Revolutions 1968will comprise works/other documents dealing with selected ideas/phenomena prominent at the end of the sixties such as: the birth of counter-culture, along with a rapid development of pop-culture, emancipation movements (fighting for the rights of minorities and women), fight for civic rights, ecological awareness, leftist trend fascination, utopian visions of architects (from the situationists' urban utopia to the model of the city understood as public space and democratic agora), the new theatre movement, the birth of new technologies (video activism, computers), institution contestations and university changes are just a few aspects touched within the framework of this exhibition. Art associated with these changes, its commitment and motives, and 1968 themes can be found in later works. Art forms such as pictures, video films and photographs will be presented along with archive visual materials and installations prepared specifically for this occasion. The 1968 – Revolutions Exhibition does not present art of those times. It is rather an attempt to portray this period through art (not only) from different perspectives: historical and documentary, or through interpretation and re-interpretation of social problems and cultural phenomena characteristic of this stormy breakthrough season.
The show will be accompanied by a reader. The publication will comprise a selection of papers dealing with the upheavals which took place in 1968 in the U.S.A., Germany, France, Italy, Poland, Czechoslovakia and Yugoslavia. Although, the major characteristics of and the reasons for the social and political tensions of this time were different in various regions, there is one common feature connecting all this turmoil: that is a struggle for a change in the established systems of power. The papers gathered in this book will deal with the revolutions of 1968 from multiple perspectives: historical treatises and documents will be accompanied by new interpretations of the socio-political and cultural phenomena that marked this period. The first part of the book will comprise essays dealing with selected phenomena that marked the end of the sixties. The second part of the book will be devoted to seven countries: U.S.A., Germany, France, Italy, Poland, Czechoslovakia and Yugoslavia. The historical essays on the upheavals that took place in each of the countries will be accompanied by significant documents from the period and interviews with participants and witnesses of the events.