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Transformation Station Broadcats

Art collections as signs of the times

Art collections as signs of the times

Meeting with Ewa Łączyńska-Widz, Monika Szewczyk and Daniel Muzyczuk

November 5th 18.00 European Solidarity Centre

TRANSFORMATION STATION BROADCASTS is a series of meetings with directors of cultural institutions. It aims at presenting various programme and strategic activities of the most important city, state and non-governmental organizations.

It is a perfect opportunity to take a closer look at the profiles of the three highly rated cultural agencies. Their original activities programme and the viewer relation-building method prove that best-performing institutions are also present outside of the biggest cultural centres.

Curator: Maks Bochenek

The first meeting of the TRANSFORMATION STATION BROADCASTS series will host:

Muzeum Sztuki in Łódź was established in 1930. It focuses on researching and exhibiting in various contexts the works of art gathered in 20th and 21st century art collection. Its mission is to promote groundbreaking artistic phenomena and to strengthen the importance of art as an element of social life. In 2013 the Museum’s collection grew bigger: a collection of contemporary art was added by Łódzkie Towarzystwo Zachęty Sztuk Pięknych (Fine Arts Incentive Association in Lodz, established as a part of “Sign of the Times” programme in 2004).

Arsenal Gallery in Białystok works since 1990 as a city institution. Apart from implementation of the original exhibition and education programmes it creates contemporary art collections and possesses one of the most outstanding collections in Poland, expanding further by Podlaskie Towarzystwo Zachęty Sztuk Pięknych (Fine Arts Incentive Association) as a part of “Sign of the Times” programme. Arsenał was declared the best self-government cultural institution promoting contemporary art in “Polityka” magazine survey in 1997. It was placed 3rd in the best public gallery in Poland rating in 2010.

BWA Gallery in Tarnów is a city culture institution, existing in current shape since 1996. In 2013, along with Małopolska Fundacja Muzeum Sztuki Współczesnej, it opened a permanent exposition of the collection, built as a part of “Sign of the Times” programme since 2004. Also this year, BWA in Tarnów was ranked 1st in professional, national and regional wrap-ups.

Bio:

Ewa Łączyńska Widz — director of BWA Gallery in Tarnów, art historian, curator, author. She led the Alfabet polski (“Polish Alphabet”) project in Tarnów in 2009-2011. Co-editor of the book “Tarnów. 1000 years of modernity” (with Dawid Radziszewski). She curated the contest exhibition VI Spojrzenia 2013 in Zachęta, Warsaw with Jadwiga Sawicka.

Monika Szewczyk - director of Arsenal Gallery in Białystok where she has gathered one of the best contemporary art collections in Poland (since 1990). She is also a curator of exhibitions in the most important Polish and foreign museums. One of her last works, “Podróż̇ na Wschód” (Journey to the East) was organized within the Polish presidency in European Union.

Daniel Muzyczuk — curator in Muzeum Sztuki in Łódź, curator at Centrum Sztuki Współczesnej Znaki Czasu (Centre of Contemporary Art “Signs of the Times”) in Toruń (since 2008 to 2011). Curator of: Long Gone Susan Philipsz, Poszliśmy do Croatan (We went to Coratan, with Robert Rumas), MORE IS MORE (with Agnieszka Pindera and Joanna Zielińska) (among others). He lectured in Academy of Fine Arts in Gdansk. Member of AICA.

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