The latest presentation of the gallery’s collection as conceived and selected by curator Ada Piekarska.

A transitional state is an intermediate moment between two stages, an experience subject to the condition of temporality. The very act of “passing” in turn refers us back to the tradition of “rites of passage”, that is, turning points, states of transgression and liminal situations. The liminal stage is also a “step into the unknown”, accompanied by both fear and fascination. The situations described often take the form of codified behaviours and rituals, which we can read not only in metaphysical but also in political terms.

The exhibition “Transitional States” is an opportunity to look at selected liminal moments, ritual practices, moments of transgression. The exhibition will also encourage discussion about possible “utopias of temporality “*, or even the transcendental fantasies of the proponents of techno-optimism. The ritual time of transition reveals taboo areas of life. Assuming that the exhibition space is an area that holds the secret, we can consider art as an alchemical experiment in which what is repressed, painful or blasphemous is freely transformed.

The exhibition features canonical works by female artists who debuted in the last century, as well as new, premiere works that have found their way into the art collection of Galeria Bielska BWA in recent years.

The exhibition features works by the following artist: Paweł Baśnik, Jerzy Bereś, Urszula Broll, Bartosz Czarnecki, Martyna Czech, Michał Gątarek, Ryszard Górecki, Veronika Hapchenko, Maja Janczar, Ewa Juszkiewicz, Kijewski/Kocur, Bartosz Kokosiński, Adam Kozicki, Nikita Krzyżanowska, Wojciech Kubiak and Lidia Krawczyk, Przemysław Kwiek, Natalia LL, Krzysztof Maniak, Tadeusz Moskała, Teresa Murak, Paweł Olszewski, Bartek Otocki, Karol Palczak, Maria Pinińska-Bereś, Cyryl Polaczek, Marek Rogulski, Wilhelm Sasnal, Mikołaj Sobczak, Radek Szlęzak, Teresa Sztwiertnia, Stach Szumski, Jerzy Truszkowski, Janina Wiciejewska-Pochopień, Czesław Wieczorek.

Text by Ada Piekarska, exhibition curator
* A term referring to the theory of the Temporary Autonomous Zone by the American cultural historian Hakim Bey.

Ada Piekarska – art curator, degree from the Academy of Fine Arts in Kraków and art history at the Polish Academy of Sciences, activist, president of the Galeria Bielska Foundation. Curator of the group exhibition Battlefield, addressing the conflict over the right to interpret history (Bielska Galeria BWA, 2020/2021) and the exhibition of works by Mikołaj Sobczak titled The Blue Grain which created a space for discussion on marginalised fragments of history and their importance in shaping collective identities (Bielska Galeria BWA, 29.04-12.06.2022).
Transitional States – exhibition from the Art Collection of the Galeria Bielska BWA
Galeria Bielska BWA (upper hall)
13 January - 26 February 2023
Curator: Ada Piekarska
The opening and curator’s guided tour: Friday, 13 January 2023, at 6 p.m


Opening and curator’s tour
Friday, 13 January 2023, 6 pm
admission free

Curator’s tour
Thursday, 19 January 2023, 5 pm
admission in the ticket price

Winter break in the gallery – workshops for children
23-27 January 2023, 12.00-13.30 for individuals
16-27 January 2023, 9.00-11.00 am for organised group
Moderated by Karolina Zięba, educator of the Bielsko BWA Gallery. Cost: 15 PLN/person. (for one day).

Closer to art – teacher training
Wednesday, 8 February 2023, 5.00 pm
Free entrance (for those registered, registration soon via WOM website)
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