SPECIAL FEATURE: Friend of a Friend Warsaw 2019

Artists: Karol Radziszewski, Marina Faust, Matthieu Haberard, Amy O’Neill, Judith Bernstein, Invernomuto, Isaac Lythgoe, Nicholas Cheveldave, Aidan Koch, Kate Spencer Stewart, Teresa Gierzyńska, Isabelle Fein, Louisa Gagliardi, Gabriel Lima, Leo Fitzmaurice, Kate Newby, Nicholas Pope, Michelle Rawlings, Sachiko Kazama, Flo Kasearu, Gizela Mickiewicz, Libby Rothfeld, Aleksander Hardashnakov, Evita Vasiljeva, Shana Moulton, Stefanie Heinze, Richard Sides

Exhibition title: Friend of a Friend

Participating galleries: BWA Warszawa, Gianni Manhattan, Kristina Kite, Foksal Gallery Foundation, The Box, LETO, Pinksummer, Piktogram, Emalin, Park View/Paul Soto, Pola Magnetyczne, Parisa Kind, Dawid Radziszewski, Nuno Centeno, The Sunday Painter, Raster, Mujin-To Production, Temnikova & Kasela, Stereo, Bureau, Union Pacific, Wschód, Gregor Staiger, LC Queisser, Schiefe Zähne

Venues: BWA Warszawa, Dawid Radziszewski, Foksal Gallery Foundation, LETO, Piktogram, Pola Magnetyczne, Raster, Stereo, Wschód, Warsaw, Poland

Date: April 6 – May 11, 2019

Photography: Mateusz Sadowski / all images copyright and courtesy of the artists, participating galleries and Friend of a Friend

The second edition of “Friend of a Friend” – a gallery-share initiative in Warsaw.

The first edition of the project took place in April 2018. The “FOAF” formula is based on sharing the exhibition space of local galleries with foreign ones. One of the aims of the project is to create a different model for the presentation of contemporary art, complementary to the art fairs, and to establish new relations and network within the Polish art scene.“FOAF” enables local audiences to interact with the works of international artists, whose works were often not exhibited in Poland so far.

This year’s “FOAF” will involve nine most-active Warsaw galleries (BWA Warszawa, Foksal Gallery Foundation, LETO, Piktogram, Pola Magnetyczne, Dawid Radziszewski, Raster, Stereo and Wschód) and sixteen foreign galleries (from Austria, Belgium, Estonia, Georgia, Germany, Italy, Japan, Portugal, Switzerland, United Kingdom and the United States).

Thanks to the joint initiative of the founders and organisers of “FOAF”, the Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw and its Society of Friends of the Museum, the “Friends Art Fund” was founded – an award allowing for the acquisition of a selected work presented within the Warsaw edition of “FOAF” for the collection of the Museum of Modern Art. In 2018, the works of David Flaugher and Sean Mullins, artists collaborating with New York’s Lomex Gallery, were selected for acquisition. In 2019, thanks to the generous support of the sponsor, the award will be presented for the second time.

“FOAF” is organised by Stereo and Wschód galleries. This year’s edition is co-organised by the Adam Mickiewicz Institute – a national cultural institution whose mission is to promote Polish contemporary art through active participation in an international cultural exchange. The Institute’s Culture.pl portal offers a daily information service covering key events related to Polish culture around the world. In 2019, “FOAF” is supported by British Council Poland and the Cultural Office of the Capital City of Warsaw.

BWA Warszawa hosting Gianni Manhattan (Vienna) and Kristina Kite (Los Angeles), exhibition view, 2019

BWA Warszawa hosting Gianni Manhattan (Vienna) and Kristina Kite (Los Angeles), exhibition view, 2019

BWA Warszawa hosting Gianni Manhattan (Vienna) and Kristina Kite (Los Angeles), exhibition view, 2019

Karol Radziszewski, from the series 1989, 2019, acrylic on canvas, 100×70 cm. Courtesy of the artist and BWA Warszawa

Matthieu Haberard, Attrape rat 2, 2016, wood, aluminum, resin, 58 x 15 x 38 cm. Courtesy of the artist and Gianni Manhattan

Dawid Radziszewski hosting Nuno Centeno (Porto) and The Sunday Painter (London), exhibition view, 2019

Dawid Radziszewski hosting Nuno Centeno (Porto) and The Sunday Painter (London), exhibition view, 2019

Louisa Gagliardi, Ready for Take-off, 2019, gel medium, ink on PV, 130 × 115 cm, Courtesy of the artist and Dawid Radziszewski

Nicholas Pope, Unisex Urinal II, 1998, mixed media on paper (LEFT); Nicholas Pope, The Towers of Virtue from the motorway, 1998, mixed media on paper (RIGHT), courtesy of the artist and The Sunday Painter

