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QUEER IN POLISH REALITY

QUEER IN POLISH REALITY

‘It’s impossible for gays to be themselves in Poland’ said in 2007 Robert Biedroń, at that time a president of the organization Campaign Against Homophobia. Has the situation improved over the last ten years, since Biedroń made the statement?

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INTERDISCIPLINARY ART AND CREATIVE JOURNEYS

In conversation with Agnieszka Jankowska-Marzec. The following interview was conducted on the occasion of the artist’s solo show “Dramaturgy of Space” at the Modern and Contemporary Arts Center in Debrecen, Hungary…

THE CAMERA SEES AND RECORDS EVERYTHING: A TOUR OF BUDAPEST

Following many word-of-mouth recommendations, I decided to spend the long May weekend in Budapest. It’s a city of great traditions, which cultivates its art history day in, day out.

THE PROJECT ROOM: SEARCHING FOR NEW PHENOMENA IN ART

“What is most fascinating about Project Room is that it shows “the moment”. It accompanies the audience in witnessing the birth of certain phenomena, which we are still not able to classify…

YOU JUST HAVE TO LOOK CAREFULLY

My encounter with Izabela Chamczyk’s paintings has been one of the most interesting experiences in my short adventure in the Polish art world. I remember well when I first came across a picture painted by her…

CARTE BLANCHE

On the 26th April was the premiere of a new experimental art programme ‘Carte Blanche’ in Warsaw launched by LETO, Contemporary Lynx Magazine and Biała. The idea is to give young promising artists an opportunity to exhibit their works…

SOUND FORMS A VERY SUBTLE, INVISIBLE KIND OF SCULPTURE

Interview with Anna Orlikowska. ‘Sound for me is a tangible presence, a sculpture really. Any space forms a hollow container, a shape for you to mould. Sound aligns with the space it’s played in.’

PORTFOLIO: BARTOSZ CZARNECKI

In his works, he introduces the vibrations of the image by blurring the details. With every next ‘spot’, he says, he moves away from the moment when one can see the real character and approaches the ‘forgotten portrait’.

PHOTOSTORY: SEE ART BRUSSELS 2018 THROUGH LYNX’S LENS

Thank you to all who have visited Contemporary Lynx’s stand in the media zone during the 50th Art Brussels 2018. And huge thanks to the organisers of Art Brussels for their hard work.

MARIA PINIŃSKA-BEREŚ – BREAKING SOCIAL CONVENTIONS

Works by Maria Pinińska-Bereś are among the pioneering ones due to many reasons. Her projects were deeply individual, outside of the mainstream and full of irony. They remained detached from the…

ART BRUSSELS 2018 AND OTHER MUST-SEE SHOWS IN THE CITY

Retaining its youthful profile as a discovery fair, Art Brussels, one of Europe’s most original fairs, celebrates its 50th anniversary. On this occasion, between 19 and 22 April, we can expect…

REVIEW: ANDRZEJ WRÓBLEWSKI AT DAVID ZWIRNER GALLERY IN LONDON

Andrzej Wróblewski at David Zwirner Gallery. The giant of Polish art gets his first solo show in the UK. We may be experiencing a renaissance of post-WW2 Polish art in the United Kingdom…

MEET THE 12 WINNERS OF THE YOUNG LYNXES PORTFOLIO COMPETITION

Let’s meet the 12 winners selected in our first art competition ‘Young Lynxes Portfolio’ organised this winter. Have a look at the winners’ biographies and some images from their portfolios.

THERE IS NO SHAME IN BEING EASTERN EUROPEAN

Vlogger and journalist Roma Piotrowska is visiting Polish artists’ studios in the UK to give us an overview on their practice and lives in the post-Brexit referendum era. In conversation with Katarzyna Perlak.

LET’S FILM EVERYTHING

The art of Józef Robakowski and the Workshop of the Film Form as a catalyst for socio-political change. After years spent in chaos behind the “iron curtain”, only for the past thirty years has Poland flourished in the international art market…

THE NOMAD’S SPACE

The books we’ve selected will transport you into another dimension, with no commitments, obligations and consumerist impulses to accumulate stuff. Why don’t you immerse yourself in the visual richness of nature depicted in…

IN BETWEEN DISCOVERY AND CREATION

Read an interview with Mateusz Kula, a visual artist from Cracow. His unique project ‘Wykopaliska’ (‘Excavations’) won the first prize of this year’s edition of Bank Pekao Project Room competition organised in cooperation with…

PORTFOLIO: JUSTYNA MĘDRALA

Justyna Mędrala (b. 1988), a visual artist focused on drawing, sculpture and installation. She thinks about the origins of the form as about something that comes with the material, because it’s stuck in it. The materials that she use: beeswax…

PHOTO GALLERY: A NETWORKING EVENT FOR CEE ARTISTS AND CURATORS IN LONDON

Thank you for joining us for our first networking event for arts communities at the Bermondsey Project Space in London, co-organised in partnership with Centrala.

