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'Z krosna do Krosna' 2008
14 countries - 117 unique expressions of the contemporary textile artists

The successive stage of 'Z krosna do Krosna'1 5th International Artistic Linen Cloth Biennial organization - receiving entries and works of art - has ended.

In this year's edition there are 92 artists /including the participants of
'Z krosna do Krosna' DEBUTS 2008 competition/ from 14 countries /Czech Republic, Greece, India, Ireland, Island, Japan, Canada, Lithuania, Latvia, Germany, Poland, Slovakia, Scotland, Ukraine/ presenting 117 artistic works made on the basis of linen.

'Z krosna do Krosna' Biennial is not only a competition but also a series of exhibitions presented mainly in the Karpaty Euroregion and preceded with a premiere exhibition in Krosno. The event, however, is above all a great celebration of contemporary textile art.

This time what comes to the fore is a considerable variety of forms, colour and motives: two-dimensionality merges with three-dimensionality, natural muted shades of linen colour contrast with vivid colours of textiles, and ancient motives interweave with signs of the present. What makes this year's edition unique is 'Z krosna do Krosna' DEBUTS 2008 - a premiere competition in which the youngest artists from Poland have the opportunity to present their work. The winner will have a chance for a professional debut accompanied by the promotion of their work. In the next editions the organizer intends to give DEBUTS competition an international character. Because there are only 4 artists who entered this year's competition their works will be presented as part of the main exhibition.

It has become a tradition of 'Z krosna do Krosna' biennial that the deliberations of the jury take place on the eve of the vernissage /28.08/. This serves an organizational purpose and makes results of the competition a genuine surprise for its participants.

The premiere exhibition will be on view from 30.08 to 26.09.2008 in the Bureau of Artistic Exhibitions /BWA/, 2 Blich st in Krosno. This will be followed by at least three displays in galleries and museum in Slovakia and Hungary in 2009. The organizer of the biennial - the Museum of Craft in Krosno - is open to cooperation with galleries and artistic institutions willing to host 'Z krosna do Krosna' 5th International Artistic Linen Cloth Biennial. The results of the competition will be announced on the website after the competition has been adjudicated.

The Musuem of Craft expresses acknowledgements to the artists of the 5th edition who gave us their works as a gift.

The event is held under the honorary patronage of Minister of Culture and National Heritage Bogdan Zdrojewski and President of the Town of Krosno Piotr Przytocki. Media patronage: Polski Portal Menedżerów Kultury and Portal Kulturaonline.pl

The project supported by the Podkarpacie Voievodship and the Krosno District.

1 krosno - a loom in Polish and Krosno - the name of the town

Iwona Jurczyk