Congress Schedule

Event under the honorary patronage of the Mayor of Kraków, Jacek Majchrowski


A – for participants selected in the AICA Academy open call only; R – for registered guests only; X – for guests who confirmed their participation; Y – additional registration will be required during the congress; Z – for AICA Members with valid IDs only

Events without any of the above annotations are available to the general public and free of charge.

DAY 1 – MONDAY, NOVEMBER 13th 2023

9:30: – 12:30 – AICA Academy (Dom Utopii, Osiedle Szkolne 26 a, 31-978 Kraków) A

10:00 – 15:00 – registration at the Fine Arts Academy (pl. Jana Matejki 13, 31-157 Kraków) R

13:00 – 14:00 – lunch in the vicinity of the Fine Arts Academy (Restauracja Farina, ul. św. Marka 16, 31-018 Kraków) X

14:30 – Fine Arts Academy (pl. Jana Matejki 13, 31-157 Kraków), aula: welcome address by the Rector of the Fine Arts Academy, short introduction R

15:00 – 17:30 – guided tour through Tadeusz Kantor and Stelarc’s shows R

17:30 – 18:30 – guided tour through Tadeusz Kantor’s studio (ul. Sienna 7/5, 31-041 Kraków) R

Evening programme (Crioteka, ul. Nadwiślańska 2/4, 30-527 Kraków)

19:00 – 20:00 – address from Anda Rottenberg (curator and critic, former Director of Zachęta National Gallery of Art in Warsaw, President of AICA Poland and Vice-President of AICA International); welcome speeches from Natalia Zarzecka (Director of Cricoteka), Arkadiusz Półtorak (President of AICA Poland) & Małgorzata Kaźmierczak (Vice-President of AICA Poland and AICA International) R

20:00 – 22:00 – guided tour through the exhibitions and dinner R


10:00 – 10:30 – official opening of the Congress; auditorium of the University of the National Education Commission / UKEN (ul. Podchorążych 2, 30-069 Kraków); welcome address from Lisbeth Rebollo Gonçalves, President of AICA International; opening remarks from Arkadiusz Półtorak (President of AICA Poland) and Łukasz Murzyn (Dean of the Faculty of Arts, University of National Education Commision)

10:30 – 11:45 – Panel 1: Eastern Neo-Avantgarde and Institutional Practices (UKEN auditorium) 

Chair: Dorota Jarecka (AICA Poland)

Maria Rogucka (AICA Poland) – What kind of States of Mind? A backstage of the value-creation in the midst of controversies at GASK – Gallery of the Central Bohemian Region

Kristian Handberg (AICA Denmark) – The Biennale under State-Socialism: Remnants of a Contested Infrastructure

Katarzyna Cytlak (AICA Poland) & Daniel Grúň (AICA Slovakia) – Archival concerns. How do mail art-based archives contribute to the decolonized art world and foundations of a new type of critical institution?

Francisco Javier Galán Perez and Anna Biedermann (AICA Spain) – Media Facades & Cold War. Media at the service of an idea.

11:45 – 12:00 – coffee break

12:00 – 13:30 – Panel 2: Instituting Eastern Canons (UKEN auditorium)

Chair: Marta Czyż (AICA Poland)

Kata Balázs (AICA Hungary) – The making of the (Neo-)Avantgarde Canon in Hungary – A Tradition without Visibility?

Richard Gregor (AICA Slovakia) – Rashomon Effect and Writing on Central European Art 

Stephan Schmidt-Wulffen (AICA Austria) – Maps replaced by practices

Vaida Stepanovaite (AICA Lithuania) – Catching a Break: a Few Moments in the History and the Present of Post-Soviet Artists’ Organisations

Raluca Oancea (AICA Romania) – Activism, Care and The Archive. Making Art Beyond the Modernist Institution of the Museum

13:30 – 14:30 – lunch 

14:30 – 18:00 – General Assembly (UKEN auditorium) Z

Evening programme (Museum of Photography, ul. Rakowicka 22A, 31-510 Kraków)

19:00 – 20:00 – exhibition tour R

20:00 – 20:45 – welcome address from the representatives of the City of Krakow and Mayor’s office; Young Critic Award (Chenoa Baker), Award for Distinguished Critic (Aneta Szyłak) R

20:45 – 22:30 – dinner R


10:00 – 11:00 – keynote lecture by Maria Theresa Alves (UKEN auditorium)

11:00 – 11:15 – coffee break

11:15 – 12:45 – Panel 3: Archives, Collections, Artifacts (UKEN auditorium)

Chair: Marysia Lewandowska

Sabrina Moura (AICA Brasil) – Artists’ Archives as Extra-Institutional Repositories for Art History

Magdalena Mazik – The Community of Experience. Redefining Art Institutions through Archives and Art Education 

Jean Bundy (AICA USA) – Institutional Objects on Display – Remaining? OR Restituted?

