CURATORIAL

Curatorial activity was always a challenge and great joy for me. I was honored to work with some of the leading world museums and the most famous artists and designers. Below I present my favorite projects I curated and co-curated.

 

“Design = Wzornictwo”
Design Centrum Kielce, Poland
June 21 to August 4, 2012

Design (or wzornictwo) is an independent art today; it is not just designing an ergonomic functional object – an object must provoke and make us think,
it reacts and solves a problem, it’s an emotional object, astonishing, ravishing, an object reaching ahead of its time.
The “Design = Wzornictwo” exhibition invites for a journey through meanders of designing, along various paths and into mysteries of creating applied,
usable objects in the 21st century. An extraordinary feast of beauty, technology, craft, skills, aesthetics, which takes a visitor into the world of utilitarian fantasy.

EXHIBITION ORGANIZATION AND CREDITS
“Design = Wzornictwo” was curated by Daga Rogers. The exhibition was organized by Design Centrum Kielce, Poland and was a part of the inauguration of the institution.

CATALOG
Design=Wzornictwo_catalog
The inauguration of Design Centrum Kielce was accompanied by a 144-page, fully illustrated catalog, published and distributed by the institution.

 

“Object Factory: The Art of Industrial Ceramics II”
Museum of Arts and Design, New York, USA
May 6 to August 23, 2009

Object Factory: The Art of Industrial Ceramics, a groundbreaking exhibition documenting contemporary innovation in industrial ceramic production and the renaissance of ceramics in art and design today.

Object Factory illustrated how artists and designers in the 21st century are re-imagining the possibilities of this most traditional of mediums through collaborations with industry that enhance and sometimes subvert the industrial process. The exhibition also examined the unexpected uses of ceramics as kitchen appliances, knives, and even digital electronics, made possible by new technologies.

Guest-curated by internationally recognized artist and designer Marek Cecula, with the assistance of Daga Rogers (Kopala), Object Factory featured more than 200 objects from eighteen countries, including works by Swedish artist Kjell Rylander, American jeweler and designer Ted Muehling, Dutch designers Hella Jongerius and Jurgen Bey, and Russian American designer Constantin Boym among others. Manufacturers represented in the exhibition include Bernardaud, Nymphenburg, Rosenthal, and Royal Tichelaar Makkum.

EXHIBITION ORGANIZATION AND CREDITS
Object Factory was guest-curated by Marek Cecula with the assistance of Daga Rogers (Kopala).
The exhibition was organized by the Museum of Arts and Design, based on the exhibition originally organized by the Gardiner Museum Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
Exhibition design: Wendy Evans Joseph Architecture
Photo Credit:  Ed Watkins

CATALOG
Object Factory_MAD_catalogue
Object Factory was accompanied by a 100-page, fully illustrated catalogue published and distributed by the Museum of Arts and Design.

 

“Object Factory: The Art of Industrial Ceramics”
Gardiner Museum, Toronto, Canada
May 15 to September 7, 2008

This exhibition explored the intersections of contemporary ceramic art, design and industrial production. It illustrated how close collaboration between studio artists, designers and industrial manufacturers in recent years has stimulated tremendous new advances in ceramic materials, forms and styles.
The objects displayed represented some of the most innovative and exciting ceramics being produced around the world today, and included a mix of works of art and pieces created for mass production.

More than fifty artists, designers and industrial manufacturers from eighteen different countries and three continents were represented in this exhibition. Despite their diverse geographic origin, the makers of these objects share a common interest in pushing the boundaries of ceramic traditional ceramic forms, functions and aesthetics.
The objects in the exhibition were divided into thematic categories but the open plan of the display underscored the essentially fluid nature of the creative impulses behind them.

EXHIBITION ORGANIZATION AND CREDITS
Object Factory was guest-curated by Marek Cecula with Daga Rogers (Kopala). The exhibition was organized by the Gardiner Museum Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

CATALOG
OBJECT FACTORY_Gardiner Museum_catalogue
Object Factory was accompanied by a 100-page, fully illustrated catalogue published and distributed the Gardiner Museum Toronto