Günter Grass – the Collection Plus*

Venue: Günter Grass Gallery in Gdańsk, Szeroka 34/35-37
Date: April 13th – August 14th, 2016
Curator: Marta Wróblewska

Artist: Alicja Buławka-Fankidejska, Günter Grass, 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

Images live in us. They are cultivated as important elements constituting the history of art. At the same time, passed from one generation to another, they also exist in the subconscious of the audience. Quite often, they emerge unexpectedly in completely new, different circumstances of time and space, when particular emotions, associations, intellectual or intuitive stimuli are awaken.

Selected symbols and motifs, known from popular culture or history of art, arranged in new, often surprising constellations, are supposed to animate the viewers’ memory and imagination, contributing to better understanding of the life after life of images.

Inspired by Aby Warburg’s Mnemosyne Atlas in which the scholar confronted historical images with contemporary illustrations in an astonishingly daring way, at the same time emphasizing the continuity of certain types of motifs and the changing functions of images, we create the Gdańsk map of memory. Selected works from Günter Grass collection in the Günter Grass Gallery in Gdańsk are juxtaposed with the works of other artists originating from Gdańsk. This assembly faces us with a certain repertory of motifs constituting an individual source of inspiration for every artist. In this kaleidoscope, diversified when it comes to media and temperaments, one can trace some fixed elements – recurring iconographic motifs which create particular thematic sequences in this exhibition. They are transformed differently, depending on the artists’ intention. This intriguing dialogue not only shows the development of the images both in popular history and in the artists’ consciousness, but also creates a local iconographic map, placed in a broader context of art history.