July 12, 2006 - Zachęta National Gallery of Art - HOT/COLD – SUMMER LOVING
July 12, 2006


10th July-10th September 2006

Curator Maria Brewinska

Zacheta National Gallery of Art
Pl. Malachowskiego 3
00-916 Warsaw, Poland

tel. ( 48 22) 827 58 54

Tues – Sun 12 to 8p.m.

Adel Abdessemed, Dan Acostioaei and Ann Wodinski, Pilar Albarracín, Robert Arnold, Miroslaw Balka, Louise Bourgeois, Jirí Cernicky, Tracy Emin, Andrea Fraser, Leszek Golec&Tatiana Czekalska, Jesper Just, Agnieszka Kalinowska, Zbigniew Libera, Mads Lynnerup, Jadwiga Sawicka, Aleksandra Ska.

Hot/Cold – Summer Loving is an exhibition that presents the pluralistic character of love as it is experienced in contemporary society. It thus takes up position in the contemporary cultural debate about the nature of love, a debate which, although it reflects on love as it forms the intimate bind between individuals, focuses especially on loves relation to the socio-political sphere. This understanding of love has long inspired and been a subject for reflection for philosophers. Here the essence of love is understood as an affirmative desire directed towards an other. It signifies that affirmation which does not reduce the other or, as Jacques Derrida wrote, does not destroy the otherness of the other.

In the opinion of many authors (Jacques Derrida, Slavoj Zizek, Michael Hardt and Antonio Negri), the experience of love reflects social mechanisms conditioned by social and political structures. From this perspective, love is not just an experience that takes place in a sheltered alcove, in the private sphere, to which as a Dionysian-type experience or expression of desire that should be hidden, tempered or expunged, it has been not infrequently driven, but rather becomes an essential element of a society whose mechanisms are easier to understand or change through love. Contemporary considerations of love draw their source amongst other things from the conviction that we live in the age of the end of love, in which love is becoming a product that is giving way to contractual couples. It is perceived as one more commodity in the economy of the capitalist world, from which it is a long way to the ideas of the revolt of 1968. Perhaps it is because of this that the image of love in commercial culture is seen in terms of great and fulfilled emotions that are supposed to bring solace for the failings of a consumption society standing on the threshold of the age of the end of love. The contemporary discourse about love is therefore most often a consideration of its social and political senses. The exhibition Hot/Cold – Summer Loving demonstrates whether the senses find their reflection in contemporary art, whether the political and social contexts have caused the intimate context to evaporate and whether the discourse on the theme of love in art is the discourse of a society at the age of the end of love? The exhibition Hot/Cold – Summer Loving shows the diversity of love, from love coming into being in a variety of configurations, to love fulfilled, desired, awaited or not waited for, to love linked to suffering, politics, aggression, the erotic and the body as it is a Lacanian object of desire in love.

The exhibitions title references the scale of emotional temperatures and simultaneously the season when the show takes place, a season when love seems especially sought after and desired. The warmth of summer loving lies at the center of the scale and suggests a kind of love that observes a distance and refuses to plunge headlong into the illusion of fulfillment. This love proves a true affirmation of the other rather than an attempt at conquest.
Exhibition Catalogue Hot/Cold – Summer Loving, Polish/English versions with contributions by Maria Brewinska and Benjamin Cope.

For images and further information please contact Klaudia Madejska:
rzecznik@zacheta.art.pl, press@zacheta.art.pl

Exhibition supported by the Cervantes Institute and the Danish Embassy.

Special thanks to all the artists who agreed to express their thoughts on love by making their works available for this exhibition and also to the galleries and artists studios involved for their goodwill and professional assistance.


Aleksandra Ska, 3_U, 2005, property of the artist, photo courtesy of the artist
Jesper Just, No Man is an Island, 2002, video still, courtesy of Christina Wilson Gallery, Copenhagen
Andrea Fraser, Little Frank and His Carp, 2001, video still, courtesy of Friedrich Petzel Gallery, New York
Adel Abdessemed, Real Time, 2003, video still, courtesy of the artist
Louise Bourgeois, The Couple, 2002, collection of the artist, photo Christopher Burke, courtesy Louise Bourgeois Studio, New York
Robert Arnold, Morphology of Desire, 1998, video still, courtesy of the artist
Agnieszka Kalinowska, Great Scene, Mhat Theatre, 2005, video still, courtesy of the artist
Mads Lynnerup, Untying a Shoe with an Erection, 2003, video still, 2003, courtesy of the artist
Tracey Emin, Reincarnation, 2005, video still, courtesy of Lehmann Maupin Gallery, New York
Leszek Golec, Tatiana Czekalska, Avatar III Ag, 1997, installation, colection of Zacheta Narodowa Galeria Sztuki, photo courtesy of the artists
Jesper Just, Bliss and Heaven, 2004, video still, courtesy of Christina Wilson Gallery, Copenhagen
Zbigniew Libera, The Doll you love to undress, 1997, collection of the Zacheta Narodowa Galeria Sztuki, photo Jacek Sielski
Pilar Albarracín, I Will Dance on Your Grave, 2004, video still, courtesy of the artist
Jirí Cernicky, Buty/The Happyend Shoes, 2000, collection Jiri Svestka Gallery, Prague, photo courtesy of the artist
Dan Acostioaei/Ann Wodinski, Essential Current Affairs, 2002, video still, courtesy of the artists
Miroslaw Balka, 190x250x100, 2x [1x29x29], 1975/2002, collection of the Zacheta Narodowa Galeria Sztuki, photo courtesy of Douglas Hyde Gallery, Dublin
Jadwiga Sawicka, untitled (swimming suit), 1999, collection of the Zacheta Narodowa Galeria Sztuki, photo Jacek Sielski

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