Grassomania 8

Grassomania is a project dedicated to Günter Grass, whose programme is inspired by the work of the Nobel Laureate, interpreted by contemporary artists, to whom it is also a source of inspiration.

The 8th edition of Grassomania will comprise of many actions and events that help to strengthen the memory of Günter Grass in many ways and explore his heritage on many levels.
The 8th Grassomania will start with the Morning Shifts project whose title comes from the first of the three books constituting the Dog Years novel. This novel is the last part of the so-called Gdańsk trilogy, in which Gdańsk appears as a borderland city, the little homeland of Germans, Poles and Jews. Six literary authors and six visual artists will travel from Gdańsk to Wrocław and from Wrocław to Gdańsk to investigate the genius loci of both cities that are so far away from each other, but, at the same time, so close. The literary and visual works created as an effect of the collaboration between the artists will be published in an experimental artistic publication that will sum up the project.

Morning shifts is an enterprise organized in collaboration with Dizajn BWA Wrocław Gallery, Tajne Komplety Bookstore and the Timon Karpowicz Foundation, from March to October, 2016.
Artits invited to participate in this project: Jakub Babczyński,  Katarzyna Kmita, Grzegorz Kwiatkowski, Patrycja Orzechowska, Aleksandra M. Perzyńska, Barbara Piórkowska, Bartosz Sadulski, Maciej Salamon, Kama Sokolnicka, Antek Wajda, Agnieszka Wolny-Hamkało, Kamil Zając.

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On April 13th 2016 – the first anniversary of the Günter Grass’s death – we will open an exhibition in the Günter Grass Gallery in Gdańsk titled Günter Grass Collection Plus* that will present a part of the 4G collection of the Nobel Laureate’s graphics, drawings and sculptures (including new acquisitions that have not been exhibited yet). They will be presented in a dialogue with selected works of Gdańsk artists. The exhibition will last until August 14th 2016.

Artists invited to participate in the exhibition: Alicja Buławka-Fankidejska, Magda Hueckel, Władysław Jackiewicz, Katarzyna Jóźwiak –Moskal,  Jacek Kornacki, Stanisław Nowodworski, Mariusz Otta, Maciej Rauch, Maciek Salamon,  Krzysztof Wróblewski, Wojciech Zamiara, Marcin Zawicki, Małgorzata Żerwe.

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Thanks to the digitalization process, the impressive collection of 141 works of art created by the Nobel Laureate, gathered in the Günter Grass Gallery in Gdańsk, will be published not only in a form of a printed catalogue, but also as a Virtual Günter Grass Gallery. This project will undoubtedly open many new perspectives on Grass’s heritage to our audience.  

It will be a starting point to creating a multilayer, virtual information and education platform directed to various groups of recipients Grass’s art. Apart from the reproductions of the works from the Günter Grass Gallery in Gdańsk collection, you will also find there some archive materials and interactive projects, like Grassówka – the computer game based on the motives from literary and visual art of Grass or G: RASS – a new mobile application created by artists and programmers from Gdańsk and Düsseldorf as a part of an EU project “The People’s Smart Sculpture”.  

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  “The People’s Smart Sculpture” EU project will give us also an opportunity to introduce artistic performances into public space. The artists invited to participate in the project will try to animate the new space in Gdańsk dedicated to Günter Grass.

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