Grażyna Kulczyk (born 5 August 1950, Poznań) is a Polish investor, art collector, philanthropist and billionaire.

Grażyna Kulczyk
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Grażyna Kulczyk in 2012
Born(1950-11-05)5 November 1950
Poznań, Poland
NationalityPolish
Alma materAdam Mickiewicz University
Occupationinvestor, art collector
Spouse(s)Jan Kulczyk
ChildrenDominika Kulczyk,
Sebastian Kulczyk

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Education and careerEdit

She graduated in law and administration from the Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań. Upon finishing her studies, she began to work in the Civil Law Institute at her alma mater. After a few years, she resigned and decided to pursue a career in business.

Her areas of interest and art commissions combine a number of themes. She is a champion of contemporary art and supporter of avant-garde choreography while also supporting development of new technology and start-ups working to change the world. She is particularly engaged in supporting entrepreneurship among women as well as the equal presence of women in STEM. As a member of the Russia and Eastern Europe Acquisitions Committee, Ms. Kulczyk supports London's Tate Modern. She joined the board of the Modern Women's Fund Committee of the Museum of Modern Art, New York in 2015, and has been a board member of Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw for almost 10 years. Ms. Kulczyk has been recognised as one of the Top 200 Collectors in the world by ARTnews magazine.[1][2]

Kulczyk is the former wife of Jan Kulczyk with whom she had two children, Dominika (born 1977) and Sebastian (born 1980).[3]

Muzeum SuschEdit

Muzeum Susch, founded by Kulczyk, opened on 2 January 2019 in Susch, Switzerland.[4][5] It predominantly features works by renowned Polish avant-garde and contemporary artists such as Monika Sosnowska, Magdalena Abakanowicz, Piotr Uklański, Mirosław Bałka, Zofia Kulik, Paulina Olowska and Joanna Rajkowska.[6]

Art Stations Foundation / Stary Browar Nowy TaniecEdit

Since 2004 Art Stations Foundation by Grażyna Kulczyk has been providing extensive support to the development of contemporary choreography through its performative programme based in Poznań, recognized internationally under the name Stary Browar Nowy Taniec / Old Brewery New Dance.  Conceived and curated by Joanna Leśnierowska, it provided the Polish and international dance community with a unique meeting point in Central and Eastern Europe - a platform for research, creation and choreographic (self)reflection bringing forward the art of choreography in dialogue with other disciplines, examining its history, theory and future, revisiting and interrogating its own artistic, but also political and social, content and contexts.

Stary Browar Nowy Taniec is located at the Stary Browar complex in Poznan, which Grażyna Kulczyk bought in 1998 and sold in 2015 for a reported €290 million to Deutsche Asset Management.[7][8][9]

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ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Grażyna Kulczyk -". ARTnews. Retrieved 2018-09-17.
  2. ^ "Die zehn wichtigsten Player im Kunst-Business - Handelszeitung". Handelszeitung (in German). Retrieved 2018-09-17.
  3. ^ Poland's richest man, Jan Kulczyk, dies at 65, http://uk.reuters.com/article/2015/07/29/uk-poland-kulczyk-idUKKCN0Q30PR20150729
  4. ^ "Collector Grażyna Kulczyk to Open New Experimental Arts Space in the Swiss Alps". www.artforum.com. Retrieved 2018-09-17.
  5. ^ "Subscribe to read". Financial Times. Retrieved 2018-09-17.
  6. ^ "Muzeum Susch – „klasztor" sztuki nowoczesnej w alpejskiej dolinie". Retrieved 2019-03-09.
  7. ^ "Polish collector Grazyna Kulczyk to launch sprawling contemporary art complex in secluded Swiss valley town". www.theartnewspaper.com. Retrieved 2018-09-17.
  8. ^ Berendt, Joanna (30 November 2015). "Polish Philanthropist, Grazyna Kulczyk, Is Seeking to Open Museum in Warsaw". New York Times. Retrieved 1 December 2015.
  9. ^ Adam, Georgina (7 March 2014). "Grazyna Kulczyk's collection on show at Boadilla del Monte, Madrid". Financial Times. Retrieved 1 December 2015.

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