Józef Robakowski’s film Living Gallery is a professional production created at the Educational Film Studio (WFO) in Łódź. The film was initially supposed to concern the Muzeum Sztuki in Łódź and artists around this institution, but it eventually came to portray the Polish art scene of 1974 and 1975 in general. Robakowski wrote in his text Aspects Motivating the Creation of the Film Living Gallery [Aspekty motywujące powstanie filmu Żywa Galeria] as follows: “After lengthy observation and exploration of the country’s creative milieus, I chose around 20 artists representing various artistic disciplines or borderlands of classic disciplines. I see them [...] as a force that expands the territories of our art”. The film sought to “discover at any cost the mentality of the currently active artists, reveal their artistic consciousness”. The work was devised as something of a “performative” gallery featuring the most important (most vivid) artistic approaches and strategies. Robakowski offered each artist 1.5 minutes of film to fill with their content.
Source: 35 mm
© Józef Robakowski