0106 Strzemiński's Wunderblock. In Memory of Friends – Jews

  • Luiza Nader (Author)
    Institute of the History of Art, University of Warsaw

    Art historian, associate professor at the Institute of Art History at the University of Warsaw. Her interests concentrate on avant-garde and neo-avant-garde art, relations of memory and archive, and theories of trauma and affect. Author of Konceptualizm w PRL (Warszawa 2009).

  • Karolina Kolenda (Translator)

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The text addresses a series of ten collages titled To My Friends the Jews, made right after the Second World War by a Polish avant-garde artist, Władysław Strzemiński. I analyse these works (focusing especially on one of them, titled The Empty Shinbones of the Crematoria), using the Freudian metaphor of Wunderblock, as well as Aleida Assmann's concept of communicative, collective, and cultural memory. Basing on the available documentation, I suggest an alternative title for the series, mentioned by the artist, with memory as its integral part.


Władysław Strzemiński, affect, communicative, memory, collective memory, cultural memory, stabilizers of memory, Wunderblock, Shoah, afekt, pamięć komunikacyjna, pamięć zbiorowa, pamięć kulturowa, stabilizatory pamięci, Zagłada Żydów