Günter Grass – Gdańsk Collection on the Road

Günter Grass – Gdańsk Collection on the Road, fifth stop: Cracow
Place: The Nuremberg House in Cracow, Skałeczna Street 2
Openning: 23rd of October
23rd of October - 17th of December 2017

Günter Grass Gallery in Gdańsk is the home of one of the greatest world collections of 141 works of the Nobelist who died in 2015. Grass – born in 1927 in the Free City of Danzig and since 1993 holding honorary citizenship of the City of Gdańsk, all his life would return to his hometown near the Baltic Sea both in his journeys as well as in his literary pieces and works of art. Grass became famous worldwide as a writer due to his Danzig Trilogy. However, not everyone is aware of the fact that the 1999 Winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature obtained thorough academic education in art at universities in Düsseldorf (where he studied i.a. alongside Joseph Beuys) and in Berlin.

Artistic works of Grass are inseparable from his writing. His graphics, drawings and sculptures are in no way simply illustrations of literature. They are rather a kind of a supplement of the content, a visualisation of motifs, metaphors and notions that Grass would describe in detail in his books. The portrayed characters, animals, objects and landscapes are often not what they seem to be at first glance. At the same time, they constitute a certain closed set defining Grass’s microcosm of notions and ideas. These are signs that encrypt the message of the author who was actively and visibly involved in issues of the world, numerous communities and their small motherlands. Allowing his voice to speak and making a picture out of this repertory of symbols, Grass polyphonically discusses both small and universal issues that have an impact on both great nations as well as on single individuals.
The exhibition presents selected graphics and sculptures of the Gdańsk collection of Günter Grass’s works from the Günter Grass Gallery in Gdańsk on the occasion of the Artist’s 90th birthday anniversary.
The exhibition is accompanied by a catalogue of all Author’s works that are included in the collection.  

Curator: Marta Wróblewska

The Günter Grass – Gdańsk Collection on the Road is organised in partnership with:
The Adam Mickiewicz Museum of Literature in Warsaw (January 11th – February 5th, 2017)
The Sleńdzińscy Gallery in Białystok (March 10th – March 31st, 2017)
The Romanticism Museum in Opinogóra (June 30th – July 31st, 2017)
The Pan Tadeusz Museum in Wrocław (August 8th – September 17th, 2017)
The Nuremberg House in Cracow and the Conrad Festival (October 24th – December 17th, 2017)