Activating the Collection

Collected since 1992, the Ujazdowski Castle Centre for Contemporary Art Collection is continuously createdand consciouslyto enable a comprehensive presentation of features that distinguish Polish art of the recent decades, and at the same time, to emphasize its relation to significant attitudes and tendencies of the world of art. The Collection is predominantly the result of the rich program of the Ujazdowski Castle Centre for Contemporary Art, which has been presenting art in the process of change, and thus is also an interpretation of how attitudes, practices, and artistic strategies are observed in the field of contemporary art.

Until 2011, artworks from the Collection have been presented in the form of permanent exhibitions. We returned to this tradition in 2018, with a temporary presentation Something new, nothing borrowed, a lot of blue. One year later, we celebrated 30 years of our institution with the performative exhibition, Far Too Many Stories to Fit into so Small a Box. It was accompanied by an extensive public programme including performances and workshops led by artists including Jolanta Krukowska, Janusz Bałdyga, Alex Baczyński-Jenkins, Ania Nowak and Ramona Nagabczyńska. In autumn 2020 we plan to make some of the works from the Collection available in the Ujazdowski Castles basement in the form of an “open warehouse, as well as an exhibition of works selected by the public as part of the Collection Co-selection research project.

In addition to exhibitions, workshops and performative events, activities involving the Collection also include films, publications and radio broadcasts.