Who are the allies of art?
Since the beginning of May, we have been posting videos with the hashtag #sojusznicysztuki on our Facebook page. As part of this series (also present in the magazine), we want to show various people who, in Krakow and abroad, favour contemporary art, which is being created today. That is why our protagonists are both art collectors and gallery owners, art critics and enthusiasts. We want to show that the field of art is created not only by artists, but also by private individuals who, for various reasons, become involved in working with artists. Our art allies are people of all ages – for some art is also a job, others develop their passion beyond their professional lives. The paths of our allies often cross in Krakow: they meet at vernissages and in studios, buy and sell works of art.
For years, Krakow has had luck with true art allies. Such work, focused on activating the local environment and creating favourable working conditions for artists living in the city, was undoubtedly the creation of the Society of Friends of Fine Arts in Krakow. TPSP was founded in 1854 on the initiative of Walery Wielogłowski. The Krakow society was based on formulas that had been tested abroad before, following the example of British, German and French organisations. Its members purchased shares released by the TPSP, and the capital made up from these purchases allowed the Society to pursue its statutory objectives, i.e. to “awaken and propagate love for fine arts in Poland, and to support Polish artists morally and materially”.
The Society of the Friends of Fine Arts implemented its ideas, among others, by organising review exhibitions, where the artists could present their works (both local and those sending their works from abroad). Every year, after the Salon – a review exhibition – the TPSP purchased the most interesting works from artists, which the members then drew lots for. Those who were not lucky in the draw could count on a so-called “bonus”, i.e. a drawing presenting a valuable work of art. All these activities meant that the artists in Krakow had better conditions for development than in other cities, criticism flourished (thanks to annual exhibitions), and audiences were up to date with the art that was being created at that time.
That is why, referring to the traditions present in Krakow, we want not only to show the works and their creators, but also to show our contemporary art allies. Without collectors and gallery owners, curators and critics, artists have no chance to develop. If you would also like to become an ally of art, we invite you to our October exhibition and the crowning art auction!