Grass and Kashubia/i

Place: Günter Grass Gallery in Gdańsk, Szeroka Street 37
Opening: 10th of November, 6:00 P.M.
Exhibion: 10th of November 2017 - 28th of January 2018

Piotr Józefowicz, Jacek Kornacki, Dorota Nieznalska, Anna Orbaczewska, Michał Szlaga, Krzysztof Topolski, Anna Włodarska, Krzysztof Wróblewski, Wojciech Zamiara
Marta Wróblewska
Expertise: Miłosława Borzyszkowska-Szewczyk

Kashubians, Kashubia and Kashubianness are permanent elements of Gdańsk and Pomeranian literary worlds and past settlements in Günter Grass’s works, even if perceived as such not always in full scope. Starting from The Tin Drum (1959), Kashubian motifs – characters, places, landscape, elements of the Kashubian history and everyday culture – appear with various concentration and scenery in his subsequent texts. The Kashubianness belongs to the collection of private motifs – Grass’s mother was a ‘city Kashubian,’ and visits paid to relatives in the Kashubian interior a constant element of growing up and post-war comebacks of the artist to his little homeland. Already in his very first novel, the writer integrated Polish, German, Kashubian and Jewish tales of the past concerning the past of the city upon the Motława River and the region, breaking the duality of national macro narratives.

Have a look at the exhibition of works, inspired by the meeting with literary images of the Kashubia and Kashubians in Grass’s works.

Miłosława Borzyszkowska-Szewczyk