RASTER, Warszawa - Berlin 5 XI - 10 XII 2005


Andy, Michał Budny, Budyń, Rafał Bujnowski, Brudne Dzieci Sida,
Brudne Mięso, Cukunft, Oskar Dawicki, Eldo, Helsinki, Przemysław Kwiek,
Zbigniew Libera, Mass Kotki, Meble, Moja Adrenalina, Adam Olszewski,
Paresłów, Pidżama Porno, Przyzwoito¶ć, Pustki, Zbigniew Rogalski,
Wilhelm Sasnal, Starzy Singers, Muniek Staszczyk,
Marcin ¦wietlicki & Ostrowski & Click, Siostry Wrońskie.

Łukasz Gorczyca, Michał Kaczyński


"Broniewski" is an interdisciplinary artistic undertaking, organized by Raster gallery, dedicated the Polish poet and translator Władysław Broniewski (1897-1962). The exhibition - which will be shown in Warsaw and Berlin - is to be accompanied by a CD album with contemporary interpretations of Broniewski’s poems by the artists from the independent music scene.
"Broniewski" used to call himself a "revolutionary poet". In the history of the Polish 20th century literature and in the common memory of the last three generations alike Broniewski came to be remembered as both the leading representative of the proletarian poetry and the inheritor of the national romantic tradition. He was both a communist and a patriot; an artist and an activist of the pre-war Left. Eventually, with the end of the Second World War he became a much-abused icon of the socialist literature. Broniewski’s is a multi-dimensional and ambiguous figure - intriguing through the songlike rhythm of his workers’ poems and twisted, though typical of most of his contemporaries, biography. A Polish Mayakovsky who died too late.

The character of Władysław Broniewski is a starting point for discussing relations between art and the state, between independency and power, as well as the contemporary meaning of the notion of patriotism itself. Is politically active art possible? What traps are there, set by the course of History that changed the communist-committed poet into a representative of the hatred establishment of the pseudo-democratic, socialist state?
Majority of the artists participating in our project belong to the generations which remember the former system well. At the same time, it are the generations that matured in the times of great political changes at the birth of capitalism. In spite of this, of perhaps due to this fact, the figure of the monumental poet from the Polish People’s Republic is of particular importance to us. It embodies this very part of the collective memory with which we still do not know how to cope.

Rafal Bujnowski

Finally, to us Broniewski is an outstanding and fascinating poet of great sincerity, sensitivity and buoyancy, whose works remain absolutely valid in the present-day context. The deep social commitment of his pre-war revolutionist poems comes surprisingly close to the philosophy of the contemporary freedom groups. And his pure lyric poems, not overburdened with linguistic sophistication, are truly beautiful and timeless.
The artists invited to participate in the "Broniewski" exhibition represent not only different generations but also varying ideas concerning one’s political duties. From the poetic activism of Przemysław Kwiek (born 1945), to an intellectual game with mass culture played by Zbigniew Libera (born 1959), to post-punk leftism of Wilhelm Sasnal (born 1972) and social approach of Rafał Bujnowski (born 1974), to poetic and existentialist individualism
of Michal Budny (born 1974), Oskar Dawicki (born 1971) or Zbigniew Rogalski (born 1974). The exhibition also features archive materials. For the first time we officially present fragments of a film entitled "Along the Vistula riverbank" (Brzegiem Wisły), shot by the poet's daughter Joanna Kozicka, which was originally meant to illustrate the poem "Vistula" (Wisła), written by Broniewski in 1953. Death of "Anka" Kozicka the following year put an end to this project.
Another theme illustrating the relations between the language of poetry and visual arts is the story of Władysław Broniewski’s monument in his hometown of Płock. This monumental work bears all features of the poet - it has an enormous inner force and inhospitable environment around.
By inviting musicians to sing and record Broniewski’s poems, we wanted to let his voice resound again - in different historical circumstances - but with the same strength as in the times of the Great Crises of the 20th century. Because, putting it simply, "Broniewski" tells about matters that could not possibly become obsolete: war, love, politics and alcohol.


November 4, 2005, 15:00-18:00 - professional preview of
"Broniewski" exhibition
RASTER, Hoza 42 apt 8, Warsaw.

November 4, 2005, 16:00 - press conference
RASTER, Hoza 42 apt 8, Warsaw.

November 4, 2005, 20:30 - November Night Party, music and art
through the whole night Fort Mokotow, Raclawicka 99, Warsaw
(admission with invitations that will
be distributed during the press conference).

November 5, 2005, 17:00-21:00 - opening of "Broniewski" exhibition
RASTER, Hoza 42 apt 8, Warsaw.


Raster on tour:

November 15-19th, Raster in Berlin, Schillingstr. 31 - exhibition "Broniewski"

December 1-4th, NADA ART FAIR, Miami

Upcoming events at Raster Gallery include:

November 15-19th, 2005
Exhibition: Rodney Graham "Picasso, My Master"
(Johnen Gallery from Berlin takes over Raster)

November 26, 2005 at 6 PM
"Krytyka Polityczna" at Raster gallery - discussion around
Wladyslaw Broniewski and presentation of the newest issue of the magazine

December 17-23th
4th Cheap Art Fair




1. Władysław Broniewski - "Bezrobotny" 2:13
2. Andy - "Przypływ" 3:32
3. ¦wietlicki & Ostrowski & Click - "Bagnet na broń" 4:08
4. Pustki - "Przekwitanie" 2:59
5. Meble - "Rozmowa z histori±" 3:22
6. Mass Kotki - "Piosenka dziewczyny. Walc" 4:24
7. Muniek Staszczyk + Pustki - "Kalambury" 2:32
8. Przyzwoito¶ć - "D±b" 4:58
9. Paresłów - "Ulica Miła" 3:24
10. Cukunft - "Troska i pie¶ń" - 4:57
11. Starzy Singers + ¦wietlicki - "[Szedł Glinka]" 5:40
12. Brudne Dzieci Sida - "[Druga w nocy]" 1:01
13. Adam Olszewski - "ŁódĽ" 4:29
14. Moja Adrenalina - "Twarde ręce" 3:19
15. Siostry Wrońskie - "Ballady i romanse" 2:58
16. Eldo - "[Mury, bruki]" 2:15
17. Budyń - "Bezsenno¶ć" - 4:49
18. Brudne Mięso - "Posłuchajcie tej pro¶by. W parku." 2:14
19. Helsinki - "Wisła" 3:58
20. Pidżama Porno - "Nocny go¶ć" 6:06

total: 73:29






When they come to set your house on fire,
The one in which you live - Poland,
When they hurl at you thunder, and kindle the pyre
Of iron-clad monsters of war,
And they stand before your gate at night,
And their rifle butts pound on your door,
Rouse yourself from sleep - fight.
Stem the flood.
Bayonets ready!
There is need for blood.

There are accounts of wrongs in our land
Not to be erased by a foreign hand.
But none share spare his blood;
We shall draw it from our hearts and song.
No matter that our prison bread
Not once did have a bitter taste.
For this hand now over Poland raised
A bullet in the head!

O Firemaster of words and hearts,
O poet, the song is not your only stand.
Today the poem is a soldier’s trench,
A shout and a command:

"Bayonets ready!
Bayonets ready!"
And should we die with our swords,
We shall recall what Cambronne said.
And on the Vistula repeat his words.

translation: Adam Gillon and Ludwik Krzyżanowski

for press :

Wilhelm Sasnal, Broniewski, 180 x 190 cm, olej na płótnie, 2004

"Broniewski", CD-album, Raster 2005