press release

June 11–August 14, 2022

Yael Efrati, Asta Gröting, Monika Sosnowska: City Limits

The exhibition City Limits features the works of three artists: Yael Efrati (b. 1978 in Israel), Asta Gröting (b. 1961 in Germany), and Monika Sosnowska (b. 1972 in Poland), who belong to the same generation but grew up in very different sociopolitical contexts. While Gröting came of age in prosperous post-war Germany, Sosnowska grew up in communist Poland and Efrati in a family of Eastern European immigrants in Israel.

Despite their cultural differences, these artists are interested in similar artistic strategies to explore architectural elements and discover how they reflect different political, social, and historical realities.

Their sculptures have a clear historical background, from the rubble of World War II to the architecture of the communist era in Sosnowska’s work to the uprooting of people displaced by the same war and its aftermath in Israel in Efrati’s work.

The exhibition ran from November 2021 to February 2022 at the Center for Polish Sculpture in Orońsko, Poland, which is the main producer of the exhibition along with the Adam Mickiewicz Institute. After its stop at the Kunsthalle Düsseldorf, in 2023 the exhibition will travel to the Bat Yam Museum of Art in Israel.

The exhibition is curated by Sergio Edelsztein (Center for Contemporary Art, Tel Aviv) with co-curator Joanna Kiliszek, and by Gregor Jansen and Alicia Holthausen at the Kunsthalle Düsseldorf.

The project is organised and co-financed by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage of the Republic of Poland, the Adam Mickiewicz Institute and the Centre of Polish Sculpture.