BWA Warszawa is a private gallery that also executes non-commercial projects and operates in public space. Apart from exhibitions, BWA Warszawa organises lectures, as well as theatrical and performative happenings. The gallery name, that refers to the socrealist idea of covering the whole country with a net of Bureaus of Artistic Exhibitions (Biura Wystaw Artystycznych), is a deceitful recollection of times when art was a piece of a utopian social plan.
ul. Jakubowska 16/3 Dom Funkcjonalny, 03-902
The Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw engages in modern art research programs, gradually expanding its offer to the audiences. The focus is on visual arts, graphic design, industrial design, and architecture. The major goal of the Museum is to acquire a collection of artworks to be presented in the new building.
ul. Pańska 3, 00-124
The Raster Gallery is among the pioneers and leaders of the Central European contemporary art market, and one of the world's most recognizable galleries from Poland. For over ten years the gallery has maintained a significant presence on the international art scene, cooperating with the most significant institutions and collections, taking part in major art fairs, representing accomplished artists from Poland and abroad. The gallery's exhibition activities span Europe, Asia and the Americas, while striving to support and develop Warsaw's local art scene. Raster also publishes art editions and other publications, along with contributing to local and international education programs.
Wspólna 63, 00-687
Founded by Marta Kolakowska, the LETO Gallery was officially launched in June 2007 in Warsaw, Poland. Since then, the gallery has presented over 45 group and solo exhibitions. Gallery program is international and interdisciplinary. It consist of variety of events, exhibitions, live acts and editions. The gallery represents important Polish artists, both already well established and emerging ones. It plays significant role in Polish art scene, being not only market-oriented, but working also as quasi-institutional art space. It includes complex curatorial care and promotion of unique art practices and creative minds working on the edges of visual arts and music. LETO Gallery effectively showcases the phenomena of contemporary art and multimedia, bringing local activities into the broader, international art scene. In May 2011 LETO has moved to SoHo Factory District (Warsaw-Grochow), new meeting spot for art, design, architecture, theater and music. While establishing its own position on Warsaw art scene, the Gallery also works with its neighbors on multi-disciplinary, collaborative art space.
ul. Dzielna 5
Galeria Foksal was established in 1966 in Warsaw by three art critics, Wieslaw Borowski, Anka Ptaszkowska and Mariusz Tchorek, and a group of artists which included Henryk Staewski, one of the founding members of the Polish Constructivist Group of the 1920s. The founding moment became a focal point of critical reflection and continual re-examination of the reasons why and how the gallery exists.
Foksal 1/4, 00-950
lokal_30 is to serve art, artists and give rise to new projects of all kinds: one-off events, works-in-progress, performances, actions,
socially-engaged initiatives, meetings and debates. As a gallery, lokal_30 concentrates most of its exhibition and promotion efforts on
video works, with a mission to provide the best possible conditions for contact with and reflection on contemporary video art, as well as debates with the artists. lokal_30 is run by Director Agnieszka Rayzacher and collaborates with a great many of artists and curators,
who all make it a venue where innovative and fascinating high quality art is exhibited and created.
ul. Wilcza 29a/12 00-544
Starter Gallery was set up in Poznan (Western Poland), where since May2007 it operated as an artists’- and curators’-run space. For over three years of its activity there, it held over 50 shows with the participation of 72 artists from Poland, the Czech Republic, Germany,
and France. Starter is now based in Warsaw.
Andersa 13 00-159
Galeria Stereo was founded in March 2009. Its establishment was triggered directly by the activity of the Transmisja Foundation,
which since 2007 substantially supported the development of arts in Poznań, holding exhibitions in public institutions in Poland and issuing a series of publications. The Foundation provided an impetus for the development of the Penerstwo group composed of a number of artists, four of whom cooperate now on a permanent basis with Galeria Stereo.
