A new foundation to promote Eastern European Art will be launched this October, during Frieze week. Two Polish art collectors Irmina Nazar and Artur Trawinski are going to make an important step in promoting the Eastern European art on the European market. They have supported arts for over a decade as collectors and philanthropists. Irmina and Artur oversee all activities of the Art East Foundation and live between Poland and France.
It is about time to reexamine the history of postwar art in Eastern Europe and its role within a greater context of the European art, and even more –viewing it from the global perspective. The mission statement of the foundation explains that it “will support art from Eastern Europe through commissioning and producing exhibitions, residencies and publications. Working in collaboration with institutions and organisations internationally, the Foundation provides a platform to expand discourse from contemporary art from the region, develop new frameworks for today’s artists and encourage the rediscovery of Eastern European post-war artists from the 1950s and 1960s”. The ArtEast Foundation will also provide grants to museums putting on exhibitions of Eastern European art around the world, and will fund production of catalogues and books related to those shows. The Foundation plans to work in collaboration with major art institutions and organisations in Europe and beyond.
The foundation will be based in London, where it will run under the leadership of Jonathan Tybel and Rus Bojan, an independent Romanian-born and Amsterdam-based curator, will be the curatorial adviser to the foundation. Bojan is known for her work with German performance artist Ulay, and especially for curating and producing his first monograph Whispers: Ulay on Ulay, which received the AICA Award for publications in 2015. Currently, she runs MB Art Agency, a platform for curatorial and art advisory projects. Since 2001 she has been a member of the International Association of Art Critics and in 2013, she became a member of Tate’s Russia and Eastern Europe Acquisition Committee (REEAC).
Further exhibition and publication plans of the Foundation will become known following its official launch.