Friends of the Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw
Our association was created by our founding members in 2008, shortly after the Museum’s first building at Pańska 3 was opened. As our bylaws state, we are an association supporting the Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw. We have the status of an OPP, a public benefit organisation.
Over the last 10 years of our functioning, the Friends have supported numerous purchases of artworks for the Museum’s collection and have helped financially, supplementing the Museum’s funds allocated by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage. Our first purchase, one that we are particularly proud of, is Andrzej Wróblewski’s drawing “Muzeum” (eng. “Museum”). We have also helped finance the purchases of artworks by Zbigniew Libera, Goshka Macuga, Mirosław Bałka, Lynette Yiadom-Boakye, and over the last several years have bought works by Lukas Müller and Mikołaj Sobczak. Working with FOAF Warsaw we have created the Friends Art Fund, through which we acquired works by Sean Mullins, David Flaugher and Shana Moulton.
We fulfil our statutory goal of making contemporary art popular through creating and publicising artist editions, which are created in partnership with artists affiliated with the Museum. The profits raised from the editions go towards financing the day-to-day operations of the Friends.
Anyone who wants to support the Museum can join the Friends. We work towards creating a group of philanthropists, collectors, professionals and specialists around the Museum, whose new building is being created on Plac Defilad, in the heart of Warsaw. We are helped by numerous natural and legal persons – people from various industries, freelancers as well as those working in the arts, who take on the role of Benefactors, are on the Friends’ Board of Members or participate in specific events and projects.
We facilitate an exchange of experiences and knowledge between collectors of contemporary art, advisers and others participating in the arts market. We are present at the biggest events and festivals organised by galleries in Warsaw: WGW and FOAF. For those wanting to discover the arts in Warsaw we organise visits in private galleries as well as in, artists’ ateliers and private collections usually closed for the public.
Our activities would not be possible without the engagement of the youth – volunteers who help us with the organisation of events and the day-to-day running of the Friends. Working with us allows them to both cultivate their love for the arts and discover the inner workings of a cultural institution.
On 30 May 2019 the Friends have elected a new Board of Members.
Information about the membership tiers and benefits is to be found in the BECOME A FRIEND tab.