Since its inception in 2005, the Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw has collected over 200 works of art by contemporary Polish and foreign artists.
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"The Traveller" by Geta Bratescu is a playful self-portrait: an old wooden folding stool “brought to life” by photographs of the artist’s eyes stuck to its round seat. Brătescu often uses familiar objects and domestic furniture which contain various stories, and give rise to her own personal mythology
Jonathan Horowitz's "Untitled (Arbeit Macht Frei)" is a replica of the notorious sign from the Auschwitz concentration camp—“work makes you free”—a saying whose grotesque irony has come to symbolise the horror of the Holocaust.
"Boy and eagle" by Mirosław Bałka alludes to the myth of Zeus in the form of an eagle, tempting the young Ganymede. Inspired also by an extract from prose by William S. Burroughs, and a patriotic poem from 1900 it is one of the key sculptures from the tumultuous turn of the 1980s and 1990s in Poland.
Magdalena Abakanowicz earned fame with the so-called abakans, as well as figurative space compositions, made primarily of fabric, but also of wood, stone and bronze. Abakanowicz introduced weaving techniques into the modern art gallery. Characteristic of her are series of sculptures – individual figures and crowds.
"Snowman of Quotes" by Oskar Dawicki is an ironic Vanitas sculpture made of an unusual material—snow—so it requires constant care to “keep it alive”
"Barge-haulers": Paweł Althamer alludes to the well-known painting "Barge-Haulers on the Volga" by Ilya Repin to metaphorically present Museum’s own current situation—a constant struggle to build its own building. The sculpture, made using the artist’s own special technique, contains the figures of the first eleven members of the Museum team.
Ruth Ewan, who finds her inspiration in long-forgotten or marginalised themes from political and social history in her work Her work “We Could Have Been Everything That We Wanted To Be” proposes a clock that shows decimal time, dividing the day into 10 parts instead of 24.
Ryan Gander's work "Really Shiny Things That Don’t Mean Anything" is a 3-metre metal sphere covered with a thousand shiny, metal items.
In "Eye Sockets" Rafał Bujnowski offers cold, architectural images of an unfinished apartment block, reminding us of the ongoing economic crisis, and the empty buildings so familiar to the Polish landscape.
Mr. Rubber - the sculpture created by Paweł Althamer together with children from Social Animation Group. A fantastic example of public art work: it stood in Warsaw in the area of bad reputation, first stirring controversy, but quickly becoming a boast for local residents.