Born in 1966 in Wrocław, Poland, Baumgart is an artist who represents a feminist perspective focused on personal problems and obsessions. She works in video, installation, performance and sculpture.   Baumgart studied at the Faculty of Sculpture at the Academy of Fine Arts in Gdańsk, Poland, under the supervision of prof. Franciszek Duszeńko. In 1994-96 she co-founded Gdańsk Delikatesy Awangarda Gallery, Forum of Contemporary Art, Galeria Gazownia, and also realized the Video Art Salon project. In 1994, she created the artistic group ‘Tail of the Turtle’, and in 1998 she established the Office of Creative Initiatives. Along with artist Zbigniew Libera, she has founded the Cafe Baumgart / Libera (later Cafe Baumgart) art café at the Center for Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle in Warsaw, Poland (1999-2006).   Baumgard’s main concern revolves around the feminine emotionality, relationships and patterns in education as demonstrated in her early video works Who Speaks? (1998), Mother (1999), Condoms, Money, Lady – No problem! (1999). In her video True? (2001) she placed her own figure into fragments of feature films (The Cranes are Flying by Michail Kalatozow and Miś by Stanisław Bareja). In the project Ecstatics, Hysterics and Other Saintly Ladies (2004) using the aesthetics of a documentary, she analysed the phenomenon of female auto-aggression and hysteria. In ‘Fresh Cherries’ (2011), produced for Falstad Kunst in Norway, Baumgart tackles some pivotal questions related to dealing with traumatic past and pursues a critical reflection of the contemporary “division of sensuality”. In Conquerors of the Sun (2012), she combines solemn judgement with a certain sentimentality and melancholy towards the past.    She received a scholarship from the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage in 2005. She was awarded the First Prize at LOOP festival in Barcelona in 2011 for her video Fresh Cherries. 

 

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REVOLUTION IS NOT A DINNER. THOUGH MAYBE?, Performance, BWA Bydgoszcz, Poland, 2019

 

Anna Baumgart Baumgart/Pijarski. Photographic Laboratory, Curator, National Museum, Gdańsk, Poland, 2019

 

Three plagues, Galeria Labirynt – BWA Lublin, Poland , 2019

 

Un monde, un seul, pour demeure, FRAC Aquitaine, Bordeaux, France, 2019

 

Nähe und Dystans, Brandeburgischer Landtag, Potsdam, Germany, 2019

 

Skip the Line! Populism and Unfulfilled Promises, group show Biennale, Warszawa (MA3450), Poland, 2018

 

Niepodległe: Women, Independence and National Discourse, Museum of Modern Art, Warsaw, Poland, 2018

 

SLOWNESS INSPIRATIONS 2018, TRAFO, Szczecin, Poland, 2018

 

Kino-oko. Wok—? Wiertowa I Konstruktywizmu, Arsenal Gallery, Bialystok, Poland, 2017

 

Urbs Sacra, Mains d’oeuvres, Saint Ouen, France, 2017

 

Attention! Border, Arsenal Gallery, Białystok, Poland, 2017

 

Late Polishness Forms of national identity after 1989, Centre for Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle, Warsaw, Poland, 2017

 

Young Poland – Afterimages of Reality, Ludwig Museum, Museum of Contemporary Art, Budapest, Hungary, 2016

 

De – Mo – Cra – Cy, Galeria Labirynt, BWA Lublin, Lublin, Poland, 2016

 

Sing, Slaves, Gallery of Contemporary Art Bunkier Sztuki, Kraków, Poland, 2016

 

The “Anything Goes” Museum, The National Museum in Warsaw, Warsaw, Poland, 2015

 

Progress And Hygiene, Zachęta – National Gallery of Art, Warsaw, 2014

 

Sights and Sounds: Poland, The Jewish Museum, New York City, NY, 2014

 

 

Anna Baumgart