Anniversary of the 90th birthday of Günter Grass

The year 2017 faces the anniversary of the 90th birthday of Günter Grass. The winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature, the author of Gdańsk Trilogy, the Honorary Citizen of Gdańsk, Doctor Honoris Causa of the University of Gdańsk, and last but not least, the patron of one of the three branches of Gdańsk City Gallery, inspired us and our acquainted institutions to organize a series of events dedicated to with his life, art and literature.

Series of talks inspired by life and work of Günter Grass

Our audience and special guests, among whom are experts and researchers on the themes connected with Günter Grass, are welcome to discuss matters inspired by the heritage left after the great Nobelist. Each meeting refers to current exhibitions in Günter Grass Gallery in Gdańsk, as well as actual subjects which intrigue and occupy the world and public opinion.

Dates: 12.03, 14.05, 08.10, 26.11
Partners: Deutsches Kulturforum östliches Europa in Berlin, Collegium Civitas in Warszaw
Venue: Gdańska Galeria Güntera Grassa
Coordinator: Marta Wróblewska


Günter Grass – the Gdańsk collection on the road
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)

Outdoor exhibition - Günter Grass – looking from Gdańsk
Dates 1: May-June 2017
Venue 1: Świętopełk Park, Gdańsk

Dates 2: July – August 2017
Venue 2: Backyard of the Daniel Chodowiecki and Günter Grass House, Sieroca Str., Gdańsk

Script and idea: dr Miłosława Borzyszkowska-Szewczyk, Marta Wróblewska
Graphic design: Ania Witkowska
Exhibition design: Stowarzyszenie Inicjatywa Miasto
Institutions: Günter Grass Gallery in Gdańsk, Daniel Chodowiecki and Günter Grass House, Research Lab for Memory Narratives of Borderlands
Cooperation: Günter Grass Association in Gdańsk and Kashubian Institute

The outdoor exhibition will present the silhouette and the oeuvre of the Gdańsk-born Nobel Prize winner - Günter Grass, as well as his post-war contacts with the city. The public space opposite the Günter Grass Gallery will become the place of presentation of Grass’s art works from the Gdańsk collection, intertwined with his literary production.

Günter Grass, Beloved children…
Date: 24.3-22.6.2017
Venue: Artistic Education Lab by Günter Grass Gallery in Gdańsk
Curator: Marta Wróblewska
Cooperation: Grażyna Tomaszewska-Sobko

The exhibition of prints and drawings by Günter Grass is presented according to a special iconographic key which shall inspire the participants of the creative workshops organized in the Artistic Education Lab by Günter Grass Gallery in Gdańsk.

Don’t fence me in
Date: 23.6-29.10.2017
Organiser: Günter Grass Gallery in Gdańsk
Cooperation: GünterGrass Haus in Lübeck, Medienarchiv Bremen
Venue: Gdańsk City Gallery – Günter Grass Gallery in Gdańsk, Szeroka Str. 34-37
Curator: Viktoria Krason
Coordinator: Marta Wróblewska

The lyrics of Roy Rogers’s song Don't fence me in were introducing the post-war era which for many young Germans was after 1945 very unclear. The traces of the past were still strongly visible in the society, yet they all believed that they were able to create a brand new world of freedom. At that time Günter Grass would Begin his studies at the Academy of Fine Arts in Düsseldorf. He would experiment with various artistic forms of expression, writing poetry and travelling to Italy and France  apart from sculpting and drawing. Later on he would refer to those times as a moment when words and signs were born out of the same ink. Till recently, our knowledge about this period of Grass’s artistic activities was very limited. Only after in 2013 when 150 pieces hidden under the staircase in his Düsseldorf apartment were discovered and secured. Among them drawings, water colours, sculptures, as well as unpublished poems and fragments of novels like The Tin Drum. The words dated between 1948-52 together with the materials from Medienarchiv in Bremen, City Museum in Düsseldorf and the Academy of Fine Arts in Düsseldorf presented at the exhibition in Gdańsk, will recall the spirit of the Grass’s generation torn between the feeling of guilt for the war and the feeling of fear connected with the survival.

Günter Grass and the Kashubia(ns)
Dates: 10.11-30.12.2017
Organizer: Günter Grass Gallery in Gdańsk
Cooperation: Kashubian Institute, Günter Grass Association in Gdańsk
Curator: Marta Wróblewska
Consultations: dr Miłosława Borzyszkowska

The exhibition is inspired by one of the most prominent citizens of Gdańsk and the Kashubia of the XX century, a man who integrated various communities of the old and new Gdańsk. Not only did Günter Grass introduce Gdańsk and the Kashubians into the world literature, but he also familiarized the citizens of the post-war Gdańsk with the city’s multi-cultural past. He would emphazise the diversity of the elements constructing the heritage of Gdańsk, Pomerania region, Eastern and Western-Prussia, as a result of the multi-cultural character of the region. Recalling the local tradition Grass breaks through the politically and historically conditioned oblivion of those for whom Gdańsk and Pomerania became home after 1945. All this will inspire us and the contemporary artists to create a group exhibition, where we will explore widely understood Kashubian phenomenon.

