Edward Krasiński at Tate Liverpool

Polish Cultural Institute


Sculptor, painter and creator of artistic installations and happenings, Edward Krasiński was one...

of the most significant Eastern European artists of the 20th century. In this first UK retrospective, learn more about Krasiński’s humorous personality, great sense of irony and how this influenced the art he created. 

Edward Krasiński on display at Tate Liverpool until 5 March 2017 © Tate Liverpool, Roger Sinek

Born in 1925 in Lutsk, now part of Ukraine, Krasiński studied in Kraków at the Arts and Crafts School and at the Academy of Fine Arts during the 1940s. In 1954 he moved to Warsaw where he met artists and critics inspired by avant-garde, including Henryk Stażewski and Tadeusz Kantor. Krasiński lived and worked there for the rest of his life, regularly exhibiting both in Poland and internationally. 

From early sculptures made in the 1960s to installations made in the 2000s, the exhibition will emphasise his experimental approach to art and exhibition making along with the inspiration he took from the pre-war avant-gardes, particularly Polish constructivism. The exhibition will further explore the contribution Krasiński made to global tendencies of the 1960s including minimalism and conceptual art. The highlights of the show include his suspended sculptures from 1964-65 that often appear gravity defying in their combination of invisible wires, visual puns and trickery, together with re-stagings of a major groups of his Interventions from the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s.  

Tracing his interest in the reduction of sculpture to mere line, the exhibition examines Krasiński’s preoccupation with the use of blue adhesive tape, a material he introduced in 1969 and used until the end of his career to physically unify objects and space. He once remarked, ‘I place it horizontally at a height of 130cm everywhere and on everything. I encompass everything with it and go everywhere.’

The exhibition further presents Krasiński’s investigations into the fusion of sculpture and photography that incorporate life-size photographs of himself and his studio within spatial installations. Recreations of Krasiński’s landmark exhibitions from across his career will also be displayed, such as his early solo shows and his contribution to the 1970 Tokyo Biennial.  

Krasiński developed a unique formal language and lightness of touch that was equally informed by his early relationship with constructivism, and the influence of surrealism’s embrace of humour, chance and playfulness. The exhibition charts this development, arguing for Krasiński’s under-recognised contribution to global developments in art of the 1960s and beyond.

Edward Krasiński, J’AI PERDU LA FIN!!! 1969 Photo by Eustachy Kossakowski, © Hanna Ptaszkowska and archive of Museum of Modern Art Warsaw, courtesy Paulina Krasinska and Foksal Gallery Foundation, Warsaw

Edward Krasiński 
21 October 2016 – 5 March 2017

Tate Liverpool (www.tate.org.uk)
Albert Dock 
Liverpool Waterfront
Liverpool, L3 4BB

Tickets: Adult £10, Concession £8, Student £6, Under 12s go free  (book now)

Ticket includes entry into Yves Klein exhibition. 

The exhibition is supported by Foksal Gallery Foundation, The Ministry of Culture and National Heritage of the Republic of Poland and Culture.pl, The Polish Cultural Institute in London, and Tate Liverpool Members