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CULTURAL STATEMENT

¬ Engaging History to create dialogues
Grażyna Kulczyk sets great store by her role as an ambassador for contemporary Polish and Middle Eastern European art, which has long been omitted from the canon and tended to be overlooked by the majority of Western critics and collectors, due to the particular political environment of the former Eastern bloc states. Beyond this general ambition, her collecting strategy also reflects two key interests: International artists have joined the collection, opening up new perspectives and highlighting contrasts between works but also hinting to parallels and raising questions about the multifarious and complex relations between East and West in general. These expanded perspectives and contrasts within the collection provide the basis for commentary on complex and timely global concerns. The women’s perspective in the collection adds a clear feminist mission to the endeavours of Grażyna Kulczyk, whose own history as an independent, creative entrepreneur is at the root of a deep understanding and emotional connection to issues women face in their artistic practice. Her collection reflects this interest, inviting and encouraging participation, contributing to the recognition and greater visibility of women — as artists and elsewhere.

Muzeum Susch - Grażyna Kulczyk


ART STATIONS FOUNDATION
by Grażyna Kulczyk

¬ Opening Perspectives
Established in 2004, as the Kulczyk Foundation, the ART STATIONS FOUNDATION by Grażyna Kulczyk is to support innovative developments of culture and art and to provide artists with opportunities to engage with local communities. The mission of popularising culture and art, in addition to facilitating and increasing their availability to a broader public, was consistently accomplished through the foundation’s various exhibition projects and grants focusing on innovative juxtapositions of Polish and international contemporary art. Taking up new artistic trends, as well as engaging in aesthetic and theoretic exploration, the activities of the foundation are providing fresh perspectives for viewing the collection and beyond. Since 2017 the Foundation operates both from Poland and from Switzerland.

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On Reformation and
Standards of Thought

‘The Iran Conference’
Disputaziuns Susch 2017

Ivan Vyrypaev introduces his newest play, ‘The Iran Conference’, that is to premiere at Stanford University (CA) in spring 2018. Excerpts from the play, exploring the role of religion, discussing ethics of acting and thinking within given political scenarios and as part of our human condition are presented by actors Agata Buzek and Borys Szyc to starting off discussions at Disputaziuns Susch.

Ivan Vyrypaev ‘The Iran Conference’
Disputaziuns Susch 2017
performed by Agata Buzek and Borys Szyc
Disputaziuns Susch

‘The doll maker — A journey from reformation to the deep web’
Disputaziuns Susch 2017

Luc Tuymans opened his studio in Antwerp for sharing his thoughts on Reformation and counter Reformation, taking us on a journey from the distrust in imagery over the deep web to the doll maker attitude of the portraitist. The film is based on a conversation with Mareike Dittmer and to premiere at Disputaziuns Susch ‘On Reformation and Standards of Thought’ on 28 October 2017.

‘The doll maker — A journey from reformation to the deep web’
Luc Tuymans in discussion with Mareike Dittmer
Disputaziuns Susch 2017
Disputaziuns Susch

‘The Lucrezia Complex’
Jörg Heiser
Disputaziuns Susch 2017

Jörg Heiser’s lecture ‘The Lucrezia Complex’ discusses Lucrezia as an allegory of resistance - against tyranny in art, and in Luther’s theses.

Jörg Heiser ‘The Lucrezia Complex’
Disputaziuns Susch 2017
Disputaziuns Susch

‘Four stories on the margins of Reformation’
Anda Rottenberg
Disputaziuns Susch 2017

Anda Rottenberg introduces four stories on the margins of Reformation, in which returning characters create differing constellations and connections.

Anda Rottenberg ‘Four stories on the margins of Reformation’
Disputaziuns Susch 2017
Disputaziuns Susch

‘The female factor. On the role of female artists and thinkers since Reformation’
Disputaziuns Susch 2017

Chaired by Chus Martinez (director Institut Kunst Basel), the discussion between Christina aus der Au (president 36th Deutscher Evangelischer Kirchentag and managing director Centre for Church development at Zurich University), Agata Jakubowska (art historian and professor at Adam Mickiewicz University Poznan) and Monika Szewczyk (curator documenta 14) covered grounds from belief in women to the specific role of education, especially for women, historically but also addressing the here and now. What is nowadays the importance of believe structures, rituals and greater goals?

‘The female factor. On the role of female artists and thinkers since Reformation’
Disputaziuns Susch 2017
Disputaziuns Susch

‘The Power of Doubt’
Disputaziuns Susch 2017

Opened by a key note ‘On Sigmar Polke’s glass windows at the Grossmunster Zurich’ by Jacqueline Burckhardt (art historian, co-founder and editor of ‘Parkett’), the conversation between Susanne von Falkenhausen (art historian and art critic, professor emeritus Humbuldt University Berlin), Kasper König (curator, founder and artistic director of Skulptur Projekte Münster 1977-2017), Miroslaw Balka (sculptor and video artist) and chaired by Mareike Dittmer (associate publisher frieze magazine and chair Disputaziuns Susch) took its starting point from the question: What are images of power and what is the power of images? How to cast doubt upon these? What are fields of conflict and substitute battles? When did religion replace identity and what did change in discursive patterns since then? If we ask from art 'to be a transmission belt to celebrate the complexity of the world, not to making it more simple’ (Kasper König) where do we find points of disagreement to stress exactly this complexity?

‘The Power of Doubt’
Disputaziuns Susch 2017