For Encouragement to Museum
The catalogue accompanies the exhibition titled: „For Encouragement to Museum. The Collection of the Lodz Association of Encouragement of Fine Arts”.
The Lodz Association of Encouragement of Fine Arts (for short „Zachęta”, or „Encouragement”) was established in September 2004. The idea of putting together a collection was initiated as part of the National Cultural Programme „Znaki Czasu”, financed from a grant of the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage, and by private sponsors. The Procurement Commission included art critics and historians: Dorota Jarecka, Dorota Monkiewicz, Maria Morzuch, Grzegorz Musiał, Paweł Sosnowski, and in 2007 – Jarosław Suchan. In 2008, the Association signed a collaboration agreement with the Museum of Art in Lodz, and moved its seat to the Museum’s premises.
In December 2013, the Lodz Association of Encouragement of Fine Arts handed over works collected between 2004-2013 to the Museum of Art. „Zachęta’s” collection includes works of outstanding artists from all over Poland, with a particular emphasis on Lodz’s artistic community. It boasts nearly 70 items now. The works in the collection represent progressive art, often referring to present-day problems, and using different media. Some tackle the subject of the avant-garde heritage – for example video art and footage from art performances: Cezary Bodzianowski’s „Unik” (The Dodge), Grupa Azorro’s „Wszystko już było” (Nothing is new), Igora Krenz’s „Rzeczy” (Things) or „Awangarda bzy maluje” (Avant-garde Paints Lilacs) by Przemysław Kwiek. Many of the works pertain to the situation of the individual in the system of mechanics of power and cultural constructs, including: Grupa Sędzia Główny, Elżbieta Jabłońska, Katarzyna Kozyra, Zofia Kulik, Natalia Lach-Lachowicz, Zbigniew Libera, Joanna Rajkowska, Jadwiga Sawicka, Alicja Żebrowska. The collection also houses works containing references to Lodz’s art tradition and directly to the Museum’s collections, e.g. „Śniadanie w muzeum” (A Breakfast in the Museum) of Łódź Kaliska, „Światło ze wschodu” (Eastern Light) of Artur Chrzanowski. Also present are works of Lodz’s representatives of video art: Agnieszka Chojnacka, Konrad Kuzyszyn, Anna Orlikowska, Wiktor Polak. Artworks also include works of many other personalities visible on the Polish scene, such as: Krzysztof Bednarski, Bogna Burska, Tomasz Ciecierski, Stanisław Drożdż, Grupa Twożywo, Wojciech Leder, Robert Maciejuk, Magdalena Moskwa, Jacek Niegoda, Robert Kuśmirowski, Dominik Lejman, Karol Radziszewski, Leszek Paul, Józef Robakowski, Jan Simon, Paweł Susid, Grzegorz Sztwiertnia, Ryszard Waśko, Ewa Zarzycka and Alicja Żebrowska.
Publisher: Łódzkie Towarzystwo Zachęty Sztuk Pięknych, Muzeum Sztuki w Łodzi and Authors
Concept, academic editor: Anna Saciuk-Gąsowska
Collaboration: Grzegorz Musiał
Graphic design: Jakub Stępień
Publishing coordinators: Monika Wesołowska
Published in: Lodz, 2013
Dimensions: 19 x 24 x 1,5 cm
Number of pages: 159
Illustrations: ca.132 (in colour)
Languages: Polish and English
Publication accompanying the exhibition: „For Encouragement to Museum. The Collection of the Lodz Association of Encouragement of Fine Arts” which took place at Muzeum Sztuki in Łódź (13.12.2013-02.03.2014).