Dział Edukacji – workshop room in ms1 and ms2 – a space designed for special tasks
Do we really have to be an artist to be familiar with art? Do we really have to know everythng about art? Do we really have to be gifted? Do we really have to read a lot to be an experto in art. area? Do we really have to write our opinions, judges and interpretation ? The answer is NO!
The main interrest of our curators has been put on modern and avant-garde art. Our guests usually are not familiar with abstractive art. Wery often they want to admire oil paintings of Leonardo da Vinci, impressionism and historical paintings of Jan Matejko. And we offer them squares, points, lines instead. So that’s why Muzeum sztuki w Łodzi needs a strong education impact. It was connected with the roots of our museum – Łódź on the begginning of the XX century was industrial city with crowds of factory workers. The firs director of the Muzeum Sztuki w Łodzi – Marian Minich , the PhD of history of Art from Lviv /Lwów University , had organised in the between-war period educational events for factory workers. After the IIWW, in 1950’s he created a regular Learning/Educational Department in the museums structure.
Educators belive than museum education doesn’t have to be opressive and doesn’t expect any previous requirements. We don’t really have to! Because: Everyone is right a little bit – not only an educator, private experience is as precious as knowledge of history of art., we try rather experience art and artistic rules than produce objects and reproduce artpieces, we strongly belive in cooperation ( so that’s why we very often use our husbands and wifes, our children, our cars for educational affairs), and the last but not least – we refuse to work only using crayons and the sheet of paper.
Everyone knows something and is skilled in something. There is no better konowlegde and worse knowlegde. There is no better skills and worse skills. If you are a snail colector – you can be an expert of sculpture texture. You are the master chef of dumplings/pierogi cooking – you probably know a lot about proces and performance. Machine sewing is your hobby – you can lead an workshop dedicated to fashion or textile artpieces. The artpiece can be a starting point for our creativity. We recommend to reproduce rules, not artpieces. Legality of space – performance of polish performer – Ewa Partum based on occupy the space of Liberty Square in Łódź with plenty of prohibition road signs. The performance based on interpretation of freedom and free will. During „Kulturanek” ( TV program produced by Educational Department MSŁ in cooperation with TVP Kultura – free licence on Zasoby website: zasoby.msl.org.pl ) we encourage children to find forbidden places and activities in a private flat. They had used plastic tape and closed almost whole Spaces in the flat – It was forbidden to play during meals, It was forbidden to make mess, It was forbidden to play music loudly… In fact there is a lot of prohibition signs in our life… The lower picture shows the shop vitrine from Szczekociny – small city, we cooperate with . In Szczekociny used to live Katarzyna Kobro and Władysław Strzemiński – founders of Muzeum Sztuki, avant-garde artists. Instead of explaining ideas of geometrical abstractive art – neoplasticism, which Kobro and Strzemiński had beed familiar with, we decided to encourage alee shop owners in Szczekociny to arrange their vitrines in neoplastical way. Neoplasticist has strong rules – only vertical and horizontal lines, basic colors (red, yellow, blue) and non – colors ( grey, white, black). Whole Szczekociny main square transformen in Neo-Plastic Square.
We like very much to encourage our guests for giving opinion about artpieces and exhibitions. But sometimes we use our bodies ( gymnastic – choreographical workshop dedicated to minimal sculpture of Robert Morris, playing string games, adding some everyday life objects to artpiecen on the galery or making stamps with cabbage, onion and carrot.
You don’t get a mark during visit in the museum. It is space free of external judgement. If you build a big construction made of cardboard boxes and pipes – you can do it as you wish . There is no canon of classical cardboard boxes construction. There is no ideal we endeavor for.
Lower picture documents Solaristic performance connected with paintings of Władysław Strzemiński. We know from his memories and texts , that he had used to experience looking in the centre of sun and painted pictures after it. So thats why we organize a beach in the museums cafe and encourage our guestes for wearing swimming suits, hats and sunglasses for listening of the lecture about Strzemiński.
So that’s why we need a special space for education in our brands!
KULTURANEK is a series of twenty-minute programs for children aged 7–13 and their caregivers (at home and at school), which, through activities in the studio and in front of the TV, along with film footage and animations, shows how everyday experience helps one understand contemporary art and vice versa: how contemporary art helps one find one’s place in everyday life.
KULTURANEK encourages us to experience contemporary art where it is (in galleries, museums), makes us aware of its presence where we usually do not look for it (advertising brochures, typography), helps us to find a situation with artistic potential in a random place and time (while cooking in the kitchen, waiting for a bus at a bus stop). KULTURANEK asserts that contact with art is not a privilege of talented people, but that creativity is a right of every human being, and provides ideas on how to work within the universe of visual arts in museums and galleries, but also at school, at home, and on holidays.