Emergency Room is an open exhibition space provided for artists to comment the social and political events of a given day. The presented artwork, regardless of its form (installations, illustrations, video art, happenings, performances), is always critical and involved. Each piece is recorded, and some are published and commented online.Exhibits are swapped out every day at 12:00 and 18:00 throughout the duration of the project.


Pieces left unclaimed by artists are placed in the Delay Museum, where they serve as “yesterday’s art” ― no longer current from the Emergency Room’s point of view, but nevertheless topical, especially when compared to critical art displayed in classic, curated exhibitions, whose preparation takes much longer.

The Emergency Room project was first held at the PS1 Gallery at the New York Museum of Modern Art in 2007. The format was created by Thierry “Colonel” Geoffroy, a Danish format artist who will also be the curator of the Polish edition. Besides commenting on headline news, the Emergency Room at the European Culture Congress will address congress events, especially topics of meetings and discussions.

The Emergency Room pavilion will be set up in the busiest location in the building complex surrounding Centennial Hall. The pavilion was designed by Marcin Garbacki and Karolina Tunajek (Projekt Praga).  Pavilion’s interior was designed by architect Jean de Piepape.

Curators: Thierry Geoffroy, Michał Bieniek
Architects: Marcin Garbacki, Karolina Tunajek
Interior design: Jean de Piepape
Production: Karolina Bieniek, Agata Makowska
Co-organizer: Fundacja Art Transparent

Artists: Tomasz Bajer, Guillaume Dimanche, Wojciech Duda, Valerie Frossard, Sophie Hjerl, Rosaria Iazzetta, Rafał Jakubowicz, Peter Lind, David Marin, Piotr Kmita, Marcin Mierzicki, Dorota Nieznalska, Tomasz Opania, Kama Sokolnicka, Dionisis Christofilogiannis, Christian Costa, Nadia Plesner, Peter Rothmeier Ravn