August 4, 2017 - Muzeum Slaskie - 298 111
August 4, 2017

Muzeum Slaskie

(1) Muzeum Śląskie in Katowice, Poland. (2) Futurefarmers, Seed Journey, 2017. Courtesy of Amy Franceschini.


298 111
Exhibition in the streets of the city of Katowice
August 4, 2017
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The exhibition 298 111 is the pilot project of the OFF Museum program, which will be conducted by the Muzeum Śląskie in collaboration with the OFF Festival between 2018 and 2020 in Katowice.

The frames of 298 111 are blurred, but we can assume that they are synonymous with the administrative borders of the city. It comprises announcements in B2 format distributed throughout the urban landscape. These posters may be a tool for mobilisation or persuasion, though it’s not entirely impossible that we will use them as carriers of abstract, standalone images. But can an image which is viewed in the public sphere remain abstract? Not everyone sees the same things, and a painting need not be a murder mystery.

In our stormy times, we are not in a hurry to find an answer, trying to understand the possibilities offered by our ignorance.

Will we recognise art when we see it, will we want to make use of it? We begin by leaving the museum behind and by stifling two essential elements which allow us to isolate art from the surrounding "non-artistic" background noise: a clearly assigned authorship, and the work’s uniqueness.

We focus on the ABCs of museums. From A to B. From B to C. And from C to A, the long way round, via Z.

The exhibition will last as long as possible. Until the material runs out and fades away.

Artists: Hila Amram, Kathrin Böhm, Karolina Brzuzan, Bureau d’Études, Yane Calovski, Aslı Çavuşoğlu, Banu Cennetoğlu feat. Krytyka Polityczna, Center for Tactical Magic, Desire Machine Collective, Shannon Ebner, Annika Eriksson, Paweł Freisler, Futurefarmers, Deniz Gül, Michal Heiman, Institute for New Feeling, Hristina Ivanoska, Łukasz Jastrubczak, Elka Krajewska, Omer Krieger, Susanne Kriemann, Wojciech Kucharczyk, Marget Long, Susan MacWilliam, Martyna Miller, Mikołaj Moskal, Agnieszka Polska, Katarzyna Przezwańska, Bianka Rolando, RSS B0YS, Rafał Milach, Jonas Staal, Ayesha Sultana, Temporary Services / Half Letter Press & Kione Kochi, Andrzej Tobis, Mario García Torres, Unite Against Dividers

Curator: Sebastian Cichocki
Coordinator: Urszula Mikoś
Cooperation: Anna Adamkiewicz, Wojciech Bednarski, Tomasz Buczyński, Monika Czernik-Czublun, Dagmara Stanosz, Agata Stronciwilk

Muzeum Śląskie
Established in 1929, Muzeum Śląskie in Katowice is the largest museum institution in the region. Closed at the outbreak of World War II and re-established in the middle of the 1980s, in 2015 it was given a new site which is unique on a global scale. Situated on the grounds of a former coal mine, the architectural complex combines industrial tradition with modernity. Exhibition spaces with a surface area of over six thousand square metres are located in revitalised former mine buildings as well as in underground halls.   

The Museum’s activity is focussed on the widely-understood historical relations of multi-cultural Silesia with Poland and the rest of the world. In the permanent exhibitions, visitors may view Polish art from the 19th and 20th centuries, amateur art and sacral art, among other subjects. Of particular interest is the narrative exhibition Light of history dedicated to the history of Upper Silesia. However, Muzeum Śląskie is not only about the past, but also the present: there are presentations of modern art, installations, artistic ventures, performance art, workshops and close cooperation with the local community.

Muzeum Śląskie
ul. T. Dobrowolskiego 1
40-205 Katowice

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