- 15.03.2019 19:00
The Schwules Museum’s exhibition of drawings by Krzysztof Jung is its first by an artist from Poland. Jung was recognized as an important player in the world of homosexual art in the splendid exhibition Ars Homo Erotica curated by Paweł Leszkowicz at the National Museum in Warsaw in 2010. Predating the 2017 show of Queer British Art 1861–1967 at Tate Britain, the Warsaw exhibition was a beacon. It remains unimaginable to this day that Berlin’s Neue Nationalgalerie would showcase gay art. In 2016 Jung’s performance art was encapsulated in an exhibition at the Salon Akademii gallery of the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw. His performances had pushed the hitherto taboo naked human body into the spotlight. They addressed closeness, solidarity and communication, and their deconstruction. Jung wove nets of cotton twine between his actors, tying them together, separating and connecting them, and making boundaries painfully felt. All that is left of his performances are reviews, bits of thread and photographs. The focus of our exhibition is Krzysztof Jung’s Sebastiane series, inspired by Derek Jarman’s 1976 film of the same name. Saint Sebastian preoccupied Jung from the mid-1970s into the 1990s. Like Jarman, he was captivated by the male nude, by submission to pain. Jung’s drawings range from the most refined pencil hatching to feverish oil pastels, tender rose watercolours and precise ballpoint. But in his variations the surrender to death comes about without a single arrowhead. Death is passed over, invisible.