The Zderzak was open in 1985. The aim of the gallery is to promote contemporary art within the country and abroad. Up to date, nearly two hundred shows, lectures and meetings with authors have been held here. In cooperation with institutions in other countries the gallery has organised a number of exhibitions featuring Polish artists (the Ludwig Museum, Budapest, the UB Art Gallery, Buffalo, the Shiseido Gallery, Tokio, Podewil, Berlin, the Dresdner Bank, Cologne, Manifesta I, Rotterdam, Museum fur Junge Kunst, Frankfurt). The gallery has published over 50 titles documenting the latest art history (monographic catalogues of Polish artists, artistic books and author's publications, theoretical papers on art). Also available are silk-screen editions of works by artists associated with the gallery.
Presented in lots of museums and collections today, the painters who began cooperating with the Zderzak back in the 1980s are among the most significant Polish artists of the middle generation: Jarosław Modzelewski, Marek Sobczyk, Piotr Młodożeniec, Anna Maria Bauer. Apart from representatives of the 1990s generation who debuted in the Zderzak (e.g. Piotr Jaros, Grzegorz Sztwiertnia, Aleksander Janicki, Wilhelm Sesnal, Rafał Bujnowski, Marcin Maciejewski), the gallery displays masters of our times as well, such as Stefan Gierowski, Jadwiga Maziarska, Zbigniew Makowski, Jan Młodożeniec or -last but not least - Andrzej Wróblewski, who had a monographic show there in 1993/94, and a book published by the gallery, entitled Unknown Andrzej Wróblewski (Andrzej Wróblewski nieznany).
In the times of the communist regime the Zderzak was an underground showroom to became a full-fledged professional gallery in the 3rd Republic, specialised in promoting and selling new art. In 1990 it received the Ministry of Culture and Art's award for 'promoting the art of the young generation'.
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