Gdansk City Gallery
Gdańsk City Gallery (GGM) is a self-governmental cultural institution founded in 2009. The GGM comprises three branches: GGM1 in Piwna St., GGM2 in Powroźnicza St., and Günter Grass Gallery in Gdańsk – 4G, situated on the corner of Szeroka St. and Grobla I St. Located in the proximity of each other, in central Główne Miasto, the three spaces function as city salons, where progressive, often experimental contemporary art combines with 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.
The activity of the GGM embraces many cyclical events:
Narrations – several days of an artistic event organised each autumn alongside The City Culture Institute, each time in a different district of Gdańsk. Narrations feature numerous Polish and international artists, whose works, often commissioned specifically for the festival venues, attract several thousand visitors! The author of the idea of the festival is Iwona Bigos - former director of the GGM. Coordinator: Patrycja Ryłko.
Gdańsk Biennial of Art – an artistic review in the form of an open competition for artists with a connection to the city. The jury of the biennial competition gathers outstanding curators, art critics and directors of leading institutional exhibition centres. Curator Grażyna Tomaszewska - Sobko.
Present Performance – a special event devoted to performance art, held once a year in unobvious locations in the city of Gdańsk. The programme features Polish and international artists active in this ephemeral field of art. Curator Maria Sasin.
Grass-mania – a yearly event devoted to the artistic legacy of Günter Grass, both in the field of literature and visual arts. Every year, Grass-mania adopts a different form, such as a special Internet game, a film review, a city game, specialised workshops or exhibitions of artworks inspired by the activity of the Noble Prize winner. The festival is not confined to the walls of the 4G but aims to propagate knowledge concerning the broad scope of creative activities pursued by Günter Grass. It was initiated by Iwona Bigos and first editions were created with Maria Sasin. Curator Marta Wróblewska.
Admission to most events at the GGM is free of charge.
Gdańsk City Gallery is closed on:
1st January (New Year’s Day), 6th January (Epiphany), 26th March (Easter Saturday), 27th March (Easter), 28st March (Easter Monday), 1st May (May Day), 3rd May (Constitution Day), 26th May (Corpus Christi), 1st November (All Saints' Day), 24th, 25th and 26th December (Christmas Days), 31 December (New Year's Eve), 1st January 2017 (New Year).
Advisory committee of the Gallery:
Anna Czekanowicz, Katarzyna Kucz - Chmielecka, Marek Bumblis, Iwona Bigos, Anna Reinert PhD, Wojciech Bonisławski, Hubert Bilewicz PhD, Magdalena Ziółkowska PhD, Wojciech Kozłowski