhi (China)

Featuring essay by Philip Ball, “Why Water is Weird”

Philip Ball, author of History of H20 inspired the theme of this exhibition has generously contributed his essay “Why Water is Weird” recently presented at the Royal Society of Chemistry.

Victoria Vesna is known as one of the most cutting-edge media artists, committed to experimental and innovative practices which seek for the enlargement of the boundaries of art through the dialogue with science and advanced technologies. In addition to her long-term collaboration with nanoscientist James Gimzewski who she co-directs the UCLA Art |Sci center, Victoria is currently…

Posted on February 22, 2012 at 14:13

People and the city

The Centre of Contemporary Art in Toruń and UniCredit Present an Artistic Journey Through Modern Metropolitan Life

The opening of the exhibition: 2nd of March 2012 at 7 PM

Designed and curated by Dobrila Denegri, Artistic Director of the Centre of Contemporary Art in Toruń, together with Walter Guadagnini, Chairman of the UniCredit for Art Scientific Commission, which also includes Luca Massimo Barbero, Lorand Hegyi and Angelika Nollert.

February 2012 – UniCredit and Bank Pekao S.A., in partnership with the Centre of Contemporary Art (CoCA) in Toruń, Poland and under the patronage of the Italian Embassy in Warsaw, present the second edition of the People and the Cityexhibition, following its success in Moscow last year. The show will run from Saturday, March 3 to Sunday, April 29, 2012 in the CoCA exhibition space.

A press conference will be held on Friday, March 2 at 12:00 p.m. to launch the exhibition, where eminent Italian artist Francesco Jodice will discuss City Tellers, his documentary film series about urban realities in São Paulo, Dubai and Aral.

UniCredit is pleased to accept CoCA’s invitation to participate in its rich 2012 cultural program. However, Toruń is not the first city to host an exhibition of artwork from the UniCredit Art Collection. The PastPresentFuture exhibition was held in Vienna, Verona and Istanbul in 2009-2010, after which 80 works from the UniCredit Art Collection were on display in the Things are Queer exhibition held at the Marta Herford Gallery in spring 2011.

People and the…


Posted on February 22, 2012 at 14:11

THYMÓS. The Art of Anger 1900 – 2011

opening: 28th of October 2011, 7 PM

panel discussion: 8 PM

artists: Jacek Adamas, Krzysztof M. Bednarski, Behemoth, Marcin Berdyszak, Jerzy Bereś, Mieczysław Berman, Stefan Bernaciński, Aleksander Blonder, Edmund Burke, Józef Charyton, Roman Cieślewicz, Hubert Czerepok, Piotr Danya, Andrzej Dłużniewski, Maciej J. Drygas, Ksawery Dunikowski, Edward Dwurnik, Wojciech Fangor, Karol Ferster, Witold Gordon, Katarzyna Górna, Stanisław Gratkowski, Ryszard Grzyb, Gustaw Gwozdecki, Jerzy Hulewicz, Lucjan Jagodziński, Jerzy Jankowski, Jerzy Januszkiewicz, Mieczysław Jurgielewicz, Grzegorz Klaman, Leszek Knaflewski, Jerzy Kosałka, Paweł Kowalewski, Juliusz Krajewski, Tomasz Kulka, Henryk Kuna, Przemysław Kwiek, Wojciech Leder, Zbigniew Libera, Stanisław Ligoń, Bronisław Wojciech Linke, Stanisław Lipiński, Kamil Mackiewicz, Wodek Majewski, Wojciech Meyer, Jarosław Modzelewski, Tomasz Musiał, Dorota Nieznalska, Bogdan Nowakowski, Roman Opałka, Ryszard Ordyński, Stanisław Osostowicz, Andrzej Partum, Ewa Partum, Włodzimierz Pawlak, Jan Piekarczyk, Kazimierz Podsadecki, Roman Polański, Marta Pszonak, Karol Radziszewski, Józef Robakowski, Antoni Romanowicz, Antoni Rozwadowski, Andrzej Różycki, Adam Rzepecki, Jan Rylke, Zygmunt Rytka, Tomasz Sarnecki, Wawrzek Sawicki, Tomasz Sikorski, Jonasz Stern, Stanisław Szukalski, Aleksandra Ska, Marek Sobczyk, Tomasz Stańko, The Krasnals, Jerzy Treliński, Marek Wagner, Henryk Waniek, Zbigniew Warpechowski, Marek Wasilewski, Stanisław Westwalewicz, Ryszard Woźniak, Krzysztof Zarębski, Wojciech Zasadni, Zbigniew Ziomecki, Marek Zygmunt, Teresa Żarnowerówna, Alicja Żebrowska

curated by: Kazimierz Piotrowski

CoCA in Torun invites You to an amazing exhibition, presenting over 120 works by Polish artists. Some of the exhibited pieces were created at the beginning of…


Posted on October 21, 2011 at 10:00

Nothing is eternally important

Works from the Reginal Zacheta Contemporary Art Collection Szczecin

opening: 23rd Septemper, 7 PM

artists: Jakub Bąkowski, Hubert Czerepok, Marta Deskur, Wojciech Duda, Aneta Grzeszczykowska, Izabella Gustowska, Elżbieta Jabłońska, Leszek Knaflewski, Barbara Konopka, Zofia Kulik, Piotr Kurka, Kamil Kuskowski, Konrad Kuzyszyn, Zbigniew Libera, Natalia LL, Artur Malewski, Agata Michowska, Tomasz Mróz, Johan Muyle, Hanna Nowicka, Anna Orlikowska, Józef Robakowski, Zygmunt Rytka, Jadwiga Sawicka, Aleksandra Ska, Jan Smaga, Krzysztof Sołowiej, Paweł Susid, Klaudia Wojciechowicz, Julita Wójcik

curators: Agata Zbylut, Kamil Kuskowski

The impulse to create the Regional Collection of Zachęta Contemporary Art in Szczecin was the National Culture Program Signs of the Time founded in 2004. It encouraged local governments to invest in contemporary art as well as create new qualities. Instead of financing the existing culture institutions, the program distributed subsidies through NGOs, provided their activities were funded by local governments. Associations founded in each voivodeship were modeled after Zachęta National Gallery of Art. The value of the program was not only convincing the local governments to talk about contemporary art, but also bringing their attention to activities of the third sector.

