The tenement building, where the chalcography artist’s hut is located, was built over 500 years ago on the corner of Św. Mikołaja and Odrzańska Streets. At first, it was a part of a bigger housing complex where altarists responsible for organising prayers in the Saint Elizabeth’s Parish Church lived. Only two buildings out of the number of houses surrounding the church remained till today. After the war, Wrocław citizens named them affectionately Hansel and Gretel (Jaś i Małgosia) as they found the two buildings with a gate between very similar to the siblings holding hands, who we know from the brothers Grimm’s story.
The chalcography workshop is located in a bit smaller building – which got its name after the little brother. In 1995 Hansel was leased from the city by Eugeniusz Get-Stankiewicz, a graphic artist and a sculptor, one of the most recognisable artists from Wrocław, a professor at Academy of Fine Arts and a honorary citizen of Wrocław. The building (which, at that time, started to be called a chalcography artist’s hut) was for Get both a workshop and a flat. However, not only that – it was also a gallery of his works: even today you can find an artist’s self-portrait or an installation “Do It Yourself” (a set containing a hammer, nails, a cross and a figurine of Jesus) hanging on the walls. The elevation of the building is decorated with colourful spots – this is how the artist tried to cover the stains left by the partygoers walking around the area. The chalcography artist’s hut became a head office of many ephemeral institutions established by Get – the Museum of Dwarfs or Gładyszew Institute (the nearby coffee shop Literatka is its branch) are still located here.
Today, the chalcography artist’s hut is a gallery where many exhibitions, meetings and debates are held, it’s a participant of an artist-in-residence programme, and also a workshop where classes for students of Academy of Fine Arts of Wrocław and international graphic workshops for young artists from Poland and Eastern Europe are organised. The Hut is a place where you can also see an exhibition of Get-Stankiewicz works – 24 pieces of art of the “Rebuses” series, created using the technique of chalcography, are presented on the first floor of the building. The current curator of the chalcography artist’s hut is Marek Stanielewicz.