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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 overlooked by 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 endeavours. Her collection reflects this interest, inviting and encouraging participation, contributing to the recognition and greater visibility of women — as artists and elsewhere.

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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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STARY BROWAR NOWY TANIEC

¬ Dance as a Field of Knowledge
The performative program of Art Stations Foundation in Poznan, STARY BROWAR NOWY TANIEC / OLD BREWERY NEW DANCE was created to popularise, promote and present the art of contemporary choreography, especially its avant-garde trends. The main mission and goal of the program is an intensive support of the development of Polish choreography. Stary Browar was the first space dedicated specifically to dance in Poland — a meeting point of the international dance and choreography community and Polish artists. Providing a platform for artistic dialogue, research, creation and choreographic reflection and for presentations of both renowned and up and coming artists, from the very beginning Stary Browar Nowy Taniec constantly supported young Polish dance artists and succeeded to introduce a whole new generation of ambitious and talented dance creators to the Polish and international scene.

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SUSCH

On Reformation and
Standards of Thought

To amplify the modus operandi of the institution and to create a communal space for discussion, the inaugural program of MUZEUM SUSCH involves a series of discursive manifestations and as part of this, a new conference scheme, starting in October 2017 with this year’s 500 anniversary of Martin Luther’s Ninety-five Theses or Disputation on the Power of Indulgences being sent to Albert of Brandenburg, the Archbishop of Mainz, in October 1517. The theme of this years DISPUTAZIUNS SUSCH is also taking up the history of the actual place where in 1537 the original Disputaziuns Susch formed one of the 1st reformed protestant churches in Switzerland.

Disputaziuns Susch

Chaired by Mareike Dittmer and with contributions by Jacqueline Burckhardt, Susanne von Falkenhausen, Jörg Heiser, Kasper König, Anda Rottenberg and Luc Tuymans — to name just a few of the participants, On Reformation and Standards of Thought is an invitation to debate what exactly happened in the early 16th century when concepts of magic, miracle, and divine intervention as epistemologies ceased to square with the burgeoning intellectual integrity of the time. Although the schism with the Roman Catholic Church initiated by Martin Luther and continued by Jean Calvin, Huldrych Zwingli, and other early Protestant Reformers in 16th century Europe had a core theological motivation, many other factors played a part, including the rise of nationalism, erosion of faith in the Papacy and the perceived corruption of the Roman Curia. Added to this was the new learning of the Renaissance and the impact of humanism. The Reformation’s religious aspects were supplemented by ambitious political agendas for power and control that signalled the beginning of the modern era.

By discussing images of power and the power of images DISPUTAZIUNS SUSCH is to start a tradition for intellectual encounters within a conference scheme assembling scholars, museum professionals and artists in the remote alpine location to engage in a collective exercise of constructive criticism and potentially to prepare for change.

‘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

‘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

‘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

‘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

Already in preparation is the continuation of the programme: DISPUTAZIUNS SUSCH 2018 On Gender and Artificial Intelligence is bringing together experts from science and art to analyse and to discuss agencies broaching the rise of artificial intelligence, the transfer of gender imbalance from the physical to digital worlds, the issue of future acceleration and the pervasive use of data, are some of the topics on the agenda for next year.