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GENERATIONS

the story of Oskar Zięta, processes, materials and generations

2.09.2022 -25.09.2022

Crystals Totem, Aorta, Revolve, photo: Weronika Trojanowska

GENERATIONS is a summary of Oskar Zięta’s previous projects and his Zieta Studio, as well as taking up new design challenges dedicated to Zielona Góra. Celebrations of each “centenary” contribute to reflection on the epoch. Today we are a quarter of the distance of the first hundred years of the new millennium. It is a time of new directions driven by technological progress and the automation of creative and production processes. The phenomenon of Oskar Zięta’s activity is based on the avant-garde in both these areas. The avant-garde, in its pure definition of the “vanguard,” is the first to comprehensively create complete processes.

 

It is a story of tradition and modernity. How generations influence each other consciously and subconsciously. How the technique of processing and forming metal has evolved over the millennia, and about its future potential. How the concept of monomateriality and durability is a solution needed today and a full-scale concern for future

generations.

Opening Day:

2.09.2022

 

5 pm

Muzeum Ziemi

Lubuskiej

 

6 pm

Biuro Wystaw

Artystycznych (BWA)

Exhibition
2.09 – 25.09.2022

 

Muzeum Ziemi Lubuskiej

al. Niepodległości 15

65-048 Zielona Góra

 

Biuro Wystaw Artystycznych (BWA)

al. Niepodległości 19

65-048 Zielona Góra

 

photo: Weronika Trojanowska

photo: Weronika Trojanowska

OSKAR ZIĘTA

Resident of Zielona Góra, architect, process designer and artist. In his creations, he manifests a passion for the constant discovery of material potential and the craftsmanship of interdisciplinarity. A clear yet subtle division between art and functional design is expressed by his objects, which under the banner of Generations will be presented in two parallel exhibition spaces. The Museum of the Lubuskie Region will feature Art Generations, and Galeria BWA Zielona Góra will show Design Generations.

Revolve, photo: Weronika Trojanowska

Cyclope, photo: Weronika Trojanowska

Volute, photo: Weronika Trojanowska

Rondo, photo: Weronika Trojanowska

Crystals Totem, photo: Weronika Trojanowska

Aorta, photo: Weronika Trojanowska

Axis, photo: Weronika Trojanowska

Axis, photo: Weronika Trojanowska

ART GENERATIONS

This is a retrospective of the work of avant-garde artist Marian Szpakowski, creator of the relief on the façade of the BWA Zielona Góra building. Oskar Zięta and his design team undertook the process of translating the bas-relief into a spatial form visible from all sides. It is an in-depth analogue of the period of Szpakowski’s work from 1968–1978, in which the artist transformed the previously dominant illusion of three dimensions into the realization of the desire for real three-dimensionality. It is a tribute to the fascination with the language of geometry articulated by Szpakowski, to which Oskar Zięta lends his grammar. This is an idiom often used by Zięta in executing sculptures such as NAWA, KRAKEN, WIR or URBAN CRYSTALS, which will also be hosted within the walls of the Museum of the Lubuskie Region.

photo: Weronika Trojanowska

Tafla Installation, photo: Weronika Trojanowska

DESIGN GENERATIONS

is a narrative about the utility potential of generative design. A juxtaposition of functional objects with an exploration of their material potential. These sculptural objects that provoke the senses are the result of many years of research into the properties of metal. They owe their discrete deformations to the proprietary FiDU method of forming steel with internal pressure. These are objects present at MoMA in New York and the Centre Pompidou in Paris and recognized with world-renowned awards such as the Red Dot Award: Product Design 2021 and the Materialica Design + Technology Award.

Morph Table, Parova Table, Crystals Table, photo: Weronika Trojanowska

Mercury, Parove Coffee Tables, Crystals Coffee Table, photo: Weronika Trojanowska

GENERATIONS

is a multi-meaning story about the processes taking place in art, design and generations. It’s a story of continuous optimization, improvement, designing the future, ecology (increasing manufacturing efficiency), and progress.

Chippensteel Table, photo: Weronika Trojanowska

Morph Table, photo: Weronika Trojanowska

Lagom Table, photo: Weronika Trojanowska

Crystals Table, photo: Weronika Trojanowska

Partners:

photo by Laura Korzeniowska

Oskar Zięta is an architect and a designer of processes, an artist merging in his projects the advanced technologies with forms that cross the limits of geometry and play with the senses. The iconic representative of his style is the PLOPP stool (2008), as well as the architectonic sculptures in the public space: WIR (2017) in Warsaw, and NAWA, a sculptural pavilion on Daliowa Island in Wrocław (2017).

 

Oskar Zięta’s design and artistic activity has been repeatedly awarded the most important awards, among others the Designpreis Award, Red Dot and Audi Mentor Preis, Must Have, as well as a nomination for the Schweizer Design Preis. In 2019, his NAWA was nominated for the prestigious European Mies van der Rohe award. Moreover, Oskar Zięta has collaborated with brands such as Audi, Architonic, Rado and Pirelli. His works are in several dozen museums around the world, including the collections of the Museum für Gestaltung in Zurich, the Pinakothek in Munich, the Jerke Museum and the Pompidou Center in Paris.