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Investor, entrepreneur, and Poland’s richest woman, Grazyna Kulczyk started collecting art while she was still a law student. Among her earliest purchases were posters, created outside of the purview of the then ruling Communist government, and 19th-century Polish art. With the fall of Communism, Kulczyk shifted her focus in both business and collecting: she ventured into automobiles, telecommunications, and energy, and started supporting contemporary Polish art. She followed this dedication by purchasing the Stary Browar, an abandoned brewery in her hometown of Poznan in the western part of Poland, She converted the space into a center for commerce and art in 2003; today, it includes numerous retail stores and art galleries. Her collection, which originally focused exclusively on Polish artists, now includes a host of international figures, among them Donald Judd, Gabriel Orozco, Jenny Holzer, Joan Mitchell, Stanislaw Drózdz, Alina Szapocznikow, Teresa Tyszkiewicz, and Andrzej Wróblewski.

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Grazyna Kulczyk

Location:
Poznan, Poland

Source of wealth:
Entrepreneur (Stary Browar Commerce, Art and Business Centre); Investments

Collecting area:
Postwar and contemporary Polish and international art

Top 200 appearance:
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Fun fact:

When she was running automobile dealerships, Kulczyk would display art in the showrooms. “I even offered works along with the cars sometimes, and then sent the artists the money,” she told the Financial Times in 2014.