The program also assumed far-reaching sovereignty of the participating subjects, which decided themselves about the priorities of the emerging collection. In the case of the Regional Collection of Zachęta Contemporary Art we have considered the resources already gathered in the region – the collection of the National Museum in Szczecin and the Osiecka Collection of the Museum in Koszalin. This is why we chose the year 1989 as a starting point, as it is both a moment of political, economic and mental transformation and a symbolic date when most regional collections lost… Continue

Posted on September 19, 2011 at 9:19

Margaret’s Golden Hair

opening: 23rd September, 19.00

Krystyna Piotrowska

Curator: Marta Smolińska

The exhibition Małgorzata’s Golden Hair in CoCA in Toruń is the first such extensive presentation of Krystyna Piotrowska’s works. It shows a specific dialogue between the artis’s latest and earlier pieces.

Since 2005 Krystyna Piotrowska, formerly working with graphic techniques, has been doing mainly installations and video works. The reason for this shift was “Próżna Street” project initiated by the artist along with Krystiana Robb-Narbut in desolate houses in Próżna St. in Warsaw, the only remains after the ghetto that used to be there. Within the project, once a year, in the dilapidated interiors in the city centre there are exhibitions held to remind of the Jewish past of the place. Krystyna Piotrowska not only presents her works there, but is also the curator.

Małgorzata’s Golden Hair, photo documentation of plaiting

This experience is closely linked to the artist’s biography as well as to her questions about individual identity crystallized somewhere on the tense borderland of Jewishness and Polishness. In her works, the artist poses questions about her own countenance, putting herself in the context of History with the horror of the Holocaust and the current realities. Her means of expression and multifaceted message of certain works go beyond an individual statement and become transmitters for universal meanings valid for all of us and our questions about our own condition in the face of History, time and liquid modernity. Piotrowska also deals with the passing of time, the change of facial features through the years, femininity and its various manifestations.

The main theme of Krystyna Piotrowska’s latest installation, as the title… Continue

Posted on September 19, 2011 at 9:00

Dialogue Design | Festival of Graphic Design | Minsk, Belarus

The Centre of Contemporary Art (CoCA) in Torun, one of the newest and most vibrant national institutions dedicated to promote contemporay polish artists, decided to present its activity in the neighbouring Republic of Belarus. The interdisciplinary Dialogue Design / Dizajn Dialogu Festival is meant to initiate a series of meetings between two different artworlds, with their various historical background and current design trends.


DIALOGUE stands for the leitmotiv of the festival – seen as the dialogue between Polish and Belarusian artists, between various forms of artistic creativity and art manifestos as well as between diverse fields of art, such as graphics, music and animation. This dialogue also constitutes a springboard for various comparisons, but above all it's meant to create an opportunity for the artists and the public to meet and discover new art phenomena in the field of graphic design. The lectures and workshops that make part of the programme will certainly offer a great possibility for the begginers and more experienced professional artists to discuss, exchange opinions and start artistic  cooperation that may result in creating collective, Polish-Belarusian art projects.

The festival, featuring many leading Polish designers and teoreticians, such as Dawid Korzekwa, Hakobo, Homework, Franciszek Otto, Mirosław Adamczyk, Szymon Saliński,  Nikodem Pręgowski and Rene Wawrzkiewicz, involves presentations of Polish and Belarusian artists in the public space of Minsk. The outdoor exhibition of posters and logo signs focuses on the confrontation of those two basic elements of every designer's emploi. The  poster, frequently defined as a most simplified graphic form, a visual riddle, is juxtaposed with the logo - a most radical form of visual sythesis,…


Posted on September 12, 2011 at 9:26

Focus Poland Project: to - Marzena Nowak

curated by: Rainer Fuchs

Marzena Nowak’s work is characterized by subtle structures in which the ephemeral and fragile attain form and become visible. Her reductive “images” for the mental and emotional are conceptually precise and at the same time poignantly sensual. The artist proves to be walking the line in many ways: in establishing a connection between painting, drawing, photography, video, sculptural objects and installation thematically, she also draws into focus the relation between personal experiences and socio-cultural framing conditions. A central role is played here by the transforming power of memory in which original facts merge with later projections and form new hybrid concepts.

Characteristic for this are her painted metal objects that reference toys from childhood, like plastic balls, skipping ropes or wooden blocks and on first glance appear no different from them. However, the airiness, lightness and mobility so characteristic of playthings congeal into weighty symbols. In these painted objects, the past acquires a new tint and memories of play fuse with the playful aspects of memory.

The field of tension indicated in these works between the joyful, playful self-reference, and the rules and norms determined by the games themselves as well as by the outside world circumscribes a specific thematic aspect within an oeuvre which is generally characterized by the making visible of ambiguous tensions.

Therefore the artist also employs fragments of her own body in her videos, for example when she shows monotonous and repetitive gestures of her hands that tell us that physical proximity and distance, tenderness and pain as well as self-determination and loss of control are interlinked phenomena. She thus not only subverts clichéd polarizations of emotional states but also questions the notion that… Continue

Posted on June 7, 2011 at 11:47

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Deadline: March 28, 2011

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