His previous exhibition in Warsaw angered one viewer so much that he slashed several pictures with a sword, and ultimately prompted the Ministry of Culture to close it down. Piotr Uklański’s newest show at Zachęta is no less controversial, but the opening passed without trouble.
Entitled Czterdzieści i cztery (Forty and Four), the exhibition is a hard-hitting celebration of Uklański’s work – on show for the first time in Poland. It includes premieres of new works such as Open Wide and Pornalikes, and Polska Uber Alles, which takes parts of his former controversial exhibitions Dance Floor and The Nazis.
The title of this exhibition refers to the national poet Adam Mickiewicz’s poem, which prophesises that the saviour of Poland will be named Forty and Four. It will also, coincidentally, be Uklańksi’s age on his next birthday.
The exhibition will be on show until February 17.