Am I a Writer or a Draughtsman?

Graphics by Günter Grass

Place: Kennedy Gallery, Hellenic American Union (Massalias 22, Athens)
Opening: 18th of October 2018, Thursday at 7.00p.m.
Exhibition: 18.10. - 08.11.2018
Curator: Marta Wróblewska

The Hellenic American Union and the Hellenic American College (HAEC) in cooperation with the Gdańsk City Gallery (GGM) present the exhibition Am I a Writer or a Draughtsman? - visual and symbolic microcosm of Günter Grass, organized as part of the Athens Print Fest/Fourth Edition–NOSTOS and under the auspices of the Embassy of Poland in Greece. The exhibition, curated by Marta Wróblewska, is opening on Thursday, October 18, 2018 at 19:00, at the Kennedy Gallery of the Hellenic American Union (Massalias 22, Athens) and will remain open until November 8, 2018. At the opening, Marta Wróblewska, curator of the exhibition and of the Gdańsk City Gallery, will also give a guided tour.

Günter Grass (1927-2015) is widely known as a writer rather than a visual artist, partly due to the Nobel Prize in Literature he was awarded in 1999. Am I a Writer or a Draughtsman?,  he wonders in an article in the German art magazine Art, published in 1980. Grass’s artistic works are inseparable from his writing. However, they are by no means simply illustrations of his literature, but rather a kind of a supplement to the literary content, a development of metaphors and notions which are described in detail in his books. The exhibition showcases, for the first time in Greece, graphics by the artist, selected from the Gdańsk collection. It's curator notes: It  is a perfect opportunity to ponder about the common European heritage, the history of democratic tradition and freedom of speech, as well as the roots of integration and cooperation above the borders and divisions – ideals remaining in close connection to Grass’s life and work.

Born in the Free City of Danzig and an honorary citizen of the City of Gdańsk since 1993, Günter Grass would return to his hometown on the Baltic Sea both literally, as well as in his fiction. Grass became famous worldwide for his Danzig Trilogy. However, it is not common knowledge that the 1999 Winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature studied art at the universities of Düsseldorf and Berlin. Günter Grass Gallery is dedicated to Gdańsk’s intellectual and artistic “patron”, houses more than 140 of his art works and constitutes one of the three branches of Gdańsk City Gallery (GGM), a cultural institution founded in 2009.