About the Gallery
The Jacek E. Giedrojć Gallery was established at the Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies in 2013 with the support of Jacek E. Giedrojć, founding partner and chairman of Warsaw Equity Group. It features art, photography and other work that enhances perceptions and understanding of European culture, society and history.
The exhibition featured photographs of the former Yugoslavia in 1955 taken by Martin Karplus, Theodore William Richards Professor of Chemistry Emeritus at Harvard University and 2013 Nobel Laureate.
In 1950, the U.S.-based Economic Cooperation Administration (ECA) which administered the European Recovery Program (ERP), announced an art competition in Marshall Plan countries, offering prizes for the best posters that aesthetically represented “Intra-European Cooperation for a Better Standard of Living.” This exhibit features the final 25 posters selected by a jury of prominent graphic artists from among 10,000 entries.
On the occasion of the fiftieth anniversary of the May 1968 movement, “Occupying Paris” featured a selection of period posters and photographs to reconsider an extraordinary month of civil disobedience, evaluate the impact it made then, and assess the legacy it bequeathed for practitioners of dissent to this day.
Almost three decades after the successful transition to democracy, Polish society was torn apart by growing political polarization and conflicts. In recent years, millions of Poles took to the streets to express opposing views about the country's politics, history and future. In this exhibit, five Warsaw-based photographers of the NAPO Images agency documented the deep chasm and clashes of political visions pitting Poland's traditional values and a nationalistic identity against modern liberal ideas and a European identity.
The description of the city of Łódź, Poland as "The Promised Land" is borrowed from the title of a novel by Władysław Reymont, a Polish novelist and the recipient of the 1924 Nobel Prize in Literature. The show exhibited three snapshots of the history of Łódź.
Commemorating the 25th anniversary of German reunification, the Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies (CES) hosted the photography of renown German photographer Barbara Klemm who documented momentous events in East and West Germany since the 1970s.
Italian landscapes are inseparable from European art history and its aesthetic self-awareness. This exhibit reflected on these timeless landscapes.
The exhibition included the selection of 25 unique posters from 1957 to 2013. The selection represented the highest aesthetic quality of the work of multiple generations of Polish poster artists and their embeddedness in the European culture and political imagery.