Gender Check in Warsaw!

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20 March – 13 June 2010
Zacheta National Gallery of Art, Warsaw

After the very successful show at Vienna’s Museum of Modern Art (MUMOK), the exhibition Gender Check. Femininity and Masculinity in the Art of Eastern Europe has travelled to the Polish capital Warsaw, where it has been re-opened at Zacheta National Gallery of Art on 19 March 2010. The exhibition is complemented by an extensive education programme including lectures, meetings and public discussions. A number of films and documentaries give insight into how the question of gender was treated in the cinema of the Socialist bloc. Full information is available here.

Gender Check is the first comprehensive study on gender issues in the art of Eastern Europe, the profoundest investigation of its kind to date. The exhibition Gender Check, which was curated by Bojana Pejić, 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; never has the development of Eastern European art during the Socialist era, nor the radical changes that ensued after the break-up of the Eastern bloc been examined.

Gender studies have been a focal point of ERSTE Foundation’s work since 2007. Gender Check—the research project and the exhibition tour—represents the Foundation’s largest project to date in this field. Full information on Gender Check—the research project and the exhibition tour—is available at

Gender Check catalogue
Texts by Edit András, Keti Chukhrov, Branislav Dimitrijević, Katrin Kivimaa, Izabela Kowalczyk, Suzana Milevska, Martina Pachmanová, Bojana Pejić, Piotr Piotrowski, Zora Rusinová, Hedwig Saxenhuber and Georg Schöllhammer. Published by Verlag der Buchhandlung Walther König, Köln, 2009, English.
The Gender Check text compilation is also available in German.

Gender Check. Femininity and Masculinity in the Art of Eastern Europe
Zacheta National Gallery of Art
20 March – 13 June 2010
Opening: 19 March 2010, 7 pm
Pl. Malachowskiego 3, 00-916 Warsaw, Poland

Initiated by ERSTE Foundation
In cooperation with MUMOK – Museum Moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig Wien

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