¬ 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

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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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.



10. – 11. October 2018, 10 am, open to the public
12. October 2018, Master students only

Campus of the Arts HGK FHNW, Aula D 1.04
Freilager-Platz 1
4002 Basel

Promise No Promises!
With: Stefanie Hessler, Natasha Sadr, Hannah Weinberger, Alexandra Navratil, Julieta Aranda, Elise Lammer, Emily Ding, Laura Miriam Leonardi, Selina Grüter & Michèle Graf, Camille Aleña, Axels Stiefel, Katharina Brandl and Mareike Dittmer. Moderated by Chus Martínez and Quinn Latimer.