Conservator restorer versus the matter of the object – storing/exhibiting – and (possible?) intervention

By Centre of Contemporary Art Znaki Czasu

Różówka (2010/2010) by Suzanne TreisterCentre of Contemporary Art Znaki Czasu


Do not regret the rose when it fades, vapors, vanishes... Or maybe
do regret it but also take action to prevent its distruction? What
are we to do with the spirit that vanishes, with art constantly
losing its power?

to do with the leaving spirit, with art which ‘power” is lessening?

The liquor is stored safely in the magazine, yet tiny by tiny amount - it disappears. As we can presume, the taste changes as well, together with the alcohol content.We can’t let it continue this way!

For the conservation reasons the cap will have to be more tightly closed. Inevitably we will have to witness and accept the change – slow but inevitable – of the color, taste and of all the chemistry/alchemy, as it's an immanent feature of this seductive work.

After Christmas Forever (2005/2005) by Oskar DawickiCentre of Contemporary Art Znaki Czasu


Christmas tree needles sparse onto the newspapers.

But what kind of newspaper exactly? Just some random journals? Christmas dating ones? Liberal or conservative titles? With advertisements or reportage?

The news age as fast as the low quality, yellow and brittle paper. We don’t know yet whether we should keep the old ones or replace them with shiny, up-to-date ones?

Maybe the artist will know the answer. We’ll ask!

Frankfurters Reference ImageCentre of Contemporary Art Znaki Czasu

Puzzle. Wall-paper like but still – it's a puzzle. If we presented it as it was supposed to be presented – sticking it to the wall as an ordnary wallpaper – it would survive just one show.

We chose to prolong its existence. Is it acceptable to cheat and present the work as a large scale print?

Frankfurters Reference Image, From the collection of: Centre of Contemporary Art Znaki Czasu
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Maybe it's better to print out smaller elements of the puzzle and create one large vertical, horizontal, rectangular or square composition of Bayrle's artwork?

Frankfurters Reference ImageCentre of Contemporary Art Znaki Czasu

Printing lets us use the copies within various exhibitions and keep the original safely in the magazine.

Recently we came up with another solution – we can also attach each part of the original wallpaper to some proper support in a reverisble way, so that the original is exhibited without damaging by gluing it to the wall.

Mesures à prendre (1969/1969) by Piotr KowalskiCentre of Contemporary Art Znaki Czasu

Interactive work, inviting the visitor to participate. The objects enlightening the users once they come close enough, grabbing the fluorescent light in hand.

The work dates back to 1969 and the original French fluorescent lights are from this period as well. No company produces such lamps anymore, so...

We decided to use contemporary ones, just as colorful as the originals! These are kept safely in our store-room to preserve the unique interactivity of the work.

Credits: Story

Mirosław Wachowiak Ph.D.
Katarzyna Tretyn-Zečević Ph. D.

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