ZW Foundation was established in 2018 and its main roles are collecting art, looking after a vast range of specimens from various segments of natural history, and providing access to public online library. The core of the collection are the resources contributed by the founder. The foundation will be a place for exchanging scientific ideas and creative thoughts. Works from the collection will be available to see at temporary exhibitions both in the headquarters of the foundation and, in the near future, in the online archive. The works and exhibitions will be used for research, education and for developing awareness and sensitivity.
One of the main goals of the foundation is to protect and conduct research on the artistic heritage of the Polish artist Natalia LL. The extensive archive, consisting of artist's works, manuscripts, prints, objects, or rare and vintage publications will enable a research on a higher, scientific level. Alongside the Archive of Natalia LL the foundation will focus on the protection, research and promotion of its art collection, as well as initiating and supporting all activities for the development and promotion of culture, art and natural heritage.
The Foundation will consist of three libraries: The Library of Art, The Library of Biodiversity and The Library of Special Collection, which is collecting old prints, manuscripts and other important as well as scientifically valuable objects.
Mateusz created the institution with the aim of art collection and establishing a library. He graduated from the History of Art at the Nicolaus Copernicus University in Toruń and is the author of critical and scientific texts. Mateusz is the curator at the Centre of Contemporary Art in Toruń and has produced many exhibitions in Poland and abroad including: retrospective exhibitions of Natalia LL 'Sum ergo sum' (Toruń and Kaunas) as well as other interdisciplinary exhibitions about connections between art and fashion. Kozieradzki is also the curator of performative and paratheatrical actions. His main research focuses on the mutual influence of nature and art (ecological art, shamanism) and postwar European art, especially neo-avantgarde. He lives and works in Toruń.
Renata graduated from the Ethnology and Cultural Anthropology at Nicolaus Copernicus University in Toruń. Since 2006 she has been working in the industry related to culture and art. In 2013 she joined the curatorial team at the Centre of Contemporary Art in Toruń. Renata is also a travel enthusiast, cinema lover, enjoys cooking and yoga.
Dawid is a multi-disciplinary artist working in the mediums of photography, video, collage and performance. He took part in many individual and group exhibitions in Poland and abroad. He studied the Media Art and Visual Education at Faculty of Fine Arts at the Nicolaus Copernicus Univeristy in Toruń. Lewandowski runs workshops and classes with children, students and adults. He is currently a part of the team of Promotion Department at the Centre of Contemporary Art in Toruń. His main research focuses on social media and it's connection with art education. He lives and works in Toruń.
The legal guardian of the Foundation