“The Hell of Things,” 2009. Exhibition view at Kronika, Bytom. Courtesy Kronika
Centre for Contemporary Arts Kronika is a center for contemporary art located in the heart of the industrial city of Bytom, in Upper Silesia, Poland. It is devoted to exploring the interconnections between contemporary art theory, activity, and music, as well as political and social sciences, education, film, theater, alternative tourism, design, and architecture.
Kronika is a place of knowledge production. Its program is implemented through exhibitions, public space projects, trips, experimental musical cycles, art publications, workshops, discussions, lectures, and the popularization of art.
A place of utmost importance for the recently reopened institution (which completed a major refurbishment in 2006) is the meeting room, a space combining the functions of a music stage, chill-out room, reading room, and screening room, with its interior designed by a different artist every year. The character of the meeting room reflects the tactics of the institution, which is always searching for a new, flexible approach, and taking advantage of the multidisciplinary opportunities available.
Kronika also coordinates mobile grants for artists and curators who spend a few weeks in Upper Silesia developing projects dealing with the region’s specific characteristics, as well as its current social and cultural issues. In addition, the center organizes regular educational activities, rents bikes, and offers the only artistic bookstore in Upper Siliesia. Kronika cooperates with artists, curators, and art centers in Poland as well as abroad.