Part 1


21.10.2023 – 14.01.2024*

*24.12.2023 – 01.01.2024 closed

The fall of the so-called “Iron Curtain” in 1989 meant reunification for Germany and, for Western Europe, it marked the end of division. From the perspective of the Eastern European countries, this series event can even be interpreted as the end of World War II. Most of its member countries had not voluntarily become members of real-socialism of the Warsaw Pact with its planned economy.

From then on, the eastern countries of Europe had to grapple their way at breath-taking speed into the unknown territory of a market-oriented democratic social system, not really finding enough time and opportunities to deal with their own national identities or to come to terms with the developments of the 20th century. Today, nearly 30 years later, we find ourselves in the complex process of European unification, and it poses a great challenge to all the nations of Europe. While the Eastern European states struggle for their place, identity and a voice within Europe, Western European countries seemingly are puzzled about the motives driving the actions of the Eastern European states.

This exhibition attempts to discuss the Eastern Europe’s view of Europe, wants to put forth Eastern European perspectives and strives to reach an open discourse, in particular in view of the current crisis and war situation in Europe.


artistic direction: Janusz Czech, Lisa Schlenker ( assistance ), Co-Curator: Thomas Olze

Vernissage 20.10.2023, 7 pm at EMMA Creative Center

Opening hours: Fri 2pm-7 pm, Sat 2 pm-10 pm, Sun 11 am-7 pm

Part 2

Emma – Creative Center in cooperation with the dydo gallery

21.10. – 19.11.2023

In the post-war period, Polish poster art gained international fame as the so-called “Polish School”. The artists who created these posters for theatre, films, or cultural events enjoyed great artistic freedom and developed new, highly diversified forms of expression. Simultaneously, the works reflect Polands´zeitgeist of the era and the eventful Polish history. From OCtober 21 until November 19, 2023, an exhibition of posters by Polish artists will open its doors at EMMA – Creative Center Pforzheim in cooperation with the Dydo Gallery, escorting the exhibition “Nothing New on the Eastern Front” at A.K.T; Pforzheim. This event presents posters by Polish artists such as Franciszek Starowieyeski, Jan Sawka, Jan Lenica, Waldemar Swierzy, Lipinski Eryk, Pagowski Andrzej or Tomaszewski Henryk, displaying not only works of the Polish School but also contempory posters from last century´s fifties until present.


artistic direction: Janusz Czech

Vernissage 20.10.2023, 7 pm at EMMA Creative Center

Opening hours: Fri 2pm-7 pm, Sat 2 pm-10 pm, Sun 11 am-7 pm


with works from

Maja Bajević

Anna Baranowski & Luise Schröder

Rufina Bazlova & Sofia Tocar

Julia Beliaeva

Frédéric Chaubin

Márta Czene

Lex Drewinski,

Wiktor Dyndo

Ieva Epnere

Vladimir Frelih & Dragan Matić

Susanne Fritz

Sętowski Gawron

Shalva Gelitashvili

Michael Grudziecki

Aneta Grzeszykowska

Marina Gržinić & Aina Šmid,

Jakub Janovský

Gvantsa Jishkariani

Gvantsa Jishkariani & Nata Sopromadze & David Apakidze

Franka Kaßner

Zauri Matikashvili

Ana Petrović

Nika Rukavina

Krišs Salmanis

Slavs and Tatars

Zbigniew Sikora


Wojciech Wilczyk

Waldemar Zimbelmann