Oct. 11, 2021

The BATOR TABOR 9th charity auction of Contemporary Art

For another year in a row, we have the pleasure to co-organize the Contemporary Art auction of the Bator Tabor Foundation. Surge in the popularity of charity projects equals to real help. The aim of the Bator Tabor Foundation is to prevent children and their families from being constrained by a disease and give them opportunities to rediscover the world of possibilities, joy, and self-confidence. They bring back what a disease took away - their childhood.


Thanks to your generosity, the Polish charges of the Foundation are given a chance to rest at the rehabilitation camps for families and children suffering from serious diseases, as well as for those who lost their children due to a chronic disease. Artists are selected by the jury comprised of recognized professionals who represent leading public institutions, contemporary art galleries, and an independent auction house. 40% of the bid amount goes to the artist, as a result only works of high market value are presented at the auction. Many of our creators generously donate their income share to the Foundation. The auction is an exclusive, internationally recognized event, and takes the form of an annual meeting of the best artists, professional collectors, art lovers, and philanthropists.

The offer, which consists of top-quality works, was prepared by Łukasz Gorczyca, Agnieszka Jacobson-Cielecka, Marta Kołakowska, Dr. Małgorzata Ludwisiak, Anda Rottenberg, Juliusz Windorbski. 


The items selected for the auction include photographs by Natalia LL, lithography by Henryk Berlewi, paintings by Tomasz Ciecierski, Marek Sobczyk, sculptures by Olaf Brzeski, Krzysztof M. Bednarski, and Janek Simon, as well as other numerous unique pieces, which constitute a remarkably attractive and cross-sectional composition of individual works. 

The works of Zofia Rydet focused on displaying a human being. In her depictions, the artist was keen on using metaphors and allegories, as well as deeply emphatic approach. Throughout her creative career, she was associated primarily with the photographic milieu. Zofia Rydet was one of the most active and recognized figures of Polish artistic photography in the second half of the 20th century. Rydet worked in series, which often took many years to complete and a number of them were developed simultaneously. The most important series include "Little Man" in the spirit of humanistic photography, the surrealistic "World of Feelings and Imagination", as well as the monumental and unfinished "Sociological Record", the artist's magnum opus. Rydet's works, comprehensive and stylistically rich, are characterized by a strong existential preoccupation, typical of the generation that experienced the war trauma, which gave her works an individualistic character over the time. 

According to Błażej Pindor, successful architectural photography must combine two key elements: it must reflect the architect's idea and properly transfer the spatial relations of mass and light onto a flat surface. His work is inspired by the achievements of the Flemish Renaissance painters, Soviet constructivism, and the New Topography movement. 

In her latest artistic activities, Wiktoria Wojciechowska makes use of performative-ritual forms in order to transforms the viewer's physical sensation into a transcendental experience. "To-touch" objects allow visitors to perform their own ritual that heals "nature's amnesia". The Study of Traces project was awarded the Planère Solidaire Prize, Art of Change 21, Paris. Wiktoria Wojciechowska's works can be found in state and private collections, including at the Antoine de Galbert Foundation, the Grenoble Museum of Art, the François Schneider Foundation, Wattwiller, the Les Treilles Foundation in Paris, and the Polish Modern Art Foundation in Warsaw. She is represented by the Krupa Gallery. 

Zamojski constructs a narrative that, from a further perspective on his activities, builds a coherent, multi-level world based on the philosophy of doubt. Minimalist in form but rich in meaning symbols, abstract compositions, and figurative representations make up a visual language governed by its own grammar and formal structure. The simplicity of forms, humor, and the artist not being too serious about himself are things that often combine those seemingly unrelated elements. He wrote several books (including Love Letter, the Onestar Press 2017, Four Eggs Theory, 2015, Fishing with John, NERO 2013). Zamojski is also the author of the "How it's Made" lecture series, presented at e.g. the Centre Pompidou, MoMA Library, or Printed Matter New York. 

