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Transfer: PinchukArtCentre presents “The Bank” by Nicolas Grospierre

17 September 2012

18–23 September 2012
Open Tuesday through Sunday from 12:00 until 21:00.
Admission is Free.

The PinchukArtCentre presents “The Bank” by Nicolas Grospierre - the fourth one-week solo exhibition in the context of Transfer. Transfer is an exchange programme to promote and support new generation of Ukrainian artists abroad and to offer a dynamic view on young Polish art in Ukraine. This is a common project of the PinchukArtCentre and the Centre for Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle (Warsaw, Poland).

Nicolas Grospierre’s photography rests on the principles of archiving and documenting with a particular focus on abandoned modernist architecture of post-Soviet countries. Once constructed with a great deal of ambition and affirmation, these buildings are captured by the artist as ghostly monuments of a failed utopia.

At the PinchukArtCentre Grospierre shows his recent installation “The Bank”. The artist will present a series of photographs taken at the abandoned premises of an American bank right after the recession. The series is adjoined by a one-to-one photographic reconstruction of a vault. As a metaphor for avidity and incessant accumulation, “The Bank” discloses fragility and instability of late capitalist strategies – in the flimsiness of the very construction and as an eloquent document of the global recession.   

The exhibition is organised and co-curated by Maria Lanko, participant of the PinchukArtCentre’s Curatorial Platform. The show is open on the 5th floor in the PAC-UA space from 18 until 23 September 2012.   

During the opening, Nicolas Grospierre and Maria Lanko will hold an Artist Talk dedicated to The Bank project. It will take place on September 18, 2012, at 18:00 in the PAC-UA space on the 5th floor of the art centre.     

One day later, on Wednesday, September 19, 2012, at 19:00, there will be a special lecture “Resonating spaces. Polish sound art” by Daniel Muzyczuk, art critic, curator at the Museum of Art in Lodz. The lecture will take place on the 6th floor at the SkyArtCafe’s video-lounge.   

Daniel Muzyczuk will present contemporary practices demonstrating their historical background. The listeners will be introduced to the Polish sound art starting from the 60s through to present day. Muzyczuk have recently opened “Sounding the Body Electric” show, revealing some of the aspects of early sound art. During the lecture, he will connect the findings he made within the show with works of Konrad Smolenski, Anna Zaradny and others.  

The Final discussion in the framework of Transfer will take place on September 26 at 19:00.

The lecture programme is supported by the Polish Institute in Kyiv.

Registration for the lectures is mandatory.
For inquiries and registration, please contact:
Tel.: +38 044 590-08-58
E-mail: [email protected]

Registered participants will be admitted to the art centre without queuing.

Press and photography accreditation for the event: [email protected]


Nicolas Grospierre (1975, Geneva)

Graduated from Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris (1998) and London School of Economics (1999). Winner of Golden Lion at the 11th Venice Architecture Biennale (2008) and Prize of the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Poland (2009). Lives and works in Warsaw.

The last solo exhibition in the framework of Transfer:

  • Michał Budny (25-30 September).


Within the framework of the Transfer project presented at the Centre for Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle the following Ukrainian artists, nominees for the PinchukArtCentre Prize in 2009 and 2011, have presented their two-week individual exhibitions at the CCA this summer: Nikita Kadan, Zhanna Kadyrova, Volodymyr Kuznetsov, Lada Nakonechna and Mykola Rydnyi. Curator of the project is Marianna Dobkowska.   

Earlier five Ukrainian speakers were invited to Warsaw to present Ukraine’s cultural context and offer a critical discourse on Ukrainian contemporary art scene. Kateryna Botanova, Vasyl Cherepanyn, Alevtina Kakhidze, Maria Lanko, and Anna Łazar have visited Warsaw for the accompanying cycle of lectures.


PinchukArtCentre is the largest and most dynamic private contemporary art centre in Central and Eastern Europe. It is dedicated to fostering artistic education, creation and appreciation in Ukraine. The PinchukArtCentre is a leading international centre for contemporary 21st-century art. It provides a sustainable contribution to the cultural participation and emancipation of Ukrainian art and society. And it gives a significant contribution to the cultural dialogue between East and West, and between national identity and international challenge.

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Centre for Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle (CCA) is a National Institute for Culture, which promotes contemporary art, and is one of the most active art institutions in Central and Eastern Europe. 

For over 20 years, that Centre for Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle has provided a place for creativity, presentation and documentation of cutting edge art in all of its variety. The CCA program focuses on exhibiting a range of contemporary art disciplines as they progress through changes and react to current cultural and civilizational phenomena. CCA's attempts to fashion a favourable environment for creation of excellent works that reflect these changes in all creative genres. CCA presents the work of Polish and foreign artists, but also exhibits the most important phenomena in Polish art abroad. It maintains relationships and conducts exchanges with numerous art institutions throughout the world. 

The lecture programme is supported by:

Polish Institute in Kyiv is a centre subordinate to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs whose main task is to promulgate throughout the world Polish culture and knowledge of Polish history and national heritage, and also to promote cooperation in culture, education, science and social life. Polish Institute provides financial and administrative support for joint Polish-Ukrainian projects (interdisciplinary projects in the first place).

The exchange was supported by:

  • KARIATYDA Construction Company


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Viewing hours: Tuesday-Sunday: 12:00 – 21:00
Closed – Monday, Admission is FREE