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Translate. The Impossible Collection was a series of events and an exhibition  (1 August 2008 - 4 September 2008) around the collection of the Wyspa Progress Foundation, curated at Wyspa Institute of Art (Gdansk, Poland) by Aneta Szylak. The Wyspa Progress Foundation has been collecting artists’ works since 1995 and since that time, the collection has grown thanks to donations from artists, without public support and outside the system of regional collections of contemporary art.The exhibition aimed  not to be just a simple display of the collection, but to provoke new readings of the phenomenon of collecting, and to question relation between the market and art.  

Collection usually constitutes one of the traps of the institutional format. Showing the collection often builds definitions, generates unambiguity and systematizes the permissible meanings. "The Impossible Collection" was created to express resistance to this kind of curating. The show was a call for the variability and the modality of the way of exhibiting and viewing, and an appeal for the active viewer who would give the collection its new life. Important part of the show was exhbiting the gallery's archives containing files on artists, past exhibitions and topics of gallery's interest. Vast collection of books and catalogued exhibition lefleats from all arround the world were also exhibited in the central place of the gallery. Visitors had a computer, desk and a sofa at their disposal so they could easily browse through the gallery's collection. What is usually hidden, was opened and available to the general  public.

One of the events related to the project was performance by Elzbieta Jablonska entitled ‘Kitchen’ (Wyspa Institute of Art, 2007). Jablonska first donated her renown installationKitchen’ (2003) to the Wyspa Progress Foundation collection, in order to destroy it later during the performance. Installation was a typical kitchen but in a large scale, where suddenly all familiar activities were difficult toperform, therefore   ‘Kitchen’ has been shown many times in a feminist context. Performance at Wyspa Institute of Art proposed a new interpretation of this work. Destroying the part of the collection questioned the status of an artwork and collecting and collection itself.

One of the spectator's documentation of Elzbieta Jablonska's performance Kitchen, Wyspa Institute of Art, 2007

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Exhibition's poster

http://www.wyspa.art.pl/title,PrzeloztoKolekcjaniemozliwa,pid,44,oid,38,cid,1...

Translate. Impossible collection, exhibition view, Wyspa Institute of Art, 2008

http://www.wyspa.art.pl/title,Wyspa,pid,43.html

 

Translate. Impossible collection, exhibition view, Wyspa Institute of Art, 2008

http://www.wyspa.art.pl/title,Wyspa,pid,43.html

 

Translate. Impossible collection, exhibition view, Wyspa Institute of Art, 2008

http://www.wyspa.art.pl/title,Wyspa,pid,43.html

Elzbieta Jablonska, Kitchen, installation, 2003

http://modelator.blogspot.com/2007/11/kolekcja-niemoliwa-w-isw-23-listopada-o...