European ArtEast Foundation, recently founded by the collectors Irmina Nazar and Artur Trawinski, together with Maria Rus Bojan, curatorial advisor and executive director, Jonathan Tybel, will officially launch in London in October 2017. The Foundation is dedicated to supporting visual art from Central and Eastern Europe through international projects – including exhibitions, research and publications – in collaboration with art institutions and organisations.
Aiming to provide a global perspective on Eastern European art and culture, the Foundation encourages the development of projects that expand the discourse around contemporary art from this region. Irmina Nazar and Artur Trawinski were both born in Poland, a country that has gone through dramatic changes over the decades like many of its neighbours. Under communism, Polish artists became isolated from the international art-world through a lack of access to exhibitions, art criticism, education and the market. Despite this, many post-war artists still boldly developed their own vision independently from the standardized canon of Socialist Realism. The Foundation therefore has a particular interest in encouraging the rediscovery of seminal Eastern European artists from the 1950′s and 1960′s and maintaining their legacy. It also embodies the values of patronage as a context and framework to encourage creativity, innovation and cultural production among contemporary artists.
The Foundation’s first project was Effigies of Life, A Tribute to Magdalena Abakanowicz (1930 – 2017). Featuring over 120 works across multiple museums, venues and outdoor public locations in Wroclaw, Poland, in summer 2017, the retrospective exhibition was curated by Maria Rus Bojan and Mariusz Hermansdorfer, the former director of Wroclaw’s National Museum. Following on from the exhibition, through the publication programme of the Foundation, two editorial projects dedicated to Magdalena Abakanowicz are supported: the catalogue of the exhibition in Wroclaw alongside with the artist’s catalogue raisoneé, the lifetime research of Mariusz Hermansdorfer and Polish art historian Jola Gola.
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NOTES TO EDITORS
European ArtEast Foundation will launch in London in October 2017
Founders: Irmina Nazar and Artur Trawinski
Executive Director: Jonathan Tybel
Curatorial Advisor: Maria Rus Bojan
For further information, please see www.europeanarteast.com