If I were the moon,

I would quit the booze,

my light would be split

among the sober and the lit:

to the drunks I’d be bright,

to the sober — not quite.

Władysław Broniew­ski, 1955


The post-​romantic figure of the drun­ken artist is fading into the past, leaving behind a land­scape lit­tered with hal­lucinations, depravity, and shat­tered illusions. This is the story of the intimate ties between con­tem­porary art and vodka. Con­ceived as a medley of artworks and documen­tary con­tent, the exhibition features Krzysztof M. Bed­nar­ski, Olaf Brzeski, Michał Budny, Rafał Buj­now­ski, Oskar Dawicki, Edward Dwur­nik, Władysław Hasior, Jerzy Lewczyński, Honorata Martin, Dominika Olszowy, Zbigniew Rogal­ski, Wil­helm Sasnal, and others.


Edward Dwurnik, My Head, 1984, oil on canvas, 146 x 78 cm



Wilhelm Sasnal, Fire, 160 x 160 cm, 2007


Bartek Materka, Drunk Self-Portrait, 2008, oil on canvas, 45 x 38 cm

warsaw gal­lery week­end 2018

If I Were the Moon


Opening on Friday, September 21, 5–9 PM

The gallery will be open from 12 to 7 PM during WGW (September 22–23)