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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

An Institution in Formation

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Open from 2 January 2019

Located in the valley of the river Inn, amongst the remnants of a medieval monastery and set against the backdrop of alpine mountains, open to the public from 2 January 2019 is MUZEUM SUSCH: a new addition to the matrix of experimentation and novel approaches to art in response to the enchanting surroundings of Engadin.

Muzeum Susch

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, situated above a naturally-occurring mountain water source. 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 argument and research relying on the laboratory character of a Kunsthalle. Founded by Grażyna Kulczyk, the Polish entrepreneur and long-term supporter of contemporary art, 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 art 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.

Muzeum Susch

Permanent site-specific Installations

Being simultaneously a site of contemplation, research and intervention, MUZEUM SUSCH is defined by a series of permanent, site-specific installations by international contemporary artists, which engage with the architecture and the idiosyncratic structure. Each built-in artwork plays a part in shaping the evolving character and distinctive layout of the space, inviting a unique sense of choreography with temporary works on display which will occupy the majority of the building space.

One of the first site-specific installations to arrive at MUZEUM SUSCH was Monika Sosnowska’s ‘Stairs’ (2017), a 14m steel structure that sits like the spinal column in the former ice tower of the brewery.

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Most currently arriving is Adrian Villar-Rojas ‘Theatre of Disappearance XXXI’ (2018), an environment staging objects in its very own place and time.

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‘Theatre of Disappearance XXXI’ (2018)...

Muzeum Susch

An Alpine Monastery

The reading and perception of the place is ambiguous: both religious – monastic and naturally historic. Swiss architects, Chasper Schmidlin and Lukas Voellmy, have been commissioned to restore and expand these existing structures according to the individual vision of the principal. The whole project balances sympathy to the history of the building, establishing space for a contemporary art museum within this context while introducing minimal architectural interventions. Taking the monastery as a place for production and to allow for reflection is at the DNA of the project. The natural history of the place can be read everywhere and penetrates the architecture in many places, as part of it.

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