“Performer” is the first exhibition of art presented in the form of a full-length film. The combination of artistic performance and cinematic action, paired with documentary footage and a fictional narrative, come together to create an astonishing picture of the world of contemporary art centered around the figure of Oskar Dawicki.
The classical form of the stone plaque embellished with a bronze cast of the back side of a woman’s bust is dedicated to everyone who suffers and who has suffered in the name of love.
The blue spangled jacket was given to Dawicki as a gift in April 1995 and has since become his trademark of sorts.
In the autumn of 2012 a 58-year-old man acted out against a painting of the Blessed Virgin Mary of Czestochowa by throwing lightbulbs filled with black paint at it. In consideration of the rhetorical and artistic valors of the use of paint as a weapon, Dawicki decided to apply that idea to the white cube of the gallery space.
Dawicki carries out a spectacular display of appropriating and degrading of one of the most significant figures of contemporary Polish art – the victims of Andrzej Wróblewski’s Executions.
A self-portrait of the artist wearing a ring set with his father’s actual kidney stone.
A rope made of the artist’s bed sheets and clothes was hung through the window of the gallery located on the top floor of the building.
The work inspired by the biblical story of the Tree of Knowledge was first created for the Manifesta 7 exhibition in Roverto (2008) as a night-time camera performance during which the artist took a bite out of all the fruit of an apple tree.
An intimate study of vegetation made possible thanks to a pharmacological support.
The artist placed a vase filled with his own used toothbrushes on the piano that stood in the exhibition space of the Polish Cultural Institute in Paris.
Ulepiony ze śniegu i umieszczony w zamrażarce bałwan ma sześć mosiężnych guzików z wygrawerowanymi po grecku dwoma sentencjami z Rozmyślań Marka Aureliusza.
To see this installation by Dawicki its visitors had to sign a contract in which they swore to keep what they were about to see a complete secret or risk a lawsuit.
A cage of gargantuan dimensions built of bird cages, all of which are empty except for one, containing a dead sparrow.
The entire budget dedicated for the production of the artwork—10,000 Polish złoty—was arranged in hundred-złoty notes on a glass serving plate in a display window in the very center of Warsaw.
The piece centers around a photograph set upon a table, depicting a selection of drawings and sketches by Dawicki, along with his painting tools.