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Five Poisons | guided tour of Cieplechovic

Feb. 17,2024, 4 p.m.


We invite you for a guided tour of Cieplechovic through the "Five Poisons" exhibition, during which he will talk about Buddhism and influences from medieval art, Christian symbolism, Carl G. Jung's analytical psychology, and concepts adopted from cultural anthropology literature.




photo: Agnieszka Bukowska


The artist investigates symbols and archetypes, especially the maternal and paternal figures that are deeply intertwined with human development and growth. These figures give rise to the next generation, embedding patterns and values that we unconsciously mirror later in life.



The eponymous ‘Five Poisons’, also known as 'mind defilements', are a fundamental concept in Buddhism. They refer to five harmful emotions that are the source of human suffering: desire, anger, pride, jealousy, and ignorance. According to Buddhism, the world around us is essentially neutral. Suffering doesn’t arise from it, but directly from our psyche, comprising several layers, with spirituality at its pinnacle.


curator: Katarzyna Piskorz


Exhibition will run until Mar, 2, 2024.


the project is co-financed by the Capital City of Warsaw


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