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¬ 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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Sara Masüger

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Inn Reverse (2018)

“Masüger sees the body as a malleable entity that she distorts through casting. […] She moves figuration toward an indistinct state, and in this visible transformation the work becomes poignant.”

Sara Masüger at Freymond-Guth, Zurich by Aoife Rosenmeyer
Art in America
March 20, 2014

Sara Masüger’s commission for MUZEUM SUSCH combines sculpture, architecture and landscape. Running underneath the floor of the entrance hall in the Bieraria Veglia is a narrow tunnel filled with sculptural forms that echo natural rock formations found in the Engadin valley. This artificial cavity opens up at the far end of the building onto the river bank, carrying its sound into the museum. Masüger created a meditative experience in which the sound is dismembered from its source and transported inside her sculptural passageway that is punctuated by areas of light and darkness – all of which become materials of her work along with the white acrystal shapes.

“Masüger’s work occupies a place within a lineage that includes Eva Hesse (material experiments and the processual), Louise Bourgeois (psychoanalytical work), Heidi Bucher (studies of spaces and their cathartic capacity) or even Alina Szapocznikow (a post-Surrealist idiom addressing the body trauma of the 20th century). What begins impulsively in the studio takes on its full material form only in the architectural space of the exhibition.”

Sara Masüger, Eavesdropping, Sticking and Falling Down - Features BY RAPHAEL GYGAX
Frieze
August 2, 2012

 

© Jürg Masüger & Muzeum Susch / Art Stations Foundation CH

“The artist reminds us that our bodies are at the forefront of important transformations, that they will increasingly be coupled with, extended, and heightened through implants, artificial parts, and interfaces.”

Tronc Mental at CAN Centre d’Art Neuchâtel
The Guardian
April 4, 2018

The main protagonist of Inn Reverse is the river Inn that lends its name to the whole region, and whose own name derives from the old Celtic words en and enios meaning ‘water’. One of the defining aspects of Masüger’s practice is the physical presence of the body which defines the shape and existence of many of her works. In Susch, the work can only be experienced individually as the viewer is invited to take part in an intimate encounter with one of the primary elements – the flow of water that originates not far away and continues up to the Black Sea as a tributary of the Danube, one of Europe’s key natural frontiers that defined and witnessed countless events in the past. Inn Reverse is an invitation to reflect on this endless flow of materiality and time.

 


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