Czas przełomu presents itself

'Czas przełomu' – the first rerun of the 'Years of Disarray 1908–1928. Avant-gardes in the Central Europe' exhibition opened its gates on Thursday March 7, 2019 at the International Culture Centre.

Was the Central European avant-garde always at the vanguard of artistic change, or did it merely follow the trends dictated by Paris, Berlin, and New York? What can we learn about the avant-garde if we dismiss the narratives constructed by the national art histories? 'Years of Disarray: Art of the Avant-garde in Central Europe 1908–1928' exhibition, presented at the International Cultural Centre, consists of chapters that together tell the story of new art movements in the region that experienced a particularly difficult period in the early 20th century.

'The exhibition seeks to present a panorama of avant-garde movements that came to life in the new Central European states and to highlight what they shared and how they differed,' said Agata Wąsowska-Pawlik, Director of the International Culture Centre in Krakow.


This rich and varied exhibition features more than 170 paintings, sculptures, drawings and prints by artists such as Anton Jasusch, Bohumil Kubišta, František Foltýn, Géza Schiller, Josef Čapek, Katarzyna Kobro, Leon Chwistek, Max Oppenheimer, Rafał Malczewski, Sandor Bortnyik, Stanisław Ignacy Witkiewicz, Tadeusz Makowski, Teresa Żarnowerówna, Tytus Czyżewski, and Władysław Strzemiński. 'We have tried to put a greater focus on Polish artists. We have collected around 40 works by Polish painters and sculptors,' summarized Monika Rydiger, the curator of the exhibition. 'We have a strong group of Polish Constructivists and we also put greater focus on Stanisław Ignacy Witkiewicz, who is highlighted here more than in the first edition of the show,' Monika Rydiger added.


One of the exhibition’s highlights is a great selection of unique avant-garde art magazines, publications, posters, folders, film scripts, and photographs that demonstrate their makers’ experiments and efforts towards developing innovative typography and image-making techniques.


The best of the Central European avant-garde can be admired by visitors of the International Centre of Culture in Cracow until June 9, 2019. Afterwards, the exhibition moves to Bratislava.


The exhibition is accompanied by a number of related events. For details visit: