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Our Mission

NOMUS is Poland’s youngest museum of modern art, operating as a branch of the National Museum in Gdańsk, Department of Modern Art. We have created a visitor-friendly space in a former school workshop building on the historic premises of Gdańsk Shipyard. We want to talk with our visitors about the contemporary world through the medium of art, and bring art itself closer to the viewer, make it understandable and accessible to all.

Besides exhibition rooms, the NOMUS building includes a space called Friends from the Seaside. It is our place for you to meet and do community work, with a café, a sensory play corner for kids and a book shop. The ground floor features film screenings, live events, discussions and concerts. Our reading room has books on modern art for you to study, while the education room offers classes and workshops. Our ambition is to do research, write the history of art from a local perspective and place it within the network of the global phenomena that determine contemporary human situation.

Read more >>>  NOMUS Manifesto

 

NOMUS Team

 

Aneta Szyłak

Modern art curator, author, theoretician and institution creator; today the head of NOMUS. In  2015–2021 she worked as the representative for the creation of NOMUS at the National Museum in Gdańsk and as the president and artistic director of the Alternativa Foundation. Before that, she was the founder and head of the Wyspa Institute of Art (2004-2014), Alternativa Festival (2009-2016) and the Łaźnia Centre for Contemporary Art (1998-2001). Exhibition curator in Poland and abroad, including Rhizopolis by Joanna Rajkowska (Warsaw, Zacheta, 2021), Hiwa K: Wysoce nieprawdopodobne, choć nie niemożliwe (Warsaw, Zachęta, 2019),  Niech poprzedza cię płomień (Białystok, Arsenał, 2020), Powolność (2018), Uniezwyklenie (2017), Uszczerbki i straty (2016),  What’s plain invites pattern (public space, Sicily, 2015), Wernakularność (2015), Codzienność (2014), Hito Steyerl: Abstrakt (2014), Oliver Ressler: Wizje polityczne – Świat od nowa (2014), The Field is to the Sky, Only Backwards (New York, ISCP Gallery, 2013), Materialność (2012), Buildings and Remnants (2012), Praca i Wypoczynek (2011), Estrangement (2010, 2011), Strażnicy Doków (2005), Palimpsest Muzeum (2004), BHP (2004), Architectures of Gender (SculptureCenter, New York, 2003). Her interests include the issues of the theory of curating work and the role of art outside the area of art. She is the co-author of “The Curatorial. A Philosophy of Curating” (2013). Lectured at Bard College, New School, Queens College and NYU; worked as guest professor at the Academy of Fine Arts in Mainz and the University of Copenhagen. She is now in the process of writing her doctoral dissertation on Curating Context. The Palimpsest on the Quotidian and the Curatorial under Curatorial/Knowledge at Goldsmiths University of London and the University of Copenhagen. A member of professional associations such as CIMAM, IKT and AICA.

Aleksandra Grzonkowska

Art historian, curator, researcher and president of the Chmura Visual Culture Foundation, responsible for its artistic, research and curatorial programme; today a doctoral student at the Art History Institute at the University of Gdańsk. She was a curator and coordinator of many solo projects and group exhibitions by Polish and international artists (Show me your hands, Marta Romankiv & Łukasz Surowiec, Nuremberg 2020; more than the sum of its parts, Florian Tuercke, Cracow 2019). In 2004–2014 she worked with the Wyspa Progress Foundation / Wyspa Institute of Art, Artloop Festival in Sopot (2013–2014) and the Emigration Museum in Gdynia. Edited the catalogues: “Nakład własny”(2020) and “Augustus F. Sherman. Atlas imigranta” (2017) and the “Filmy” solo catalogue by Bogna Burska, co-editor of the Alternativa Editions publishing series. Recipient of the City of Gdańsk Cultural Fellowship (2021), Individual Ministry of Culture Grant under the Culture on the Web programme (2020), Cultural Fellowship of the Marshal of the Pomorskie Voivodship (2013) and a City of Gdańsk fellowship

Mariola Balińska

Graduate of master studies in art history at the University of Gdańsk’s Faculty of Philology and History (2003) and master studies in biology at the University of Gdańsk’s Faculty of Biology, Geography and Oceanology (2000). In 2004 she completed an internship at the Ujazdowski Castle Centre for Contemporary At in Warsaw, Publications Department and Auditorium (in collaboration with Obieg magazine) and an internship at the Kentler Gallery in New York in 2005. Works as a custodian at the National Museum in Gdańsk since 2009. Curator of over 20 solo and group exhibitions, including at the Artists’ Colony at Galeria Mm, Gdańsk City Gallery, Armoury of Art in Gdańsk, Polish Library in Paris, BWA Art Gallery in Olsztyn. She published her first texts in 2002 for the Cracow-based Megalopolis magazine (including Nowy Jork – świat w pigułce, ale gdzie jest underground?//New York, the world in a nutshell, but where is the underground?).

Researcher on women’s art. With support from the American Embassy she produced the exhibition W 2018 r. Jacqueline Livingston. W cieniu feminizmu. Na obrzeżach sztuki amerykańskiej lat 60. i 70. XX wieku. Today she works with the Chmura Foundation and researches Gdańsk art of the 1990s. In 2017 she received the Marshal of the Pomorskie Voivodship’s Special Award for merit in creative arts and the spread and protection of culture for the people of the Pomorskie Voivodship. The same year the exhibition Fête Funèbre, which she co-authored, received the Pomeranian Art Award. In 2019 the exhibition Jacqueline Livingston. W cieniu feminizmu... was nominated for the Pomeranian Storms distinction as one of the most important cultural events of 2018. Since 2018 she has been working with the Academy of Fine Arts in Gdańsk, where she lectures on contemporary art.