Ana Fabíola Maurício & Luisa Santos (AICA Portugal) – Institution-ing: towards an imagi(ni)ng of institutions without walls

13:00 – 14:00 – lunch

14:00 – 15:45 – Panel 4: The Question of Canons (UKEN auditorium)

Chair: Anna Markowska (AICA Poland)

Marja-Terttu Kivirinta (AICA Finland) – How to construct a critical dialog with a National Gallery collection hanging? Art history from 18th century to today and contemporary museum practices

Maria Victoria Guzmán – Mediation as a practice of interspecies kinship: ecological world-making in Chile’s contemporary art museums

Esra Yıldız (AICA Turkey) – Contested Transformation: Istanbul’s Gentrified Contemporary Art Scene and its Impact on Art Historiography 

Elli Leventaki (AICA Greece) – Art labelling: notes on methodologies, mediations, and (re)interpretations

Raluca Mihaela Paraschiv (AICA Romania) – Everyday Practices of Roma Culture And Possible Scenarios For Homes And Institutions At Documenta 15 And The Venice Biennial 2022

16:00 – 17:30 – Contested Institutions, Contesting Authorities. Advocacy for Democratic Cultural Governance in Poland

Panel discussion with Piotr Rypson, Jarosław Suchan, Joanna Rajkowska; chaired by Martyna Nowicka

Evening programme

  • guided tour through the exhibition by Dagmara Wyskiel from AICA Chile (Galeria Podbrzezie, ul. Podbrzezie 3, 31-054 Kraków; time TBA) R
  • keynote lecture by Elizabeth Povinelli (time and location TBA)
  • dinner (time and location TBA) R


10:00 – 11:30 – Panel 5: Instituting as a Practice and Process (UKEN auditorium)

Chair: Jarosław Lubiak (AICA Poland)

Katarzyna Jagodzińska (AICA Poland) – Curatorial Dreaming about the CrossMuseum

Dorota Monkiewicz (AICA Poland) – Conceptualising the Museum of Modern Art in Poland in the years 2005-2007

Elisa Rusca (AICA Switzerland) – Non-Art Institutions as Instruments of Value-Creation through Art: Examples from the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Museum in Geneva

Steyn Bergs – Infrastructure and/as Metaphor: In and Beyond Institutional Critique 

11:30 – 11:45 – coffee break

11:45 – 13:15 – Panel 6: Bottom-Up Curating (UKEN auditorium)

Chair: Jagna Domżalska (AICA Poland)

Agnieszka Pindera (AICA Poland) – The Collective Programming 

Viktor Witkowski – Produzentengalerien – A German Alternative Gallery Model

Łukasz Trzciński – On Place Called Space

Vera Mlechevska (AICA Bulgaria) – On some trends in contemporary artistic life in Bulgaria

13:30 – 14:30 Lunch 

14:30 – 15:30 – keynote lecture by Karen Archey (UKEN auditorium)

15:30 – 15:45 – coffee break

15:45 – 17:30 – Panel 7: The Role of the Critic (UKEN auditorium)

Chair: Paweł Leszkowicz (AICA Poland)

Ana Lúcia Beck (AICA Brasil) – Undisciplined Truths – Sérgio Adriano’s contribution to rethinking art critique 

Fırat Arapoğlu (AICA Turkey) – A New and Different Art Is Possible

Wiktoria Kozioł (AICA Poland) – Critical Discourse Analysis of ‘Ars Forum’ magazine published by the Association of Polish Artists and Designers. An example of the institutionalization of texts on art as a political strategy

Evening programme:

  • discussion: Unpacking the Archive: Connecting Pasts and Futures of Art Criticism in Central and Eastern Europe with Marysia Lewandowska, Magda Ujma, Małgorzata Kaźmierczak, Paweł Leszkowicz, Richard Gregor; chaired by Dorota Monkiewicz; International Cultural Centre, Rynek Główny 25, 31-008 Kraków R
  • dinner (at the same location) R

DAY 5 – FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 17th 2023

10:00 – 11:45 – Panel 8: Media Arts and Institutional Practices (UKEN auditorium)

Chair: Ryszard Kluszczyński

Anna Olszewska (AICA Poland) – Protocols of Exchange for Media- and Bio-Art Creative Labs Environment # alternative/weak/spectral infrastructures supporting art and criticism

Barbora Kundračíková – Museum as a Strange Tool. Finding a Central European Institution for the 21st Century: the SEFO case study

Horea Avram (AICA Romania) – Automatism, Automation, Authorship. Artificial Intelligence Art and its (dis)contents 

Deborah Schultz (AICA UK) – Exploring the Intersection of Decolonial Critique and Immersive Art

11:45 – 12:00 – coffee break

12:00 – 13:45 – Panel 9: The Question of Policy (UKEN auditorium)

Chair: Łukasz Białkowski (AICA Poland)

Rui Gonçalves Cepeda (AICA UK) – Citizen discourses on a culture of democracy

Tom Clark – Critical Infrastructures 

Omar Mirza (AICA Slovakia) – The position of Slovakia’s public cultural institutions in the context of a more dynamic independent art scene and the search for possible new roles of the neglected art criticism.

Jasmine Amussen (AICA USA) – No ‘New York Habits’: Southern Diplomacy and Atlanta’s Cultural Engineers

14:00 – 15:00 – lunch 

15:00 – 16:00 – keynote lecture by Nikita Kadan (UKEN auditorium)

Evening programme:

16:30 – 18:00 – guided tour through the Gallery of Polish 20th and 21st c. Art at the National Museum in Kraków R Y

17:00 – 19:00 – guided tour through MOCAK, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Kraków R Y

Before the guided tours on Friday evening, registered participants will receive food packages. Later at night, after 9 PM, anyone wishing to attend will be welcome at Bar Bałtyk (11 Nowowiejska St., 30-052 Krakow) for a farewell drink and snacks at their own convenience.


Post-Congress Trip to Tarnów (c. 11:00-19:00) X

The bus will leave at 11:00 from the parking of Hotel Wyspiański, ul. Westerplatte 15, 31-033 Kraków

The trip will include guided tours through BWA Tarnów ( and the Regional Museum (, walk through the Old Town, Park Strzelecki and Józef Bem’s Mausoleum

Return to Kraków around 19:00