4G is above all Günter Grass – the intellectual and artistic patron of Gdansk. The gallery keeps a collection of more than 140 works by the Nobel prize winner, which are displayed in a variety of compositions during temporary exhibitions. The gallery does not limit itself to the presentation of Grass’s works but tries to make the figure of Grass a starting point for an analysis of social and cultural phenomena, in particular ones at the junction of visual arts and literature, making it unique on the Polish scale. 4G is curated by Maria Sasin.
Gdańsk City Gallery (GGM) is a self-governmental cultural institution founded in 2009. The GGM comprises four branches: GGM1 in Piwna St., GGM2 in Powroźnicza St., Günter Grass Gallery in Gdańsk – 4G, situated on the corner of Szeroka St. and Grobla I St. and Günter Grass & Daniel Chodowiecki House in Sieroca 8. Located in the proximity of each other, in central Główne Miasto, the four spaces function as city salons, where progressive, often experimental contemporary art combines with a reflection on broadly understood culture and society. The name, Gdańsk City Gallery, reveals the perspectives of our activity. Firstly it locates our operations at the level of the city, and therefore the GGM is dedicated particularly to artists, activists, theorists, scholars, youth, students, elderly people, or, to put it in more general terms – to the users of the city of Gdańsk. The scope of our activity is not strictly limited to the local context; a broad range of contacts established in Poland and abroad allow the GGM to enter into creative dialogue with the latest intellectual trends in art and the humanities. The current interests of our team focus on the crossroads of literature and visual arts, the latest hitherto unwritten art history of Gdańsk within the last 30-40 years, as well as promotion and support of debuting artists from the city, among other fields of activity. The GGM strives to actively respond to changes that occur in the social and artistic tissue of the creative circles in Poland and abroad.