Art critic, head of the Modern Art Department at Museum Sztuki in Łódź, Daniel Muzyczuk, will tell how the "thaw" opened the way for some of the countries of the Eastern Bloc to rediscover the already forgotten art of the constructivist avant-gardes.
New media and audio-visuality was, in Poland, for example, explored as novelty, but so was the history of local avant-gardes. The lecture will explore the politics of the 1960s and 1970s revivals and actualizations of ideas born in 1920s and 1930s. Filmmakers, composers, architects, and designers found the aesthetics of constructivism in an interesting position of an unfulfilled promise of the future that needed an archeological excavation and application to new social and political environments.
The talk will also feature screenings of some of the Polish documentaries on art that use cinematic form to revise the art of the past.