Günter Grass - the Gdańsk collection

Günter Grass - the Gdańsk collectionOpening: May 05th, 20.30Exhibition: May 6th - July 26th, 2015Curators: Marta Wróblewska (Gdańsk City Gallery) and Magdalena Olszewska (National Museum in Gdańsk)Günter Grass Gallery in Gdańskul. Szeroka 34/35, 36, 37, Grobla I 1/2free entrance

The exhibition “Günter Grass - the Gdańsk Collection” presents the biggest Polish collection of the Noble Prize laureate’s art works: graphics, drawings and sculptures, and at same time constitutes one of the biggest collections of his works in the world. The exposition includes several dozens of selected works representing various graphic techniques, as well as drawings and sculptures from various stages of the artist’s work. The exhibited works present Günter Grass as a great artist who uses various forms and techniques. The wide audience recognizes Grass as a writer mostly, but it is worth remembering that the comprehensive artistic work has always simultaneously accompanied his writing.The exhibition is part of the Gdańsk events commemorating Günter Grass. On Tuesday, the 5th of May, a concert to commemorate the artist will take place in the St. John’s Centre, at 19.00. It will be followed by a march with drums to the Günter Grass Gallery in Gdańsk.Free tickets are available in the Baltic Sea Culture Centre in Gdańsk, ul. Korzenna 33/35Organiser: The City of Gdańsk

Günter Grass Gallery in Gdańsk is the only Polish gallery presenting Günter Grass’s art works. Since its beginning the institution works with the Günter Grass House (Günter Grass Haus) in Lübeck and cooperates directly with the Noble Prize laureate’s foundation. Every year the gallery organises the Grassmania Festival - an event lasting several days, which is either a commentary to or a dialogue with Günter Grass’ works. The festival’s programme includes exhibitions, concerts, performances, meetings with artists, film screenings and walks tracing either the work or the life of Grass. This year its 7th edition will take place, between the 7th and the 10th of October.In 2014 an educational game called “Grassówka” was released. It is an interactive, educational computer game about old Gdańsk and its scenario is inspired by the history-related and literary motives taken from Günter Grass’a novels. The main protagonists: the Tin Drum, the Flounder, Aleksandra Piątkowska and Alexander Reschke lead the players through three stages of the game to the places in Gdańsk which are well-known from the novels “The Tin Drum”, “The Flounder” and “The Call of the Toad“.Additionally, Günter Grass Gallery in Gdańsk organizes an educational Project named “Grass’owanie”. Grass’owanie is a pun referring to Günter Grass’s name and children’s “prowling” (the Polish word “grasować” means “to prowl”). During walks and workshops - both for children and adults - the participants “loiter” in the Old Town and the Wrzeszcz borough, as well as visit the exhibitions of the Gdańsk City Gallery. Günter Grass Gallery in Gdańsk also sells the artist’s graphics.