Reception of architecture is determined by society’s adhesion to deep-rooted and universally accepted visual forms. Multiplying universally recognized patterns creates the space of safety and identification. This is exactly what happened to architecture after 1989, when the universal aversion to modernist architecture (identified with communist period in Poland) reached its peak, and everything referring to traditional, old-time forms, commonly understood as an “adorned” architecture, gained ground. New economic conditions enabled an explosion of native reactions, western, post-modernist novelties mixed with all kinds of neo-historicisms — seen as a symbol of modernity at the time — today considered fusty, or even evoking shameful memories identified with kitsch.
The goal of the lecture is to take look at and analyze the awkward — from today’s history of art perspective — period of Gdansk architecture, where a crucial role was played by fast growing capitalism along with so called “Gdansk taste”.
Dominika Piluk — History of art and Cultural studies graduate at University of Lublin and University of Gdansk. Currently she is doing her Ph.D. under the supervision of Ph.D. Małgorzata Omilanowska. Her interests focus on theory and history of 20th and 21st century architecture, especially post-war modernism. She wants to dedicate her current academic work to the architecture of Gdansk in times of transformation. She published in History of Arts Students Magazine at Catholic University of Lublin (topic: post-war housing architecture).