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Gender Check in Warsaw from 20 March

12. January 2012

The Gender Check exhibitsfor the first time a representative overview of the East European art since the 1960s, which deals with the topic of the gender roles. Twenty years after the fall of the Berlin wall the exhibition curator Bojana Pejić along with a team of researchers from 24 countries has put together a broad selection of over 400 works of art – paintings, sculptures, installations, photographs, posters, motion pictures and videos. More than 200 artists, women and men, communicate an exceptionally diverse picture of until recently unknown chapter of the newest history of art, which provides a fundamental contribution to the gender discourse. On the background of the socio-political conditions, Gender Check follows the change in the female and male role models inside the art. The exhibition shows this interrelationship between art and history both in the chronological and thematic arrangement.

„Gender Check – the research as well as the exhibition tour – is the so far biggest project of a thematic focus concerning the gender research, which the ERSTE Foundation has been developing since 2007″, says Christine Böhler, Culture programme director of the ERSTE Foundation. The ERSTE Foundation with its three programmes – Social Development, Culture and Europe – considers itself as a creative workshop for innovations, as a laboratory for researching the topics of the future. The gender topics play a role in all the programmes and they are being not only interdisciplinary developed, but also discussed in the manifold networks of the foundation.

Exhibition data

Gender Check – Femininity and Masculinity in the Art of Eastern Europe
20 March – 13 June 2010
Opening: 19 March, 7 p.m.
Zacheta National Gallery of Art
No. 3, Pl. Malachowskiego 3, 00-916 Warsaw

The complete list of the participating artists as well as further information can be found at

Gender Check Catalogue

With text contributions of 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, publishing house of the bookshop Walther König, Cologne, English edition, ISBN engl: 978-3-902490-57-5. The Gender Check compilation is available also in German.

The exhibition displays works of art from following countries (in brackets are the researchers):

Albania (Edi Muka), Armenia (Eva Khachatryan), Bosnia and Herzegovina (Dunja Blažević), Bulgaria (Maria Vassileva), Estonia (Katrin Kivimaa), Germany (Angelika Richter), Georgia (Lali Pertenava / Nino Tchogoshvili), Kosovo (Erzen Shkololli), Croatia (Ivana Bago), Latvia (Mara Traumane), Lithuania (Laima Kreivyte), Macedonia (Suzana Milevska), Moldova (Lilia Dragneva), Montenegro (Bojana Pejić), Poland (Izabela Kowalczyk), Romania (Alina Serban), Russia (Keti Chukhrov), Serbia (Branislav Dimitrijević), Slovakia (Zora Rusinová), Slovenia (Urška Jurman), Czech Republic (Martina Pachmanová), Ukraine (Hedwig Saxenhuber), Hungary (Edit András), Belarus (Almira Ousmanova).

Gender Check was realised upon an initiative and with the support of the ERSTE Foundation, in cooperation with the Museum of Modern Art Foundation Ludwig Wien (MUMOK) and the Zacheta National Gallery of Art, Warsaw.


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ERSTE Foundation

ERSTE Foundation is active in the Central and South Eastern European region. Together with its partners, it creates a hive of activity for common good. ERSTE Foundation is the legal successor of the 190-year-old “Erste oesterreichische Spar-Casse”, the first Austrian savings bank. Its two commitments are based on these historical roots: as the major shareholder ERSTE Foundation safeguards the future of Erste Group as an independent company and reinvests its dividend to support the common good. This makes ERSTE Foundation a unique institution of this kind and size in Central and South Eastern Europe. The Foundation is a creative factory for ideas and innovation, a laboratory to explore the topics of the future. Creating strong networks is key to this. It therefore first developed the three strategies of action that became the three programmes of the Foundation: Social Development, Culture and Europe. ERSTE Foundation promotes the process of European integration by providing a platform for exchanging ideas, knowledge and initiatives.