Rector of the University of Silesia
I am immensely pleased that the first comprehensive solo exhibition of Bracha L. Ettinger’s work in Poland has been organized in Katowice, at the Silesian Museum. Bracha L. Ettinger is one of the leading representatives of the New European Painting and significant events call for significant places. The extraordinary buildings of the Silesian Museum, visible from the campus of the University of Silesia, are an ideal location where science and culture can coexist bringing together the academic world and the realm of art.
The exhibition of Bracha L. Ettinger’s work no doubt deserves to be called a significant event. Initially, it was born out of the idea for an international conference titled Vulnerabilities organized by the Institute of Romance Languages and Translation Studies in collaboration with the Silesian Museum. Thanks to this institutional synergy, the conference and the exhibition have become not only an intellectual but also a cultural event of considerable significance. This is an outstanding instance of taking academic debate beyond the university walls and of creating a space where what is global can interact with what is local. In my view, it is also an example of engaged humanities which intervenes, speaks and remains alert to the challenges of the world, entering the political and social space on the one hand, and collaborating with a variety of regional institutions, on the other.
I wish to thank both the organizers of this unique event and all those involved for the effort they extended and the time they devoted to it. I am glad that the University of Silesia can be part of such an outstanding project.