Miedziana 11, 00-835
Wschód together with Wschód Gallery Foundation is an initiative established in autumn 2015, which cooperates with polish and international artists. The main aim of Wschód is to promote artists by organising continuous exhibitions, residencies, research projects and publications.
Contemporary art gallery
Al. Jerozolimskie 117 02-017
The Asymetria Gallery, founded in 2008 in an apartment in a historical tenement in the heart of Warsaw, is the first gallery on the Polish market with an exhibition program devoted to Polish artistic and historical photography. The exhibitions focus on photographic phenomena from the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s, with highlights from other periods from before 1939.
This orientation towards the past is based on extensive research activity conducted in close cooperation with the Archeology of Photography Foundation, an autonomous NGO with a multifaceted program embracing research and promotion of key photographic collections in private possession.
Jakubowska st. 16 03-902
Dawid Radziszewski Gallery was established in 2013. Gallerist Dawid Radziszewski (b. 1984) is an art historian, independent curator, and the former owner-organizer of the Poznań-based independent art space Pies (Dog). Radziszewski and the majority of the represented artists are from the same generation: All born in the mid-1980s. He has worked with these artists long before the foundation of the gallery, often during the foundational studies of the artists. During the recent past, the gallery has expanded its focus to include programs devoted to forgotten aesthetics of the past, namely Polish plastic art of the 1960s and 70s, and select phenomena from the peripheries of contemporary art including television, artistic textiles, and graphic design. This interest has grown to encompass research into the Polish new age movement and Polish hippie scene—not as cool as the United States’ scene yet nevertheless quite exotic. In addition to their work with the gallery, many of the represented artists work in music and have been at some point affiliated with various important sound-based events, including the most important contemporary music festival in central Europe—Warsaw Autumn Festival.
ul. Krochmalna 3
The Ujazdowski Castle Centre for Contemporary Art is a cultural institution in which various fields of art coexist with each other, interact, and transgress their own boundaries. The CCA draws particular attention to the relationship between art and society, as well as interdisciplinarity, interactivity, site-specific productions, various forms of collaboration, networking, and co-production. The CCA would like to transform itself into more of a space for artistic exploration, research, laboratories, workshops, and experiments than remain a traditional exhibition space.
00-467 ul. Jazdów 2
The Kasia Michalski Gallery is a project-based exhibition space, focused on international and Polish contemporary art by emerging and mid-career artists. Distancing itself from artist representation and constantly renewing its program, it runs a commercial white cube gallery that encourages freedom for its artists, while also maintaining a long-term relationship with them. The gallery functions as a meeting point for visitors who wish to learn about an array of contemporary artists working with a variety of media.
16, Poznańska Street 00-680
CZUŁOŚĆ was created in 2010 from an impulse purely tied to friendship, aiming to the niche in the discussion of contemporary photography in Poland. The lack of open discourse within the fossilized hierarchy of local curators and public art institutions inspired them to alternative solutions and gathered strong community of supporters around us. CZUŁOŚĆ promote understanding of photography as contemporary art and they want to popularize its collecting. CZUŁOŚĆ combine art with other activities rather than separate it from the everyday life - since the beginning we’re partnering up also with Polish and international independent music scene.
ul. Brzozowa 27/29
Bęc Zmiana Foundation
The Bęc Zmiana Foundation has been active since 2002 as a not-for-profit organisation that supports artistic and cultural activities aimed at discovering the spaces and ways in which the spirit of the times makes itself manifest. The Foundation acts as an initiator of interdisciplinary events which engage creators in the field of art, architecture, design, music, and carries out the majority of its projects in the public space.
Polana focuses on international networking and a wide range of activities in the field of art. There are two main themes to explore: programming the future of visual arts, and nature as a metaphor for political awareness and artistic resistance. The Polana Institute combines the functions of an art institution, gallery and educational and research faculty. Polana curates exhibitions and off-site projects, organizes collectors meetings (Happy Collectors) and runs Art and Practice postgraduate studies.
al. Jana Pawła 49