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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

An Institution in Formation

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Opening in 2018

Located in the idyllic valley of the river Inn amongst the remnants of a medieval monastery and set against the backdrop of alpine mountains, now due to open in 2018 is MUZEUM SUSCH: a new addition to the matrix of experimentation and novel approaches to art in response to the enchanting surroundings of Engadin.

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Engadin / Muzeum Susch building in progress

The former vicarage, the hospice and the economic building were parts of a rural monastery founded in 1157 after Flüela Pass, on the pilgrim’s path to Rome and Santiago de Compostela. A brewery building was added in the 19th century. To house MUZEUM SUSCH the existing structures are subtly restored and recombined in a complex form, an inspiring environment for artistic production and mediation, a diverse ensemble encouraging exploratory journeys for visitors and introducing spaces for exhibitions and experimental presentations, performances and lectures as well as a residency programme.

MUZEUM SUSCH is a space for art discourse and research relying on the laboratory character of a Kunsthalle. Founded by Grażyna Kulczyk, it is specifically (but not exclusively) informed by a deep understanding of woman artists and seeks an emotional connection to art as a matrilineage of the sometimes omitted, overlooked or misread. It aims to contribute to the recognition and greater visibility of artists and artworks which resonate these concerns which have informed a collection focussed on conceptual and female artists with a natural input of Central Eastern European art that is still underrepresented in reunited Europe. Thus one of the central qualities of MUZEUM SUSCH and its activities is the redefinition of the canonical and the marginalized, not as a dominating force silencing others but as an influential voice for making other voices heard.

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Muzeum Susch impressions / Monika Sosnowska installation in situ

Being simultaneously a site of contemplation, research and intervention, MUZEUM SUSCH is defined by an open series of site-specific works by contemporary artists who individually engage with the architecture and particular structure, and with each new addition shaping the evolving character of the site. The temporary, thematic exhibitions are staging choreographies for invited works in relation to these permanent installations, and in interplay with these site-specific settings they offer a sense of time and location which adds to the procedural thinking and the sensual approach of exhibitions making.

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Chasper Schmidlin & Lukas Voellmy
Architektenteam Muzeum Susch / longitudinal section

The exterior of the museum mirrors the internal architecture, taking up the historical and geological approach of the main brewery building that was hewn from the rock. An immersive, external hiking trail introduces complex levels of engagement with the landscape, not trying to impose an artificial garden design but to enhance the existing site by letting the surrounding mountain panorama emphasise the sensory perception of the museum’s architectural impact as well as grounding the presence within both historical and natural borders.

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Chasper Schmidlin & Lukas Voellmy
Architektenteam Muzeum Susch / horizontal plan
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Chasper Schmidlin & Lukas Voellmy
Architektenteam Muzeum Susch / cross section