Gender Check's finale in Warsaw

Panel discussions: Friday, 11 June 2010, 12 noon, 6 pm
Last day of the exhibition: Sunday, 13 June 2010

The exhibition Gender Check. Femininity and Masculinity in the Art of Eastern Europe at Zacheta National Gallery of Art in Warsaw will end on Sunday, 13 June 2010. To mark the occasion, panel discussions with curator Bojana Peji? and several of the involved project researchers will take place on Friday, 11 June 2010.

11 June 2010, 12 noon, National Museum Warsaw
Presentation and Discussion: “Exhibiting Gender and Sexuality”

The first session of the discussion will take place at the National Museum in Warsaw within the frame of the exhibition Ars Homo Erotica (opening: 10 June 2010, 6 pm). The director of the National Museum, Piotr Piotrowski, is also the winner of the 2010 Igor Zabel Award for Culture and Theory. As the title suggests, the discussion will focus on questions surrounding the institutional, social and aesthetic issues raised by exhibiting gender and sexuality, especially in the contemporary conditions of “Eastern Europe”. Thus, participants in the panel will include figures from exhibiting institutions (Agnieszka Morawi?ska, Zacheta; Piotr Piotrowski, National Museum) and from institutions that support the organisation of exhibitions (Christiane Erharter, ERSTE Foundation), curators (Bojana Peji?, Gender Check; Pawe? Leszkowicz, Ars Homo Erotica) as well as the invited researchers of Gender Check (Mara Traumane, Laima Kreivyte, Iza Kowalczyk, Ivana Bago, Maria Vassileva) and about 10 of the artists participating in Ars Homo Erotica.

11 June 2010, 6 pm, Zacheta National Gallery of Art
Panel discussion with the participation of researchers: “Gender after the Wall”
Moderator: Bojana Peji?

Gender After the Wall has both a broad and a narrow focus on the gender topic: broad, in that it deals with the wider topic of gender in Eastern Europe, and narrow, in that it relates directly to the Gender Check exhibition and to the experiences of the researchers. Christine Böhler, director of ERSTE Foundation’s Culture programme, will give an introduction prior to the start of the discussion.

Gender Check. Femininity and Masculinity in the Art of Eastern Europe

The exhibition Gender Check is the result of a unique research project in 24 former-Socialist countries. The exhibition – curated by Bojana Peji? with a team of research experts – focuses on gender differences in Eastern European art from the 1960s to the present day. How are men and women depicted in recent visual art? And what role does the gender of producers, mediators and recipients play? These questions were never investigated with regard to Eastern European art, examining how it developed during the Socialist era and the radical changes that ensued after the break-up of the Eastern Bloc. Gender Check is the first comprehensive study on gender issues in the art of Eastern Europe, the most extensive investigation of its kind to date.

Gender studies have been a focal point of ERSTE Foundation’s work since 2007 and Gender Check – the research project and the exhibition tour – represent the Foundation’s largest project to date in this field. Gender Check has been initiated and supported by ERSTE Foundation and was realized in close cooperation with MUMOK – Museum Moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig Wien and Zacheta National Gallery of Art – Warsaw.

The exhibition was presented at:
MUMOK – Vienna, Austria: 13 November 2009 – 14 February 2010
Zacheta National Gallery of Art – Warsaw, Poland: 19 March – 13 June 2010

Photo credit: 
Wojcieh Fangor (Poland), Figures, 1950. 100 x 125 cm. Muzeum Sztuki/Museum of Art in Lodz. Courtesy of Museum of Art in Lodz. © Wojcieh Fangor