“Spaceship Earth,” 2011. Exhibition view at Centre of Contemporary Art “Znaki Czasu” in Torun. Photo: Wojtek Olech
Founded in 2008, the Centre of Contemporary Art “Znaki Czasu” in Torun (CoCA) is one of the newest institutions solely dedicated to contemporary art in Poland. With its intermedia and interdisciplinary formula, a multiformat program, and international cooperation, CoCA presents the most interesting facets of contemporary art and related discourse. Through exhibitions, artist talks, seminars, an artist-in-residence program, publications, and education programs as well as a permanent collection, CoCA has committed itself to supporting contemporary art in Poland.
The center’s building, designed by Edward Lach, is the first venue dedicated to contemporary art in Poland since 1939. The structure was erected by Torun Municipality, thanks to subsidies granted by the European Union (as part of the Integrated Operational Program of Regional Development) and the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage. Architecturally barrier free, the building is accessible to people with disabilities.
In addition to presenting art shows in a 4,000-square-meter exhibition space, CoCA provides a multifaceted educational program, including workshops, meetings with artists, performances, concerts, discussions, etc. The center also hosts a studio, cinema, art bookshop, reading room, and café, as well as its Studio&Kitchen space, a casual place to hang out, which is open to the local community.