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Mateusz Sarzyński & Konrad Żukowski „Global Abomination”
14.02.2020 - 28.03.2020
Márton Nemes & Małgorzata Szymankiewicz "Falling Out of Rhythm"
29.11.2019 - 08.02.2020
WGW 2019: BOWNIK "Colours of Lost Time"
20.09.2019 - 23.11.2019
"It hurts when I laugh"
05.07.2019 - 11.09.2019
Martyna Czech, Leszek Knaflewski "We have nothing in common"
25.05.2019 - 30.06.2019
FOAF 2019: BWA Warszawa hosting Gianni Manhattan (Vienna) + Kristina Kite (LA)
06.04.2019 - 11.05.2019
Witek Orski "I would prefer not to talk about this"
14.02.2019 - 30.03.2019
Between Salvation and Constitution
11.11.2018 - 05.01.2019
WGW 2018: Agnieszka Brzeżańska, Jan Dobkowski, Zuza Krajewska "Goddesses"
21.09.2018 - 27.10.2018
Jadwiga Sawicka "Protest Reflex"
23.06.2018 - 31.07.2018
Ewa Ciepielewska "Emotional Support Animals"
12.05.2018 - 16.06.2018
FOAF: Jiří Thýn, Piotr Makowski, Witek Orski, "Line"
07.04.2018 - 28.04.2018
Adam Adach "Demos and Demons"
03.03.2018 - 04.04.2018
Agnieszka Kalinowska "Heavy Water"
27.01.2018 - 28.02.2018
WGW 2017: Yann Gerstberger, Sławomir Pawszak, Hanna Rechowicz "The Uses of Enchantment"
22.09.2017 - 25.11.2017
22.09.2017 - 24.09.2017
"Living in a Material World" Paweł Dudziak, Adrian Kolerski, Michał Sroka, Eliasz Styrna, Katarzyna Szymkiewicz
02.09.2017 - 16.09.2017
Małgorzata Szymankiewicz "Stretching of Concepts"
27.05.2017 - 29.07.2017
Ruben Montini "One Person Protest"
27.05.2017 - 27.05.2017
Wielka 19 Gallery
04.03.2017 - 06.05.2017
28.01.2017 - 25.02.2017
Witek Orski & Maria Toboła "Spinning sex"
17.12.2016 - 14.01.2017
WGW 2016: Karol Radziszewski "Ali"
23.09.2016 - 19.11.2016
Small Sculptural Forms
19.06.2016 - 10.09.2016
Sławomir Pawszak "Heat"
12.03.2016 - 28.05.2016
Krzysztof Maniak "Snow Is What Comes To Mind"
06.02.2016 - 05.03.2016
Lada Nakonechna, Zhanna Kadyrova "Experiments"
05.12.2015 - 30.01.2016
WGW 2015: Ewa Axelrad "Minimum, Necessary, Objectively Reasonable"
25.09.2015 - 21.11.2015
Małgorzata Szymankiewicz "Postproduction"
26.06.2015 - 12.09.2015
Joanna Janiak, Piotr C. Kowalski "The Nature of Things"
25.04.2015 - 13.06.2015
Iza Tarasewicz "Reverse Logistics"
14.02.2015 - 19.04.2015
Karol Radziszewski "In the Shadow of the Flame"
29.11.2014 - 04.02.2015
WGW: Olga Mokrzycka-Grospierre, Nicolas Grospierre "A Glass Shard in the Eye"
26.09.2014 - 22.11.2014
Jadwiga Sawicka "Fragments of Stories"
24.05.2014 - 24.07.2014
Jakub Woynarowski "Saturnia Regna"
15.03.2014 - 17.05.2014
Sławomir Pawszak „Cannabis, whisky, ananas”
11.01.2014 - 08.03.2014
The Gardens. Laura Kaminskaite, Augustas Serapinas
23.11.2013 - 19.12.2013
Agnieszka Kalinowska "Eastern Wall"
27.09.2013 - 16.11.2013
Zuza Krajewska "Solstice"
29.06.2013 - 14.09.2013
WITHERED, Kisterem Gallery, Budapest
21.06.2013 - 15.08.2013
25.04.2013 - 21.06.2013
“Warsaw: The Day After..." Vartai Gallery, Vilnius
11.04.2013 - 11.05.2013
Self-Organization, vol.2: New Roman
23.03.2013 - 20.04.2013
Ewa Axelrad "Warm Leatherette"
26.01.2013 - 20.03.2013
Self-Organization, vol. 1. Certainty
05.01.2013 - 19.01.2013
Ziemilski / Marriott / The End of the World
21.12.2012 - 21.12.2012
Kama Sokolnicka "Rusty elements of our garden"
28.09.2012 - 30.11.2012
"ALPHAVILLE" Griffin Artspace, Warsaw
28.09.2012 - 30.12.2012
Krystian TRUTH Czaplicki "The Changeling"
21.07.2012 - 09.08.2012
Adam Adach "Reprezentacja"
21.04.2012 - 07.07.2012
Małgorzata Szymankiewicz, Przemek Dzienis "Sub Pop"
25.02.2012 - 14.04.2012
Nicolas Grospierre "The Bank"
03.12.2011 - 11.02.2012
Tribute To Fangor
05.11.2011 - 20.11.2011
"New Order", Art Stations, Poznań
29.09.2011 - 09.02.2012
Wojtek Ziemilski "New Order" performance
23.09.2011 - 24.09.2011
Agnieszka Kalinowska „Extinguished Neon Signs”
10.09.2011 - 30.10.2011
Jarosław Fliciński "Nobody Knows That For Sure" BWA Warszawa
25.06.2011 - 28.08.2011
THE OPENING "Plundering the Ruins of Reality"
07.05.2011 - 11.06.2011