Our Mission

NOMUS is Poland’s youngest museum of modern art, operating as a branch of the National Museum in Gdańsk, Department of Modern Art. We have created a visitor-friendly space in a former school workshop building on the historic premises of Gdańsk Shipyard. We want to talk with our visitors about the contemporary world through the medium of art, and bring art itself closer to the viewer, make it understandable and accessible to all.

Besides exhibition rooms, the NOMUS building includes a space called Friends from the Seaside. It is our place for you to meet and do community work, with a café, a sensory play corner for kids and a book shop. The ground floor features film screenings, live events, discussions and concerts. Our reading room has books on modern art for you to study, while the education room offers classes and workshops. Our ambition is to do research, write the history of art from a local perspective and place it within the network of the global phenomena that determine contemporary human situation.

Read more >>>  NOMUS Manifesto

 

NOMUS Team

 

Aneta Szyłak

Modern art curator, author, theoretician and institution creator; today the head of NOMUS. In  2015–2021 she worked as the representative for the creation of NOMUS at the National Museum in Gdańsk and as the president and artistic director of the Alternativa Foundation. Before that, she was the founder and head of the Wyspa Institute of Art (2004-2014), Alternativa Festival (2009-2016) and the Łaźnia Centre for Contemporary Art (1998-2001). Exhibition curator in Poland and abroad, including Rhizopolis by Joanna Rajkowska (Warsaw, Zacheta, 2021), Hiwa K: Wysoce nieprawdopodobne, choć nie niemożliwe (Warsaw, Zachęta, 2019),  Niech poprzedza cię płomień (Białystok, Arsenał, 2020), Powolność (2018), Uniezwyklenie (2017), Uszczerbki i straty (2016),  What’s plain invites pattern (public space, Sicily, 2015), Wernakularność (2015), Codzienność (2014), Hito Steyerl: Abstrakt (2014), Oliver Ressler: Wizje polityczne – Świat od nowa (2014), The Field is to the Sky, Only Backwards (New York, ISCP Gallery, 2013), Materialność (2012), Buildings and Remnants (2012), Praca i Wypoczynek (2011), Estrangement (2010, 2011), Strażnicy Doków (2005), Palimpsest Muzeum (2004), BHP (2004), Architectures of Gender (SculptureCenter, New York, 2003). Her interests include the issues of the theory of curating work and the role of art outside the area of art. She is the co-author of “The Curatorial. A Philosophy of Curating” (2013). Lectured at Bard College, New School, Queens College and NYU; worked as guest professor at the Academy of Fine Arts in Mainz and the University of Copenhagen. She is now in the process of writing her doctoral dissertation on Curating Context. The Palimpsest on the Quotidian and the Curatorial under Curatorial/Knowledge at Goldsmiths University of London and the University of Copenhagen. A member of professional associations such as CIMAM, IKT and AICA.

Aleksandra Grzonkowska

Art historian, curator, researcher and president of the Chmura Visual Culture Foundation, responsible for its artistic, research and curatorial programme; today a doctoral student at the Art History Institute at the University of Gdańsk. She was a curator and coordinator of many solo projects and group exhibitions by Polish and international artists (Show me your hands, Marta Romankiv & Łukasz Surowiec, Nuremberg 2020; more than the sum of its parts, Florian Tuercke, Cracow 2019). In 2004–2014 she worked with the Wyspa Progress Foundation / Wyspa Institute of Art, Artloop Festival in Sopot (2013–2014) and the Emigration Museum in Gdynia. Edited the catalogues: “Nakład własny”(2020) and “Augustus F. Sherman. Atlas imigranta” (2017) and the “Filmy” solo catalogue by Bogna Burska, co-editor of the Alternativa Editions publishing series. Recipient of the City of Gdańsk Cultural Fellowship (2021), Individual Ministry of Culture Grant under the Culture on the Web programme (2020), Cultural Fellowship of the Marshal of the Pomorskie Voivodship (2013) and a City of Gdańsk fellowship

Mariola Balińska

Graduate of master studies in art history at the University of Gdańsk’s Faculty of Philology and History (2003) and master studies in biology at the University of Gdańsk’s Faculty of Biology, Geography and Oceanology (2000). In 2004 she completed an internship at the Ujazdowski Castle Centre for Contemporary At in Warsaw, Publications Department and Auditorium (in collaboration with Obieg magazine) and an internship at the Kentler Gallery in New York in 2005. Works as a custodian at the National Museum in Gdańsk since 2009. Curator of over 20 solo and group exhibitions, including at the Artists’ Colony at Galeria Mm, Gdańsk City Gallery, Armoury of Art in Gdańsk, Polish Library in Paris, BWA Art Gallery in Olsztyn. She published her first texts in 2002 for the Cracow-based Megalopolis magazine (including Nowy Jork – świat w pigułce, ale gdzie jest underground?//New York, the world in a nutshell, but where is the underground?).

Researcher on women’s art. With support from the American Embassy she produced the exhibition W 2018 r. Jacqueline Livingston. W cieniu feminizmu. Na obrzeżach sztuki amerykańskiej lat 60. i 70. XX wieku. Today she works with the Chmura Foundation and researches Gdańsk art of the 1990s. In 2017 she received the Marshal of the Pomorskie Voivodship’s Special Award for merit in creative arts and the spread and protection of culture for the people of the Pomorskie Voivodship. The same year the exhibition Fête Funèbre, which she co-authored, received the Pomeranian Art Award. In 2019 the exhibition Jacqueline Livingston. W cieniu feminizmu... was nominated for the Pomeranian Storms distinction as one of the most important cultural events of 2018. Since 2018 she has been working with the Academy of Fine Arts in Gdańsk, where she lectures on contemporary art.

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