FRIEND OF A FRIEND in Warsaw
The second edition of “Friend of a Friend” – a gallery-share initiative in Warsaw.
The first edition of the project took place in April 2018. The “FOAF” formula is based on sharing the exhibition space of local galleries with foreign ones. “FOAF” enables local audiences to interact with the works of international artists, whose works were often not exhibited in Poland so far.
This year’s “FOAF” will involve nine most-active Warsaw galleries (BWA Warszawa, Foksal Gallery Foundation, LETO, Piktogram, Pola Magnetyczne, Dawid Radziszewski, Raster, Stereo and Wschód) and sixteen foreign galleries (from Austria, Belgium, Estonia, Georgia, Germany, Italy, Japan, Portugal, Switzerland, United Kingdom and the United States).
Thanks to the joint initiative of the founders and organisers of “FOAF”, the Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw and its Society of Friends of the Museum, the “Friends Art Fund” was founded – an award allowing for the acquisition of a selected work presented within the Warsaw edition of “FOAF” for the collection of the Museum of Modern Art. In 2018, the works of David Flaugher and Sean Mullins, artists collaborating with New York’s Lomex Gallery, were selected for acquisition. In 2019, thanks to the generous support of the sponsor, the award will be presented for the second time. “FOAF” is organised by Stereo and Wschód galleries. This year’s edition is co-organised by the Adam Mickiewicz Institute – a national cultural institution whose mission is to promote Polish contemporary art through active participation in an international cultural exchange. The Institute’s Culture. pl portal offers a daily information service covering key events related to Polish culture around the world. In 2019,“FOAF” is supported by British Council Poland and the Cultural Office of the Capital of Warsaw.
List of host and guest galleries:
BWA Warszawa: Gianni Manhattan (Vienna), Kristina Kite (Los Angeles)
LETO: Pinksummer (Genoa)
Foksal Gallery Foundation: The Box (Los Angeles)
Piktogram: Emalin (London), Paul Soto/Park View (Los Angeles/Brussels)
Pola Magnetyczne: Parisa Kind (Frankfurt am Main)
Dawid Radziszewski: Nuno Centeno (Porto), The Sunday Painter (London)
Raster: Mujin – to Production (Tokyo), Temnikova & Kasela (Tallin)
Stereo: Bureau (New York), Union Pacific (London)
Wschód: Gregor Staiger (Zurich), Scheife Zähne (Berlin), LC Queisser (Tbilisi)
at Wschód, Warsaw
until 27 April 2019