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Marcin Szczelina, Functional House. An art report from Warsaw., 24.08.2011

Functional House
An art report from Warsaw by Marcin Szczelina

A restored modernist villa hosts a combined experimental art project and culture venue that revives its original purpose

The most original cultural center in Poland, Functional House combines various activities, commercial and cultural alike. The space contains an art gallery, the famous Varsovian culture magazine WAW, a conference room, and in the near future there will be another gallery, and several art foundations among others. A truly functional house! The project was initiated by BWA Warsaw.

The house, located in Saska Kepa, was built in 1928 by architect Czeslaw Przybylski for his friend, the sculptor Mieczyslaw Lubelski. The project was designed during a groundbreaking period of creativity for Przybylski—his career evolved from classical design, through monumental buildings, to functionalism. Przybylski is one of the most respected architects of the interwar period, and was one of the designers of Warsaw's main railway station, destroyed in World War II during the Warsaw Uprising.

Jaroslaw Flicinski, project murals for Warsaw Central railway station, 2011.

It is difficult to find the Functional House in any directory or publication. The building belongs to a specific faction of modernism still largely undiscovered. The ground floor is dedicated to working space, there is a large skylight and a mezzanine which overlooks the garden. The upper floors are divided into smaller rooms and on the top floor the space connects to a large terrace. The form of the building resembles a tower, its individual parts merging in an extraordinary staircase, which retains many elements characteristic of modernism. After the war the living space was used for social housing, popular in the Communist era, but the working space was used by Elzbieta and Emil Cieslar, the creators of Repassage Gallery, and the artists Wiktor and Barbara Gutt.

Functional House, courtesy BWA Warszawa.

For several months now the House has had a new owner—Wojciech Poplawski, co-founder of OP ARCHITEKTEN and designer of the award winning Andels Hotel in Lódz. Poplawski is a great enthusiast of modernist architecture, which is apparent in his renovation of Functional House. He starts from the existing historic architectural tissue, reworks it with great respect, trying not to obscure traces of history. His main design objective was to restore the property to its original function, creating a place dedicated to art and cultural activities.
"Poplawski is a great enthusiast of modernist architecture, which is apparent in his renovation of Functional House. He starts from the existing historic architectural tissue, reworks it with great respect, trying not to obscure traces of history."

The symbolic beginning of the House's activity was the opening of BWA Warsaw, a gallery led by three young talented curators—Tomasz Plata, Justyna Kowalska and Michal Suchora. Currently in the gallery and open until the end of August, is Jaroslaw Flicinski's exhibition Nobody knows until the end, which consists of two projects. The first are abstract, large-scale canvases in a series entitled Uklady / Arrangements, which fills the entire exhibition space. The second parallel part is named Flicinski for Central Railway Station, a presentation announcing the artist's painting intervention in the space of Warsaw's train station Warszawa Centralna. Revitalized after years of neglect, the station is a classic building of Polish socialist modernism and is an object of high architectural value, with a pragmatic combination of external form and minimalism characteristic of late modernism, and reference to the local context.

Flicinski proposed to position wide white stripes on the pillars between the platforms organizing the space of the station's underground at a different perspective than the present (across the space, rather than along the platforms), making up a sort of a large-scale visual game or riddle (where one stands in forced perspective for all the pieces to come together). Flicinski has already realized several projects in a similar vein, including Renoma Wroclaw and the Museum of Art in Lódz. The artist's abstract images in an op-art style will most likely be implimented at the end of the current working year.
Marcin Szczelina

From left: Jaroslaw Flicinski, Rozmowa zaczela sie przed czasem, 2008; We Were Playing Marbles When the Rain Started Falling on the Tin Roof, 2009; Nobody Lives Here, 2008.