Air Wants to Go. Dominik Lejman

Air Wants to Go
Dominik Lejman
Curated by: Hubertus v. Amelunxen

Opening: 16.10.2020 r., 6:30 p.m.
Duration: 17.10-16.12.2020

The title “Air Wants to Go” has been borrowed from the poem The Chess Player by the American poet Howard Altmann, which describes human abandonment and transformation in relation to the world. It is also the title of one of Dominik Lejman’s most recent works, a diptych in which Howard Altmann’s verse seems to vanish. The presentation at OP ENHEIM will feature five multi-element works by the award-winning Polish artist, which will be accompanied by a projection on the façade during the first three evenings of the exhibition.

Dominik Lejman’s art is based on the phenomenology of time, the entanglement of duration and repetition. The world depicted in his painting reveals a different world of duration. By combining abstract, geometric painting with the temporary video projection, Lejman enriches his painting with a narrative – a fabric and texts, “fences” of doubt between revelation and rejection, elation and fall, Elysium and prison. The artist’s aesthetics of painting, coupled with the mechanisation of projection reminiscent of Marcel Duchamp, enable the interpenetration of that which is visible and that which is not, duplications and palimpsest-like overlays, the appearance and disappearance of bodies, ghastly exposures and covers. To quote Samuel Beckett, who is perceived by the artist as a kindred spirit, Lejman’s practice could be termed “art of confinement”: An endless revelation, veil after veil, layer upon layer of imperfect transparency, a revelation towards the unrevealable, nothing, the thing once more.


Opening weekend

• 16.10, 6:30 p.m. | Exhibition opening and projection on the facade of OP ENHEIM
During the vernissage, access to the gallery will be limited. We invite you to a special zone in front of the tenement house, from where you will be able to watch the projection on the facade of the tenement house.
Save the date on the calendar or join the event:

• 17.10, 11:30 a.m. | OP_Talks | Meeting with Dominik Lejman and Hubertus v. Amelunxen

• 17.10, 2:00 p.m. | OP_Talks | Lecture by Volker Diehl

• 16.10-18.10, 6:30–8:30 p.m. | Projection of Dominik Lejman’s works on the facade of OP ENHEIM

Guided tours

• 28.10, 6:00 p.m. | Guided tour of the exhibition

• 25.11, 6:00 p.m. | Guided tour of the exhibition


If you want to visit the exhibition, please contact us by phone: 601 656 335, by e-mail at or by sending a message on Facebook.

Organizer: OP ENHEIM
Coorganizer: VOP
Sponsor: Womak Holding SA
Partners: KEIM, University of Fine Arts in Poznan
Media patronage: Magazyn Szum, NN6T

The project is co-financed by the Department of Culture of the City of Wrocław ( and is implemented in cooperation with the Foundation for Polish-German Cooperation.

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