The exhibition Hokaina is a monographic presentation of the work of Jakub Julian Ziółkowski, a highly successful young Polish artist who made his debut in 2004. In the frame of this year's Gwangju Biennale he showed a series of drawings illustrating George Bataille's Story of the Eye.
Ziółkowski treats both the reality in which he finds himself and art history as a whole with the same ahistorical off-handedness, using them as an inexhaustible reservoir of forms and motifs for building a private symbolism. His paintings and graphic works recall multi-layer compositions, where the tales spun create a dispersed web of meanings.
The exhibition in Zachęta begins with the artist's best known work, The Great Battle Under the Table, borrowed from the Zabludowicz collection, which takes up virtually the whole space of the gallery's Mały Salon. In subsequent rooms are presented works made over the course of the last few years, such as: Untitled (Journey) from the Friedrich Christian Flick collection; Oesophagus from the Goetz collection; Untitled from the ING Foundation Collection of Polish Art, and Sleep and the work Suffering and Torture from other private collections, as well as other works by the artist.
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