Agnieszka Brzeżańska, although rose to fame mainly as a painter, also uses other artistic means of expression. She creates films, photographs, and deals with ceramics. The artist's paintings explore the possibilities of a holistic relationship between nature and art, working on art and its creation, and the continuum that constitutes a body and the world around it. By examining the language and nature, the formation of letters and texts in Brzeżańska's paintings may be interpreted as sigils or formally constructed symbols that produce specific energy and spells.  

The works of Iwo Rutkiewicz, regardless of whether they are in the form of video, photography, object, or painting on canvas, always originate from a single depiction/image. He works both with photographs and videos found on the Internet, as well as everyday items, models constructed in his workshop and photographed with his photo camera. A common feature of Rutkiewicz's works of art is depriving the primary elements of meanings customarily assigned to them. He treats these features as the matter which can be given new, unexpected interpretations. The boundary between the concepts of naturalness and artificiality can then run along any arbitrarily determined place. 

Natalia Bażowska's main fascination is the concept of life as such. Since 1998, all her activities have been revolving around this issue. In 1999-2005 she studied medicine at the Medical University of Silesia. In 2007 the artist started her Ph.D. studies at the Department of Psychiatry and Painting at the Academy of Fine Arts in Katowice. For several years, her scientific work was intertwined with her creative activities, complementing each other. In 2010 she obtained her Ph.D., which was related to both fields of her academic interest. She has been dealing exclusively with creative activity since 2011, investigating the relationship between life and art. From the very beginning, Bażowska worked with various media, including installations, sculpture, video, painting, and drawing. Her works analyze social and interspecies relations. She challenges their interpretations and analyses the concept of being a human and existence. 

Ewa Ciepielewska intertwines artistic activities with pro-ecological and political actions. In addition to painting, she also creates engaging happenings, murals, and outdoor actions. The artist belongs to the Save the Rivers Coalition. From the beginning of the 21st century, she is strongly associated with the Vistula River, which resulted in the Flow / Przepływ project (from 2015), which aimed to take care of the aquatic environment through art. As part of the project, residences for artists, curators, and activists were run on the Vistula River. The results were presented at exhibitions, including at the Berlin Hamburger Bahnhof (2018) and Alter Hafen in Berlin (2017), or at the Gdańsk City Gallery (2016, 2018).  8). 

The painterly gaze of Bartek Materka is focused on the visual adventures of everyday life. He is also interested to a large extent in how the real world is being deformed in our consciousness. Materka's pictures, usually created on the basis of his own photographs, are an analysis of the visual apparatus and how it is influenced by modern optical technologies and methods of generating images (digital, television, microscopic images, ASCII code). The artist also draws inspiration from image deformations related to neurological disorders. The issue of emotions associated with private life is also a recurring motif in his art. Figures presented in Materka's paintings are usually people from his immediate environment. Emotions generated in relation to them often constitute his painterly visualization. Under this influence, the paintings and images are distorted, they diverge or overlap, demanding various perspectives of perception and understanding. 

Brzeski reinterprets the traditions and feasibilities of sculpture with an extraordinary imagination. He is interested in both its material dimension, that is weight, mass, texture, and pure potentiality, the possibility or impossibility of describing phenomena or history with specific matter. A number of the artist's works also refer directly to a human figure, describing, however, not so much its physical as its emotional dimension. Brzeski's sculptural bodies are full of peculiarity, unusualness, unnaturalness, and rescaling. The source of these fantastic and surprising forms is primarily a thought, and secondly, a drawing, being the simplest metaphor of the act of creation.

Janek Simon draws inspiration from theories and scientific models, as well as disciplines such as geography and economics, the functions and features of which are subject to constant civilization changes. In Simon's work, objects often take the form of visualizations based on mathematical formulas or scientific data. At the same time, the experimental and anarchic dimension of his works expresses the conflict between scientific theories and the reality of everyday life, sociological phenomena, and politics. Many of his artworks contain complex electronic systems, which were created in line with the Do-It-Yourself philosophy and made from scratch by the artist. Simon consciously looks for methods and strategies standing in opposition to the contemporary culture, which is based on mass production and dominant systems of artistic production.  
We encourage you to participate in the charity auction. This is a unique opportunity to enhance your collection with an outstanding work of art and at the same time provide real help.