Two Polish artists, Paweł Althamer and Artur Żmijewski, led a workshop entitled House of Day, House of Night in Japan. The artists were invited by the Kyoto Art Studio.
For almost two weeks Polish artists discussed with the Japanese workshop participants non-verbal visual language in art, while keeping the traditional approach to craft. The workshop aimed at broadening horizons and opening up to new, fresh approach to creating art. Thanks to direct contact with the Polish artists, the participants had the opportunity to discover new inspirations and themes for their future work.
In January 2016, the Kyoto Art Studio will hold an exhibition of works created by the workshop participants.
Paweł Althamer is a sculptor and performance artist, working in video, installation and action art, born in 1967 in Warsaw. He studied at the Warsaw Academy of Fine Arts between 1988-1993, earning a degree in sculpture. He was a co-founder of the Kowalnia (Smithy) group, a leading collective of young Polish artists in the 1990s. Since then, his works were exhibited in galleries and museums in Poland, USA, Germany, Austria, Irland, Czech Republic and France. In 2004, Althamer received the prestigious Vincent Van Gogh Biannual Award, founded by the Broere Charitable Foundation of the Netherlands. In January 2010 he was awarded with the Special Prize for Culture Creator at the weekly magazine's "Polityka" Passports gala.
Artut Żmijewski is a Polish visual artist born in 1966 in Warsaw. He studied at the Sculpture Department of the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw. In 2006 Żmijewski represented Poland at the 51st Art Biennale in Venice, Italy. He is currently Art Director for "Krytyka Polityczna", a socio-political magazine held in high regard in Poland. In 2007, he published a collection of interviews with various artists titled "Trembling Bodies". Żmijewski is a regular collaborator of the Foksal Gallery Foundation. He works and lives in Warsaw. In 2011 he was named the curator for the 2012 Berlin Biennale.