Jenny Holzer's Truisms series is one of the most famous pieces by Jenny Holzer. It is a collection of more or less 300 aphorisms and slogans created by the artist based on stereotypes or commonly recognized truths. Truisms present different and inconsistent attitudes towards the individual, society, upbringing, or exercising power. Not all slogans are consistent with the artist’s views, but as she herself declares, they are worth considering. Truisms have been exhibited in many countries of the world and translated into various languages. In 1993, they premiered in Poland.
Holzer’s intention was to present short, memorable, thought-provoking statements, placed in a space where anyone, regardless of their interest in art, could read them. For the artist, the most important thing was content; the simple form was to allow eye-catching presentation in various media. In Warsaw, they were presented mainly on posters in the Centre for Contemporary Art and throughout Warsaw. They were also displayed on two large billboards at Konstytucji Square – on the façade of the MDM hotel – and at Marszałkowska Street and on the axis of the Palace of Culture and Science. Holzer texts also appeared on two electronic boards: in the main hall of the Central Railway Station and in the Bogusz department store in Złota Street. Ujazdowski Castle Centre for Contemprary Art also produced a series of T-shirts with selected truisms.