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27 · 04 · 2020

Exhibition “The Penumbral Age. Art in the Time of Planetary Change”

Danish Cultural Institute and The Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw invites to the exhibition The Penumbral Age. Art in the Time of Planetary Change, where artistic works from the last five decades will be presented, based on observations and visualizations of the changes underway on planet Earth. The exhibition provides a space for discussion on “managing the irreversible” and new forms of solidarity, empathy and togetherness in the face of the climate crisis. One part of the exhibition will be the work of the Danish artistic collective SUPERFLEX.


We live in a time of planetary change affecting each and every one of us. Climate change influences every sphere of life, including thinking about art: the systems of its production and distribution, its social function and its relation to other disciplines, especially science.


The The Penumbral Age. Art in the Time of Planetary Change spans five decades, and highlights the strengthening of environmental reflections in the art of the late 1960s and early 1970s as well as the second decade of the 21st century. The first period is linked with intensification of pacifist, feminist and anti-racist movements and the formation of the contemporary ecological movement. At the same time new artistic phenomena arose, such as conceptualism, anti-form, land art and earth art.


Life in a state of deepening crisis forces us to fundamentally change our thinking about the entire system of social organization and to confront ethical and existential dilemmas. The world of art, with its museums and rituals for organizing objects and ideas, is no exception and requires deep systemic transformation. We treat engagement in this discussion as a duty of the museum, and not as just another fashion or stream in art.



Sebastian Cichocki, Jagna Lewandowska

Exhibition The Penumbral Age. Art in the Time of Planetary Change

When: spring – summer 2020

Where: The Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw, currently online:



Sebastian Cichocki, Jagna Lewandowska



Opening of the exhibition did not take place due to Covid-19 pandemic. During this time the Museum will make available online materials.


There was also created a website, where a group of works from the exhibition will be presented. Art videos devoted to reflection on the environment will also regularly appear on the site.


On Facebook, the curators of the exhibition, Sebastian Cichocki and Jagna Lewandowska,  will be publishing materials gathered while working on the exhibition.


Danish Cultural Institute is a partner of the exhibition.