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Jakby ich nie było czyli bunt w Królikarni / As If They Weren’t Here, Or the Revolt at Królikarnia - Krzysztof Knittel

One day, sculptures wake up and come to life in the Królikarnia Museum depositories: splendid twentieth-century works by Katarzyna Kobro, Alina Szapocznikow, Barbara Zbrożyna, Maria Pinińska-Bereś, Henryk Stażewski, Jerzy Bereś, August Zamoyski, Henryk Kuna, Teodor Roszak, as well as latest works by Joanna Rajkowska, Anna Baumgart, Zuzanna Janin, Józef Robakowski, Krzysztof Bednarski, Krzysztof Zarębski, Jacek Kryszkowski, Grzegorz Klaman, Marek Kijewski, and many others. This installation familiarises the audience in a surprising and humorous manner with the superb collection held at the Xawery Dunikowski Museum of Sculpture at the Królikarnia Palace, a branch of the National Museum. Most of all, the installation comments on the role in contemporary culture of verbal communication and the sound environment.

What does this installation tell children about? Sculptures can be looked upon as living creatures who can feel, see, hear, and even speak. They can also have disputes of their own and be happy when visitors come to see them. They would like to travel and show how beautiful and original they are. They also want people to think about them—just think and nothing more. After all, sculptures may not be touched. But they can be watched, admired, sometimes even listened to, right?

Krzysztof Knittel