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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.


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

The Women Centre for Excellency

A think tank research project conceived by Chus Martínez, INSTITUTO SUSCH is founded by Grażyna Kulczyk in collaboration with Institut Kunst Basel. The institute is inviting fellow researchers to accentuate priorities for education and decision-making by analysing existing sentiments and preoccupations in the past and present roles of women in arts and science and by this, to define an imaginative way of addressing the languages (visual and non visual) that will carry a multitude of possible futures beyond genders.

Affecting our ways of seeing, the conditions of technology, the premises of science, the questions of history and memory, the suggested route of re-evaluating the female factor is a proposition to produce a new social contract and to see in consequence the potential origins of new institutional foundations. It is not about to produce a disciplinary exercise on a subject matter that has been studied much. Instead, it is about the potential and the usage of visual arts as a matrix to give a new sensorial format to a form of intelligence used for testing our (gender) relations.

Using art is the “amniotic fluid” in which we may discover where new social, natural and technological experiments can be made. To address the question of gender is to address the question of affection, the way we condition empathy and understanding through feelings. On this basis, the project aims to create a manual to support implementing change for the present moment — not as a set of statements, but as a series of daring propositions on what affects our affections. And, therefore, on what makes a difference in challenging our set notions of gender relations. It is a speculative exercise on the future based on the study of the conditions of the female gender.