Gabriel Lima, Untitled, 2019, oil on canvas, Courtesy of the artist and Nuno Centeno

Foksal Gallery Foundation hosts The Box (Los Angeles), exhibition view, 2019

Foksal Gallery Foundation hosts The Box (Los Angeles), exhibition view, 2019

Foksal Gallery Foundation hosts The Box (Los Angeles), exhibition view, 2019

Judith Bernstein, Horizontal #2 (3 Panel), 2019, 47 1/2 x 94 1/5 inches

Judith Bernstein, Birth of the Universe #11 : The Source, 2013, Oil on canvas, 96 x 96 inches

LETO hosts PINKSUMMER (Geona). Exhibition view, 2019

Invernomuto, Med T 1000 #2, 2018, 46,5 x 33,5 x 27,5 cm, sculpture: ceramics, laser light

Invernomuto, Vers l’Europa deserta, Terra Incognita, 2017, HD video

PIKTOGRAM hosts Emalin (London) and Park View/Paul Soto (Los Angeles/Brussels), exhibition view, 2019

PIKTOGRAM hosts Emalin (London) and Park View/Paul Soto (Los Angeles/Brussels), exhibition view, 2019

PIKTOGRAM hosts Emalin (London) and Park View/Paul Soto (Los Angeles/Brussels), exhibition view, 2019

Nicholas Cheveldave, Big City Dreaming, 2019, wood fence panels, photo laminate, paper, plastic, metal, wood, 2.0 channel audio loop, each 185 x 185 x 50 cm: 4 × 4 × 2 m. Courtesy of the artist and Emalin

Isaac Lythgoe, Deus Ex Machina III, 2018, steel, paint, polyurethane, pigments, led, pvc, 210 x 100 x 60 cm. Courtesy of the artist and Piktogram

Pola Magnetyczne hosts Paris Kind (Frankfurt am Main) Artists: Isabelle Fein and Teresa Gierzyńska, exhibition view, 2019, courtesy of the artists, Pola Magnetyczne and Parisa Kind

Pola Magnetyczne hosts Paris Kind (Frankfurt am Main) Artists: Isabelle Fein and Teresa Gierzyńska, exhibition view, 2019, courtesy of the artists, Pola Magnetyczne and Parisa Kind

Pola Magnetyczne hosts Paris Kind (Frankfurt am Main) Artists: Isabelle Fein and Teresa Gierzyńska, exhibition view, 2019, courtesy of the artists, Pola Magnetyczne and Parisa Kind

Raster hosts Mujin-To Production (Tokyo) and Tmenikova & Kasella (Tallinn), exhibition view, 2019

Raster hosts Mujin-To Production (Tokyo) and Tmenikova & Kasella (Tallinn), exhibition view, 2019

Raster hosts Mujin-To Production (Tokyo) and Tmenikova & Kasella (Tallinn), exhibition view, 2019

Flo Kasearu, Sprout, 2018, Leather, metal, wood, 200x100x50 cm. Courtesy of the artist and Tmenikova & Kasella

Michelle Rawlings, Untitled, 2018 oil on canvas, 27 x 19 cm. Courtesy of the artist and Raster

Stereo hosts Bureau (New York) and Union Pacific (London), exhibition view, 2019

Stereo hosts Bureau (New York) and Union Pacific (London), exhibition view, 2019

Gizela Mickiewicz, Duration of Alikeness, 2019 rubber, plaster, fabric, styrodur, 64 x 40 x 6.5 cm. Courtesy of the artist and Stereo

Aleksander Hardashnakov, D.O.Gwood, 2019, Oil on canvas 74 x 116 cm, Courtesy of the artist and Union Pacific

Libby Rothfeld, Label #6, 2019 Tile, wood, UV print on acrylic 66.04 × 76.20 × 6.35 cm, Courtesy of the artist and Bureau

Wschód hosts Gregor Staiger (Zurich), LC Queisser (Tbilisi) and Schiefe Zähne (Berlin), exhibition view, 2019

Wschód hosts Gregor Staiger (Zurich), LC Queisser (Tbilisi) and Schiefe Zähne (Berlin), exhibition view, 2019

Richard Sides, Vapid mind games, 2019 Card, paper, marker, adhesive 25 x 34 cm, Courtesy of the artist and Schiefe Zähne

Evita Vasiljeva, Drops, Glazed ceramics, steel, galvanized wire,screws, 70 x 30 x 40 cm, 2018

Shana Moulton, Mind Place Thought Stream, 2014, High-definition digital video,11:57 min, Courtesy of the artist and Gregor Staiger

Stefanie Heinze, Gloth Growth, 2019, Acrylic and oil on canvas, 115 x 160 cm, Courtesy of the artist and  LC Queisser

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