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Something Flashed, Something Broke, Something Remained

Consciousness Neue Bieriemiennost

Consciousness Neue Bieremiennost was an art group formed in the mid 1980s in Poland by three sculptors: Miroslaw Balka, Miroslaw Filonik, and Marek Kijewski. Their collaborative exhibitions, which included action art, performances, and sculptures, mounted political protests by mocking highlights of the communist calendar, such as Women’s Day, Victory Day, and Miner’s Day. This volume recreates the history of the group and its often fleeting creations and sets it in the context of Polish life and politics of the 1980s and the artistic scene it spawned. Offering new insight into Polish art of the ’80s, and particularly into the relationship between the communist art system and the alternative art scene that opposed it, the book offers the most comprehensive picture yet of this group’s work and legacy.

236 pages | 68 color plates, 120 halftones | 7 1/2 x 10 | © 2013

Art: Art Criticism

History: European History

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“A fresh perspective on the phenomenon of alternative art in Poland in the last decade of communism.”

Anda Rottenberg, art historian, critic, and curator

Table of Contents


White and Red(s)

Piotr Osęka

Something Flashed, Something Broke, Something Remained

Kasia Redzisz, Karol Sienkiewicz

Tinned Bruno Schulz

Mirosław Bałka, Mirosław Filonik

Laughing At My Head

David Crowley


List of Illustrations


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