in the context of
the 58. Venice Art

9 May - 24 November 2019
Palazzo Mora

Błażej Ostoja Lniski


curator: Dorota Folga-Januszewska


Refuges of images are places where the Instinct of art1 is rethreading the paths of culture. In the vicinity of nature and wind – thoughts and imagination are reborn regardless of the medium. The phenomenon of inheriting the instinct of an image is becoming a fascinating subject for scientists. Art meets knowledge and discovers the source of creativity. The end of the second decade of the 21st century is a good time to remember the reflections of Jean Dubuffet, his strong and unorthodox attitude of “looking” or “seeing” as a source of energy. Nowadays, “looking at something” needs a reset again. It needs to go back to the beginning, to find a moment of silent reflection, pointing our eyes at the wind.

Paintings by Błażej Ostoja Lniski as well as sculptures and paintings on glass by Włodzimierz Ostoja Lniski are such winds of vision. In wind gusts, they carry MATRICES and sources of images from which C. G. Jung was extracting archetypes and where J. Lacan recognized sublimation2. These are images marked with the texture of time, signs of nature, sculptures – archetypes and blocks with woodcut waiting for a continuation.

The exhibition REFUGES OF IMAGES is a reminder of an origin, an ecological response of discord to the sea of simulacra, and, at the same time, the BEGINNING of “ecoart”, in which the ECO signals the safety – Refuges.

1 This is a reference to Denis Dutton’s famous book, The Art Instinct: Beauty, Pleasure, and Human Evolution, translated by Jerzy Luty, Copernicus Center Press, Kraków 2019. When in 2009 the book appeared in the English language (Margit Dutton, 2009), Steven Pinker wrote that this book shall determine the future of the humanities.
2 Sublimation is “the elevation of an object into the dignity of the Thing”. Paul Moyaert, Sur la sublimation chez Lacan: quelques remarques, [in:] La pensée de Jacques Lacan. Questions historiques – Problèmes théoriques, ed. Steve G. Lofts, Paul Moyaert, Éditions Peeters, Louvain-Paris 1994, pp. 125-146.

GAA Foundations Venice Exhibition from May 9th – November 24th 2019. In the context of the 58. Venice Art Biennale 2019, the GAA Foundation presents the exhibition 'PERSONAL STRUCTURES'. The exhibition is hosted and supported by the European Cultural Center in two of its prestigious Palazzo's in the center of Venice Palazzo Bembo and Palazzo Mora and the Giardini Marinaressa.

organiser: Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw
cooperation: prof. Dorota Folga-Januszewska, prof. Wiktor Jędrzejec, Inga Karczewska, Magdalena Boffito, Nastazja Ciupa, Klaudia Krynicka, Mariusz Filipowicz, Mateusz Kowalski, Debora Bae, Lucia Pedrana, Sofia Nissardi, Emma Soletti, Leonia Quart