Krakow Triennial 2018

Exhibition Review

  • "International Print Triennial 2018"

  • Krakow, Poland
  • 07 Jul 2018 - 26 Aug 2018

Jiantang Wu, Broken Branches in the Wild (2017), woodcut, 220 x 330 cm. Courtesy of the artist and the Internation Print Triennial, Krakow.

Every three years, the city of Krakow plays host to the International Print Triennial, one of the longest-running open print competitions in the world. The triennial is predominantly an exhibition of prints in which the artists have been totally engaged with all stages of production, from working the matrix through completion, rather than works produced by professional print workshops. This gives the event a particular character— at a distance from the commercial im-peratives of publishing, it emphasizes work realized with a great investment of the time and commitment on behalf of the artist. At the same time, it takes a broad view of what printmaking might be. The current iteration featured 257 works by 116 artists from 29 countries. Selected by jurors Breda Škrjanec, Sean Caulfield, Thomas Kilpper, Marta Anna Raczek-Karcz and Krzysztof Tomalski, it included a substantial representation from Poland as one would expect as the host country, but with also a large number of Chinese artists.

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