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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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SUSCH

A Woman Looking at Men Looking at Women

Curated by Kasia Redzisz

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2 January – 30 June 2019

“A Woman Looking at Men Looking at Women” – the inaugural exhibition at Muzeum Susch, a new institution founded by Grażyna Kulczyk – takes as its point of departure one of her collection’s key strengths, its focus on women artists, to explore the notion of the feminine in its diverse facets: social, political and cultural.

From artistic conventions of female representation through sexual emancipation to the questioning of traditional gender roles, the show addresses many issues central to feminist theory. Yet, rather than reiterating established polemics, it seeks to offer a fresh perspective on the paradoxes of the feminine. In the works on display, the female gaze predominates; the body is a source of pleasure rather than an ideological battlefield; motherhood and domesticity are marked not just by tenderness but also by tension.

Borrowing its title from Siri Hustvedt’s eponymous 2012 essay, which analyses the perceptual biases that affect how we judge both art and the wider world, the show celebrates pioneering women artists, who have only recently attained their long-deserved places in the art-historical canon. More importantly, however, it tells the story of those who, regardless of gender, found the passion, creativity and courage to challenge not only social norms but also the limits of art and its restrictive categories. As Hustvedt herself wrote: “A work of art has no sex.” A fearless commitment to experimentation and to pushing the boundaries of art lies at the very core of this exhibition.

Joan Semmel, Untitled, 1972
Joan Semmel, Untitled, 1972, oil on canvas, 118.7 x 174.6 cm, Grażyna Kulczyk Collection
© ARS, NY and DACS, London, 2018 /ProLitteris, Zurich.
Image courtesy 2018 Christie’s Images Limited

List of artists

Carla Accardi, Evelyne Axell, Magdalena Abakanowicz, Helena Almeida, Ida Applebroog, Mirosław Bałka, Maria Bartuszová, Renate Bertlmann, Judith Bernstein, Louise Bourgeois, Geta Brătescu, Ellen Cantor, Dadamaino, Marlene Dumas, Nicole Eisenman, Wojciech Fangor, Lucio Fontana, Laura Grisi, Dorothy Iannone, Birgit Jürgenssen, Kiki Kogelnik, Maria Lassnig, Natalia LL, Sarah Lucas, Roman Ondak, Teresa Pągowska, Carol Rama, Erna Rosenstein, Iris von Roten, Carolee Schneemann, Sylvia Sleigh, Joan Semmel, Alina Szapocznikow, Betty Tompkins, Julie Verhoeven, Hannah Wilke and Andrzej Wróblewski

For more detailed information about the artists and works included in the show, please download our application Muzeum Susch from the app store, available from 29 December 2018.