ING Polish Art Foundation
Development of the young Polish art is an investment in the cultural future of the country. This is why, we have been supporting artists for 15 years now.
The ING Polish Art Foundation has been writing its artistic story since 2000. It was established by ING Bank Śląski S.A. Group companies. The Foundation’s objective is to foster the development of contemporary art.
We gather works of young Polish authors which were created after 1990. Today we can be proud of our well-thought-out collection of works of the most valued Polish artists. As at the end of 2014, the Foundation held 157 works. See gallery.
We strive for acquiring top quality works of art while paying fair price. In doing so, we often act against the current trends. Still, we are supported by experts at all times. Since 2004 we have been cooperating with Zachęta – National Art Gallery.
How does the Foundation work?
See the animation movie by Rafał Dominik and Tymek Borowski, developed in cooperation with the Foundation. Collecting works of art is a tradition worth cultivating. We know that artistic works have social value and we want to share them. That is why we display images of works from our collection on the internet using the Creative Commons license.
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We want art to accompany both bank employees and bank clients on a daily basis. Works from Foundation collection – pictures as well as murals created under our auspices – decorate ING Head Office buildings in Warsaw and in Katowice. The works of art were also imprinted on bank payment cards.
In 2014, part of ING collection was presented in Amsterdam in Cobra Museum in Amstyelveen. The exhibition included three video works, two photographs and two pictures from the ING Polish Art Foundation collection.
In 2013, we lent works from our collection to external exhibitions. Our works were presented, among other places: during the International Visual Art Festival in Szczecin (“na-POCZĄTEK” [To START with] exhibition), in Arsenał Gallery in Białystok (“Ludzie i rzeczy” [People and things]), in Starter Gallery in Warsaw (“Łaskotanie podniebienia” [Palate tickling]), in Zachęta – National Art Gallery in Warsaw (“Kilka praktycznych sposobów na przedłużenie sobie życia” [A few practical tips how to prolong life]).
In 2012, we started cooperation with the Art Museum in Łódź as part of the Wspólny projekt [Joint Project] competition for artists aged below 30. Together, we selected the best artistic project and supported its execution. In 2013, Katarzyna Baług was the winner of the first edition of the competition. In 2014, Tomasz Koszewnik and his sound project won the prize. Both works were performed in the public space in Łódź.