Galerie Gmurzynska, New York
Galerie Gmurzynska is an international art gallery with locations in Switzerland in Zurich and Zug, as well as the Galerie Gmurzynska US Inc. in the United States in New York. The gallery specialises in 20th century Modern and Contemporary Classics.
The gallery was founded in 1965 in Cologne, Germany by the Polish born Antonina Gmurzynska. From the beginning, the gallery was interested in organizing exhibitions that had a documentary character both through the choice of themes and through its publications. In its first year, an important exhibition of Japanese art from the 14th to the 19th century was held followed by an exhibition of French masterpieces from Pierre Bonnard up until the mid 20th century. The following year the gallery presented the work of David Burliuk – the first Avant-garde exhibition.
Up until 1971 the gallery’s program focused on Surrealism and international Constructivism and the Avant-garde. Subsequently, classic Modern art with a special focus on Picasso, Kurt Schwitters, Fernand Léger, Lyonel Feininger, and Robert and Sonia Delaunay were incorporated into the gallery’s program.
Today, Galerie Gmurzynska has two locations in Zurich, one on Paradeplatz and one at Talstrasse. On Paradeplatz the gallery features the last interior exhibition architecture of Zaha Hadid, which was conceived for the DADA centennial in June 2016 on the occasion of a major Kurt Schwitters retrospective, reimagining the 21st century Merzbau. The project has been finished with Patrik Schumacher and the team of Zaha Hadid Architects, shortly after unfortunately Hadid passed away unexpectedly.
The second Zurich location was opened on June 10th, 2017 at Talstrasse 37 with a JUDD / MALEVICH duo show that has been curated by Flavin Judd the co-president of the Judd Foundation. The exhibition is accompanied by an extensive publication of over 260 pages and hitherto unpublished documentary material.
Additionally in the same year the Galerie Gmurzynska US Inc. was founded and is located in New York on 39 East 78th Street at the corner of Madison Avenue.
Both Krystyna Gmurzynska and Mathias Rastorfer were awarded the Chevalier des Art et des Lettres by the French Minister of Culture.