Save our Poly!
Among the many galleries in Karlsruhe, Germany, there is a gallery named Poly.
Sophie Maria Viktoria, Princess of Baden and Queen of Sweden, born in Karlsruhe in 1862, gave her name to the street on which the POLY production gallery is located: Viktoriastraße 9. This address is now 20 in Karlsruhe. known for years.
Connections with artistic workplaces. POLY is a producer gallery run directly by the exhibiting artists.
I made my first debut in September 2011 at this gallery. The poly provides exhibition opportunities not only to established artists but also to emerging artists just entering the art world.
This is a gallery like the concept of a cooperative of artists. Created by artists and run by artists themselves. Therefore, it is possible to publicize art with a sincere heart and focus on art activities. So I think the opposite of vanity gallery is the poly gallery.
You can see the sincerity of the Poly family by watching the video below. I always miss and want to pursue this kind of art.
While working as a painter, I, like other artists, have struggled with numerous commercialism, scams, and temptations. The touch of commercial gimmick that puts the name of fine art to shame extends to painters without exception. They each bring frustration to the hard-working and pure-hearted painters in galleries with gorgeous interiors, publications called 'Painter's Master Pieces', or fantastic-sounding professions. Artists want an environment where they can paint whatever they want without worrying about their livelihood. In fact, other big dreams besides that would be additive. However, there are many more painters in the world who work hard and keep their artistry strong even in this disappointing reality. Poly gallery is also one of the true galleries that do such true art.
Therefore, Poly is like a hometown that always gives me the hope of doing real art with a sincere heart, at least somewhere on the world. However, recently, while sharing New Year's greetings with the Poly family, I heard that Poly was also affected by the pandemic.
Es besteht seit 2001 und es gab 20 Jahre sehr viele Ausstellungen dort.
It's been almost ten years since I left Germany and lived in America. During that time, poly held more exhibitions, produced more emerging artists, and had more community activities. Poly has been living like that for 20 years.
To compare it to a person, Poly must now become a young man to spread the wings of his dreams and fly. But the pandemic and the war in Ukraine are trying to break the wings of this young man.
Going through a pandemic has made us realize just how profoundly a global catastrophe can affect real life. However, After all these problems are solved, we go back to life as if nothing had happened. But, there are still more people in the world who are directly in the shadow of a pandemic or war.
In particular, I think the pandemic has given artists a lot of hardships that cannot be expressed in words. For artists, an exhibition is not just a place for performance or socializing. It is a window that opens the world to the results that they have drawn their souls for a long time. And it is known by the reaction of the public and also makes a living. Through this, artists get great opportunities and meet art lovers and collectors. Artistic inspiration is always there and there are sincere conversations with people looking at the same picture. This is a different kind of conversation than seeing Hollywood stars in their sparkly dresses.
And I believe that this kind of artistic activity and appreciation surely enriches our lives. And the more people interested in the arts, the more we'll find time to share our minds together, do more constructive things, and look around.
I hope Poly moves safely to their new place so that the Poly family can start dreaming again. And I hope Poly's life doesn't end in 20 years. It is like a miracle that they have continued for 20 years with a pure heart. I believe that sometimes more miracles like this happen in the world. I hope that as many people as possible will love and pay attention to Poly's future.
Myungja Anna Koh