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Małgorzata Mirga-Tas: This is not the end of the road – Bonnefanten Museum | 08.06.2024 – 30.03.2025

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This is not the end of the road is the first solo museum presentation of Małgorzata Mirga-Tas (Zakopane, 1978) in the Netherlands, where new works will also be on display. The internationally recognised Polish artist and activist belongs to the Roma – the largest and probably most discriminated and misunderstood ethnic minority in Europe.

Image above:Małgorzata Mirga-Tas, Out of Egypt, 2024, textile and acrylic on canvas, 300 x 225 cm. Photo: Bartek Solik. Courtesy of the artist, Foksal Gallery Foundation, Warsaw, Frith Street Gallery, London and Karma International, Zurich.

The exhibition includes numerous textile works from various periods of her artistic career, including the spectacular series Re-enchanting the World, with which she caused an international sensation at the Venice Biennale in 2022. In addition, new and previously unseen works will also be on display, such as colourful altarpieces or the works specially commissioned for this exhibition, which were created in collaboration with the Sinti artist Morena Bamberger (Roermond, 1994).

Mirga-Tas’ identity is an important recurring theme in her work. Inspired by the everyday life of her own community, Mirga-Tas creates a compelling counter-narrative of Roma culture based on the authenticity and intimacy of her own experiences. Based on myths, astronomy, religion and ancient customs, she creates a magical world connected to the Roma.

Małgorzata Mirga-Tas, Re-enchantment of the World: March, 2022, textile, acrylic, mixed media on wooden frame, 462 x 387 cm. Bonnefanten Collection, acquired with the support of the VriendenLoterij. Photo: Jacopo Salvi.

Captivating experiences
Mirga-Tas’ series Re-enchanting the World will be reunited by Bonnefanten for the first time since its successful presentation in the Polish pavilion at the Venice Biennale 2022
brought together again. The monumental installation is an attempt to reinterpret European art history and its visual language through scenes inspired by Roma culture. After the Biennale, the Bonnefanten Museum acquired two parts of this critically acclaimed series: the months of March and April.

Małgorzata Mirga-Tas, Portrait of Lalla Weiss, 2024, textile and acrylic on canvas on wooden frame, 200 x 255 cm. Photo: Bartek Solik. Courtesy of the artist, Foksal Gallery Foundation, Warsaw, Frith Street Gallery, London and Karma International, Zurich.

New and never before shown works
From a feminist perspective, Mirga-Tas portrays the important role of women in her community and pays tribute to remarkable Romnja and Sintezze women. Distancing herself from the folkloric image that surrounds Roma communities and their culture, she emphasises the transnational nature of the Roma diaspora, bound by a shared history and a sense of solidarity that transcends national borders.

WHEN?

Exhibition dates:
Saturday, 08 June to Sunday, 30 March 2025

Opening hours:
Tuesday to Sunday, 11:00 to 17:00.

WHERE?

Bonnefanten Museum
Avenue Ceramique 250
6221 KX Maastricht
The Netherlands

COST?

Adults 17,50 €
Student, CJP 8,75 €
Teenagers up to 18 years 0,00 €

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