Mare Articum

MARE ARTICUM is a cultural co-operation project in the Baltic Sea region. It is co-ordinated by the Mare Articum Foundation in collaboration with the National Museum in Szczecin (Poland) and representatives from important art institutions around the Baltic Sea. The strategic aim of MARE ARTICUM is to promote contemporary visual art and artists.

  • What is the project about?

    MARE ARTICUM strengthens the framework for regional co-operation via ongoing projects as well as to add new components that involve new projects and partners. MARE ARTICUM achieves this by the means of projects such as The Baltic Contemporary Art Biennial, exhibitions and seminars as well as the MARE ARTICUM Magazine (1997 to 2003).

    Dark Side of the Moon 2013 © Mare Articum

    The Baltic Contemporary Art Biennial, produced in conjunction with the National Museum in Szczecin, is an ongoing project that has taken place in Szczecin (Poland), Visby (Sweden) and Riga (Latvia). Over 200 artists, performers and musicians have taken part in these events. A course of seminars by art critics and curators probably resulting in publications accompanies each biennial.

    Since 1997, MARE ARTICUM has curated, co-ordinated and produced exhibitions and seminars devoted to Baltic contemporary art events in Stockholm (Sweden), Gdańsk (Poland), St. Petersburg (Russia), Bornholm (Denmark), Riga (Latvia) and Frankfurt am Main (Germany). MARE ARTICUM also strives to extend its reach beyond the Baltic Sea Region via co-operative exhibitions and publications.

  • Who is the target group?

    MARE ARTICUM is a project for anyone interested in contemporary visual art.

  • Retrospect on past MARE ARTICUM projects

    The Mare Articum Magazine was a semi-annual bilingual (Polish/English) magazine devoted to themes in contemporary art. The 13 volumes published between 1997 and 2003 have dealt with an array of themes, including: Beauty, Nomadism, Gender, Globalisation, Art and Politics, New Art of St. Petersburg. The magazine served as one of the basic tools for developing the MARE ARTICUM program. Focused on contemporary art in the Baltic countries, the magazine covered the most innovative arts in all fields – ranging from painting over photography and video to text-based art. The magazine created a critical forum for the discussion of the Baltic art scene and brought together a distinguished group of critics, writers and curators from the region as editors and contributors.

    Themed Dark Side of the Moon the 9th Baltic Contemporary Art Biennal completed a triptych of exhibitions which have explored the ways in which identity is created, captured and conveyed in visual art and through a widening gaze. Twelve artists participated in the project from 11th October 2012 until 13th January 2013.

    The artworks presented within The Marx Collection curated by Eugen Blume documented the history of contemporary art from 1970s until nowadays. The exhibition was the first presentation in Poland of this one of the most value private contemporary art collections. Because of the outstanding range of artists and value of the art pieces – in 2012 the Marx Collection was permanently deposited in Nationalgalerie im Hamburger Bahnhof – Museum für Gegenwart.

    Confrontations and Provications is a snapshot of contemporary art scene in Estonia, featuring works from collection of the Kumu Art Museum as well as brand new productions. It aimed at analyzing the contemporary art scene in relation to its evolution during the last decade and was on display in Szczecin until 2011.

    Creative Geography – Mental Landscapes was a program of exhibitions, presentations, lectures and workshops aimed at revealing the mechanisms of identity formation through a critical examination of the artistic output and intellectual attitudes that rise from them. It took place during one month in 2010 and was curated by M.Lewoc and M.Chybowska-Butler.

    The next project by Mare Articum will be the 10th Baltic Contemporary Art Biennal with a focus on cultural, philosophical, economic and ecological aspects of the sea. It will take place in December 2015.


"ARS BALTICA is not a bureaucratic construction for political posturing, but a concept that stands for unconventional and committed collaboration in real cooperative projects." (Rainer Haarmann, former ARS BALTICA Coordinator, 1997)


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Key Facts

  • start of the project in 1995
  • accredited with the ARS BALTICA logo since 1999
  • located at Szcecin (Poland)


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"Dark side of the Moon" Exhibition © Mare Articum