A Dream Of Warsaw, 2005

A Dream of Warsaw, 2005
18 minutes
Polish with English subtitles
Installation view
Photo by Alfredo Rubio


A Dream of Warsaw documents the work leading up to an exhibition by Polish architect, urban planner, theorist and teacher Oskar Hansen. The exhibition featured an architectural model intended to create a dialogue with the Stalinist Palace of Culture and Science, a ‘gift’ to the Polish nation from the Soviet Union in the 1950s. Though his long-term teaching post at the Warsaw Academy of Fine Arts, Hansen influenced several generations of Polish contemporary artists. Artur Żmijewski, himself a former student, filmed the making of this work, which became Hansen’s last ever. Exhausted by a long illness, he passed away as Żmijewski was editing this film.

Courtesy of Foksal Gallery Foundation, Warsaw


This project was part of Sharjah Biennial 10