The Ujazdowski Castle Centre for Contemporary Art is one of Poland’s most prestigious art centres with a various program including exhibitions, performances, film screenings, and residencies. It is situated in a baroque castle surrounded by a park in the centre of Warsaw.
Poland’s first centre for contemporary art, it is a place in which various fields of art coexist with each other, interact, and transgress their own boundaries, in order to create new qualities and phenomena. It draws particular attention to the relationship between art and society, as well as interdisciplinarity, interactivity, site-specific productions, various forms of collaboration, networking, and co-production. It is a space for artistic exploration, research, workshops, and experiments more than a traditional exhibition space.
Its history commences in the year 1981, when the then communist authorities decided to rebuild the Ujazdowski Castle for the purposes of contemporary art. Although the program activity started in 1988, the dynamic development began only with the political transformation, when, in 1990, Wojciech Krukowski was appointed director. The most significant element in the program of the new institution was the intermedia program aimed at capturing the transformation of visual arts in connection with other fields of creativity: theatre, music, film, and literature. It was the first institution in Poland which was so sharply focused on contemporary art.
Today, nearly 1,500 events per year are held at the Ujazdowski Castle. Each year, it receives more than 100,000 visitors attracted by a rich program of exhibitions of both emerging and established artists, performances, arthouse cinema and educational workshops for every age group. Young artists and curators develop new projects here during their residencies. It is a vibrant place of creation and presentation of art.