photo Bartosz Stawiarski photo Bartosz Stawiarski
The monumental installation
Asia is an exception, since performance is the main context for Zbigniew Warpechowski’s activities. Initially, in the mid-1980s, the artist used a sheet with the word Asia written on it as a backdrop for some of his performances. The three-dimensional version which is now part of the Museum collection was first presented in 1989, as part of the Dungeons of Manhattan exhibition in Łódź (curated by Józef Robakowski). In this piece, Warpechowski adopts the language of propagandist text installations (e.g. ‘PZPR’, the Polish United Workers’ Party) which were erected in public places during the Communist period. The artist proposes a statement of his own, which he sees as a more fitting description of the Polish state of mind in the late 1980s. Warpechowski once said: „What does the word ‘Asia’ symbolise? Not the geographical region, but the empire which oppressed us for more than 40 years. Not an individual, but an entire society. We all felt like Asians."
Medium: fibreboard, red paint
Format: 950×350×75 cm
Ownership form: collection Source: Zbigniew Warpechowski Index: MSN: 4300-11/2011 Acquisition date: Aug 15, 2011 Financing source: Purchased with the support of Ministry of Culture and National Heritage