The Foto-Medium-Art Gallery opened in Wroclaw in October 1977. It has been managed by Jerzy Olek, the inspirational force behind one of the most prominent and dynamic art movements. Since 2007 Foto-Medium-Art has been located in Krakow city centre. The gallery represents emerging and established contemporary artists.
From its inception the gallery has continually focused on exhibitions of the Polish and international avant-garde, although its interests have always ranged beyond the traditional understanding of an exhibiting institution, into innovative relationships with film, video, new technologies, architecture, music and contemporary cultural theories.
In the last thirty years the gallery has organized over 350 exhibitions, seminars and performances. Among the many Foto-Medium-Art events there have been quite a few foreign expositions such as the presentation of 1920s and 1930s photography (Man Ray, El Lisicki, L. Moholy-Nagy, Bauhaus), exhibitions (H. Fulton, R. Long, H. Darboven, U. Rosenbach), and a presentation of the Czech and Slovak avant-garde (J. Moucha, R. Sikora, P. Štembera). Apart from group exhibitions, we have regularly staged individual presentations i.e. those of E. Hartwig, S. Wojnecki, W. Duniko-Dunikowski, M. Snow, J. Kosuth, R. Sachsse, Ch. Boltanski. For ten years (1989-1999) the gallery organised biennial West-East exhibitions. Amongst its other major events was New Spaces of Photography, involving 131 artists from 24 countries (Christo, Ch. Boltanski, A. Messager, J. Fontcuberta, G. Rousse, F. Varini, A. Soltau, T. Ulrichs, H. Tas, S. Saito, B. Webb, J. Hilliard). In 1996 the gallery changed premises and became engaged in the organization of exhibitions in various locations around the world. Since 1977 the gallery has also been gathering documentation on the artistic activities of contemporary artists and has been involved in publishing.