Collector Grażyna Kulczyk to Open New Experimental Arts Space in the Swiss Alps

Grażyna Kulczyk, one of Poland’s most prominent collectors and arts patrons, is launching a new contemporary arts museum that will be dedicated to showcasing underrepresented artists. Housed on the site of a former twelfth-century monastery and nineteenth-century brewery in Susch, a remote town in the Swiss Alps, the institution is being described as a “laboratory” and experimental platform for artists.

Called Muzeum Susch, the complex will feature 16,000 square feet of gallery space, where the venue will present a series of permanent and site-specific installations, as well as a regular program of rotating exhibitions. It will also boast of a research institute, Instituto Susch—a collaboration with Basel’s Institut Kunst and Acziun Susch—specializing in gender issues in art and science and a residency program, Temporars Susch, for which artists, curators, choreographers, writers, and researchers will be invited to engage with the cultural campus and the surrounding region for an extended period of time.

Commenting on the project, Kulczyk told Lauren Cavalli of that her drive to create new platforms for creative professionals was shaped by her experience as a female entrepreneur. “I want to move marginalized and overlooked persons, ideas and movements center stage—not only in economy but also in art and science.”

Kulczyk added: “I had been planning a museum project for some time when, three years ago, I spotted this group of buildings in Engadine which looked different from the others. I realized that maybe such a remote, rural location might be perfect for the disruptive approach for the future I had in mind.”

Slated to open on January 2, 2019, the museum will be inaugurated with an exhibition, featuring thirty internationals artists. Conceived by Kasia Redzisz, senior curator of Tate Liverpool, the show will be devoted to “the notion of the feminine” and will mirror the museum’s goals by questioning conventions of representation and challenging the art historical canon.

The project is also an extension of the art and performance space Stary Browar, or Old Brewery, an abandoned factory Kulczyk bought in Poznan, Poland, in 1998. She sold the space in November 2015 for $326 million. However, its proramming continues. Old Brewery New Dance, the program funded and ran by Kulczyk’s Art Stations Foundation, remains in the building.