Once We Were – Tarnów

11 June – 24 August 2014

Kinga Bielec, Marek Chlanda, Ulrike Grossarth, Assaf Gruber, Stefania Gurdowa,

Tadeusz Kantor, William Kentridge, Wilhelm Sasnal, Ireneusz Socha, Wiola Sowa & Dorota Krakowska, Wojciech Wilczyk

The curators: Dorota Krakowska, Anna Bujnowska

The opening ceremony: Tuesday 10 June 2014

7 p.m The Regional Museum in Tarnów at Rynek 20-21

8 p.m The BWA Modern Art Gallery in Tarnów at 1, Słowackiego Street

The opening of the exhibition will be preceded by:

12 p.m – a press conference with the participation of the curators and the artists (The BWA Modern Art Gallery at 1, Słowackiego Street in Tarnów)

5 p.m – “The artist and war” a lecture by Anda Rottenberg (The town hall in the Main Market Square

The exhibition titled “Once We Were”, which combines the works of modern artists with historic materials, is devoted to the Jewish people from the pre-war Tarnów and adjacent towns. The exhibition is located in the BWA Modern Art Gallery situated in the neo-Gothic Pałacyk Strzelecki (Hunting Lodge) and in the 16th-c. building of the Regional Museum in the Tarnów Rynek (Market Square), now empty before the renovation.

Some projects are based on local archive materials like photographs or recordings and they were made specially for the exhibition; others are of a more universal nature. All of them are trying, through various means and diverse media, to find the places, relations, and most of all the people who used to be an integral part of this city and of the world before the war. Here fictional and half-true stories are created, and the authentic ones are recalled. Once we were here together.

The exhibition is accompanied by a bilingual publication with texts by Adam Bartosz, Haviva Pedaya, Anda Rottenberg, Marta Kufel, Grzegorz Niziołek and Agnieszka Sabor, as well as the artists’ statements.

The show is part of the bigger project: What the eye doesn’t see, the heart doesn’t grieve over conceived as a cycle of exhibitions of Polish and international contemporary art related to cultural heritage of the Małopolska region, co-financed by the European Union from the means of The European Fund for Regional Development and the National Budget within The Małopolskie Regional Operational Programme 2007-2013, and the City of Tarnów.


The BWA Modern Art Gallery in Tarnów

Institution of Culture of the City of Tarnów

at 1, Słowackiego Street, 33-100 Tarnów, PL

tel/fax +48 14 6888820



The Regional Museum in Tarnów

Institution of Culture of the Małopolskie Province


For more press information or extra visual material please contact Jolanta Więcław at wieclaw@bwa.tarnow.pl or +48146888820.


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