The SURVIVAL Art Review – one of the largest reviews of art in public space in Poland – will be held in Wrocław for the 16th time.
SURVIVAL is an artistic event that for 15 years has been intended to present contemporary art in the urban space of Wrocław. Each year the festival is held in a different place. The selected venues are buildings or public spaces, forgotten, abandoned or neglected, suspended between the former glory and the uncertain future. The 16th edition of the Review will take place in the classical palace of the Wallenberg-Pachaly family. Designed in the 18th century by Carl Gotthard Langhans, it combined residential and representative functions. The first floor was a luxury residence, while the ground floor was the seat of Commerzbank, a commercial banking enterprise. After 1945 the edifice was adapted to serve as a library and administrative centre of the University of Wrocław. In 2013 it was put out of use and offered for sale. Due to its history, the former function and the current value (as a cultural and financial asset), the motto and subject of this year’s edition of the Review is Capital (understood in economic terms, but also as human, intellectual, symbolic or political capital).
We invite visual artists to submit ideas for artworks made in different media that would be connected with the motto Capital and the context of the venue.
The deadline for submitting proposals expires on 15 April, 2018. Proposals can be sent by completing the form available in the tab DOWNLOAD and the attachments to the following e-mail address: email@example.com
The SURVIVAL curators will then choose artworks to be presented in the chosen venue.
Deadline for submitting proposals: 15 April, 2018
The 16th edition of the SURVIVAL Art Review will be held in the classical palace of the Wallenberg-Pachaly family. It was designed in 1785–1787 by Carl Gotthard Langhans (a renowned German architect, whose other designs included the Brandenburg Gate), and in 1810 and 1890 it was rebuilt and expanded. The palace combined residential and representative functions. The first floor was a luxury residence, while the ground floor was the seat of a commercial banking enterprise, a currency exchange office and a freight forwarding agency. Until 1945 it was the seat of Commerzbank.
Today the building is one of the most impressive 18th-century palaces in Wrocław. Since it was not damaged during the second world war, it boasts the only surviving classical interiors in the city: in the living room there are original stuccoes, a mantelpiece in an alcove with herms and four alcoves in the corners flanked with Ionian columns. On the plafond there is Philipp Anton Bartsch’s painting from 1788.
After 1945 the edifice was adapted to serve as a library centre of the University of Wrocław. It housed the department of cataloguing the collections, directors’ offices and administrative offices of the University Library. In 2013 the palace was put out of use and offered for sale.
SURVIVAL 16 Art Review
The Wallenberg-Pachaly palace
ul. Szajnochy 10, Wrocław
director of the Review: Michał Bieniek
curators: Michał Bieniek, Anna Kołodziejczyk, Anna Stec