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Zabłocie Storehouse

Curator: Krzysztof Marchlak/ Artists: Piotr Bogatka, Blanka Dudek, Albert Jeżowski Stanisław Koba, Bogumił Książek, Krzysztof Marchlak, Jan Płatek, Michał Stonawski, Maria Wasilewska/ art work by Stanisław Koba

Na Zjeździe 8 has many functions, but it is art which has unexpectedly begun to give it a new one which in the seventeenth century was that of a salt storehouse, later changed to military barracks, to eventually become a venue for artists and their art. It also houses the Skład Solny art gallery which irregularly holds art exhibitions, it is where the artists associated with the Krakow art scene work or worked creating a meeting and discussion forum for many generations of artists. The identity of this place is still being built and developed. It is a living space and it remains in constant motion.

 

In 1787 a building was erected around whose history and architecture the contemporary identity of Zabłocie has been forged. The horizontal façade has been decorated with a mural painted in 2013 as part of a project called Skład Poezji (Poetry Storehouse): Kraków-Reykjavik, from the ground floor arranged as rehearsal rooms music may be heard, in the early morning office workers open the door of the building and it is only closed late at night  by the artists who may be seen through the windows. Yes, the Salt Storehouse at ulica Na Zjeździe 8 has many functions, but it is art which has unexpectedly begun to give it a new one which in the seventeenth century was that of a salt storehouse, later changed to military barracks, to eventually become a venue for artists and their art. It also houses the Skład Solny art gallery which irregularly holds art exhibitions, it is where the artists associated with the Krakow art scene work or worked creating a meeting and discussion forum for many generations of artists. The identity of this place is still being built and developed. It is a living space and it remains in constant motion.

The artists whose works are shown at the exhibition are only some of the ones who influenced the status of the building as an artists’ place. It is impossible to gather all the people who have for many years worked, visited or stayed in the rooms which lie on both sides of the vast hall. The main objective of the exhibition is to present the works of the artists who shared common space by chance, and thus to ask the question of how this coincidence affected their work. Galeria Olympia has become a natural place to present the works as due to its location it may be considered a neighbour of Skład Solny. Moreover, the gallery owner herself, Olimpia Maciejewska, was a frequent visitor to this historic place and the artists there. The second reason for this exhibition is to find an answer to the question about the future of the building at ulica Na Zjeździe 8. Its location, size and the adjacent square mean that it is becoming a "tasty morsel" for new investors. As a result of development of the district Podgórze, this property has become attractive, and its previous function is proving insufficient? unprofitable? unimportant? In 2014, it was said that a Cluster of Creative Industries could be set up there. In 2015 it was suggested as a venue for  Krakow Library which could merge and centralise several smaller ones. Year 2016 brought new ideas. Perhaps this is one of the last opportunities to find out about Skład Solny and to take a closer look at what is happening inside.

This year’s Krakers Gallery Weekend confronts the participants with the theme of the avant-garde. Krakow, where the works of Polish avant-garde artists are very visible, encourages you to ask the question to what extent history influences contemporary artists. While admiring the works, let me encourage you to look at them from a multidimensional perspective.