Exhibition of publications of Günter Grass and the referential literature from the collection of the Library of the University of Gdańsk at the University Campus in Oliw

Dates: October – December
Venue: University of Gdański (Wita Stwosza 55, 51)
Organizer: Research Lab for Memory Narratives of Borderlands, University of Gdańsk
Cooperation: The Humanistics Library of the University of Gdańsk, the Library of the Faculty of Languages UG, Günter Grass Association in Gdańsk
Curator: Miłosława Borzyszkowska-Szewczyk
Cooperation: Janusz Mosakowski, Halina Pawłowska and Małgorzata Śleszyńska

GRASSOMANIA 9 – Sieroca Re-visited vol. 2
Dates: 2-3.9.2017
Venue: Daniel Chodowiecki and Günter Grass House, Sieroca 6-8, Gdańsk
Curator: Marta Wróblewska
Coordination: Katarzyna Kucz-Chmielecka
Organizers: Günter Grass Gallery in Gdańsk, Daniel Chodowiecki and Günter Grass House

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. Each edition of the festival aims at presenting numerous actions and events that help to strengthen the memory of Günter Grass in many ways and explore his heritage on many levels.
That’s why we are interested in presenting the projects that are interdisciplinary, metaphoric, socially and politically engaged, multi-cultural. Additionally, bearing in mind the specific venue for the festival – the former Orphanage which is soon to become Daniel Chodowiecki and Günter Grass House, the exhibited projects will aim at (re)defining the identity of the place, the citizens of Gdańsk, Poland, Europe, the artists and the members of the society.

The exhibition will be accompanied by: performances, workshops, presentations, culinary happenings, concert.
The exhibited projects will be selected through an open call:,0,0,1711,nabor_projektow_do_festiwalu_Grassomania_9,0,0,index.php

Birthday of Günter Grass and Daniel Chodowiecki
Dates: 15-16.10.2017
Venues: Günter Grass Gallery in Gdańsk, Daniel Chodowiecki and Günter Grass House, St. John’s Church
Cordination: Marta Wróblewska, Katarzyna Kucz-Chmielecka
Cooperation: Günter Grass Gallery in Gdańsk, Daniel Chodowiecki and Günter Grass House, Günter Grass Association in Gdańsk

G: RASS – join us for an interactive walk. G: RASS (Gdańsk: real and simulated spaces) – is an interactive art project based on a specially designed mobile application using the Android platform. Thanks to it the viewer, using his/her tablet or smartphone, is transferred into a virtual world – an augmented reality. This approach involves and transforms the surrounding city space in order to view it from a different perspective. 

Dates: 15, 16.10.2017

Günter „Baby” Sommer - concert

Günter „Baby” Sommer – is an acknowledged jazz percussionist, a good friend of Günter Grass. They used to play concerts together, combining literary and musical experience.  The latest project of „Baby” Sommer is based on Grass’s "Grimms Wörter” and performer jointly with Nora Gomringer.
Dates: 15.10.2017
Venue: St. John’s Church

Sieroca – multimedia happening
Multimedia projections of the walls and inside the former Orphanage by Sieroca street will be based on animated drawings and graphics of two outstanding citizens of Gdańsk – Daniel Chodowiecki and Günter Grass. The impressing show will be promoting the oeuvre of the two artists in the venue soon to become a new culture institution in Gdańsk - Daniel Chodowiecki and Günter Grass House.
The projections will enliven the old and abandoned buildings in Sieroca, anticipating the future activities connected with the new cultural and creative centre.
Projection design: dr Robert Turło and the Animations and Visualizations Lab
Curator: Marta Wróblewska
Cooperation: Katarzyna Kucz-Chmielecka
Dates: 15, 16.10.2017

Memory book dedicated to Günter Grass Günter Grass – Odpominania
Edition: Miłosława Borzyszkowska-Szewczyk, translation: Marek Szalsza and Agata Teperek, graphic design: Anita Wasik

In connection with the anniversary of Günter Grass’s 90th birthday, a bilingual publication in Polish and German will be published. It will comprise the recollections and reflections concerning the reception of the art and activities of Günter Grass. In the course of micro-stories about meeting with the artist and his oeuvre various authors will present memories of their own Grass.

Institutions: the Kashubian Institute and Günter Grass Association in GdańskCoperation: Günter Grass Gallery in Gdańsk, Baltic Culture Centre, Research Lab for Memory Narratives of Borderlands
Cordination: Miłosława Borzyszkowska-Szewczyk

Günter Grass Gdańsk Encyclopaedia

This year the Günter Grass Gdańsk Encyclopaedia will be published thanks to the common effort of the Günter Grass Association in Gdańsk and Oficyna Gdańska publishing house.