"Calendar" is a unique work in the output of Grzegorz Kowalski performed by the artist during his stay in the USA at the end of 1970 / beginning of 1971. It is composed of 12 coloured silkscreens arranged to form a calendar – emotional report of the period of counterculture and student strikes of 1968. What is typical of the work and the experience of Kowalski is that in 1968 he stayed both on the western and eastern side of the iron curtain. March 1968 found him in Warsaw, yet shortly afterwards he left for Mexico through Paris, where he lucked upon the student May. He would also indirectly experience the atmosphere of the revolt-ridden Mexico. These emotions and experiences accumulated in "Calendar". On individual cards of the work, through the eyes of a young student from the East we can see a devastating reflection of an individual’s resistance from the authority, role and place of the leader, as well as the impact of the mass media on the shaping of awareness of the individual. The work gives a lot of publicity to the Vietnam war, the assassination of president John Kennedy and the discussion on abortion and women’s rights of self-determination. Shortly speaking, the "Calendar" was more than a diary-like record of experiences of those days. First of all, if treated as a whole, it was a testimony of the history of the generation, accumulating in emancipation and counter-culture movements, which led to the development of contemporary political awareness.
Medium: silkscreen print
Format: 12 pieces, 75 x 35 (each)
Material: ink, paper background, wooden frame, glass, backing board, cardboard
Ownership form: collection
Source: Galeria Pola Magnetyczne
Index: MSN: 4300-18-1-12/2015
Financing source: Cofinanced by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage under the 'National collections of contemporary art 2015' priority