PERFORMANCES AND PERFORMATIVE ACTIONS WORTH SEEING – PHOTOSTORY

Akcja Lublin! Chapter 2 is another exhibition from the series presenting performance art, organised by the Galeria Labirynt. The curators Paulina Kempisty and Waldemar Tatarczuk selected…

THINKING IS A PIECE OF CRAFTSMANSHIP; I TEACH PEOPLE TO THINK

In conversation with Mirosław Bałka against the backdrop of the Action Lublin! Chapter 2 exhibition held at the Galeria Labirynt in Lublin. It juxtaposes performance art of his students with…

FIVE EXHIBITIONS AND EVENTS TO VISIT THIS WEEK IN LONDON

Feeling overwhelmed by the number of art events happening all the time in London? See our recommendations on what to see this week. The Zwirner Gallery / l’étrangère / the Bermondsey Project…

JUMP INTO THE FUTURE

A collection, generous donation and a scandal at the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam. Until March 4, 2018 the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam hosts the Jump into the Future exhibition that occupies an entire first-floor…

SIX FEMALE ARTISTS WHO CHANGED THE COURSE OF ART HISTORY

To celebrate the International Women’s Day, we would like to highlight some of our previous articles – all about exceptional female artists – true heroins. Thanks to their stubbornness, incredible talent…

A SUBJECTIVE GUIDE TO CURRENT EXHIBITIONS IN PARIS

One of our contributors decided to spend her last week in Paris. Walking around this beautiful, vibrant city is an utterly enjoyable experience as there is always something fabulous waiting for you…

“WHAT IS LOVE? BABY DON’T HURT ME”

Synergising music, performance and spectacle, DEEP TRASH Romance took place on Saturday 10th February. Conventional heteronormative narratives of love and intimacy were replaced by queer stories.

3 POLISH ARTISTS WHO RECENTLY WON OR WERE SHORTLISTED FOR PRESTIGIOUS PRIZES

These three artists are worth following because of their powerful and already internationally recognised projects that respond to the current political situation…

IMAGING THE UNIMAGINABLE

Magdalena Ziółkowska – director of Gallery of Contemporary Art Bunkier Sztuki in Krakow, in conversation with Contemporary Lynx. “Bunkier Sztuki Gallery of Contemporary Art disassociates itself from a retrospective outlook on art”

PORTFOLIO: KAROLINA BALCER

Karolina Balcer is a painter and video artist, she also creates site-specific installations in public spaces. Her artistic actions centre around the topic of the architecture seen as a tool to organise a social life.

6 ART GALLERIES IN UNUSUAL LOCATIONS

Not all art galleries are white cubes. There are plenty of art spaces, projects and initiatives, which operate in unusual and unexpected locations. From car parks or garages, via train platforms to former churches and former polygraphic plants…

GONE WITH THE WIND

Collective memory, imperfect human being and nature in the works of Angelika Markul. Small, white-transparent, unobtrusive, yet not irrelevant among other 56 international works of art displayed, the installation Gone With the…

WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE VALENTINE’S DAY WORK OF ART?

Love is in the air today. Contemporary Lynx wishes you Happy Valentine’s day. Here are some quirky, fun and unusual artworks on the theme of ‘love’. What’s your favourite Valentine’s Day masterpiece?

6 ART COMPETITIONS WORTH KNOWING

Art competitions are the great opportunities for artists worldwide, offering wide exposure and very often attractive prizes. We selected for you some of the most interesting art competitions around the world.

IN PURSUIT OF THE BLACK SQUARE

Interwiew with Jakub Woynarowski. He is a creator of visual essays, comic books, films and installations. He is also involved in the so-called practice of gonzo curating. His interests include alchemy, masonry and the margins of art history.

PHOTOSTORY FROM LYNX’S EVENT IN LONDON

Thank you to our readers and friends for joining us at the stunning venue Calvert 22 Bookshop on the 31st of January to celebrate our latest Contemporary Lynx Magazine: An evening of live art and music.

A SUBJECTIVE GUIDE TO ART ROTTERDAM WEEK 2018

Art lovers from all around the world are coming to Rotterdam this week. A unique and exciting opportunity to visit a wide variety of art fairs and breathtaking exhibitions awaits there.

ARTISTIC INTERVENTIONS IN THE URBAN LANDSCAPE

Katowice Street Art Festival focuses on artistic interventions in the urban landscape. Its aim is to provide every citizen with the opportunity to experience art day in, day out.

WHAT TO READ THIS WEEK: 29 JAN – 04 FEB

Feeling overwhelmed by the number of content on your news feed?
Look at the ‘What to read this week: ’29 JAN – 04 FEB’ – a weekly list of articles worth reading found online by Contemporary Lynx Team.

MEAT FETISHES, ATTENTION DEFICITS AND COMMUNIST NIGHTMARE NOSTALGIA

– observing the world through the lens of Paulina Otylie-Surys. She is an interdisciplinary artist, who ruffles the boundaries of photography, painting and mixed-media installation…

THE MOST EXTRAORDINARY ART RESIDENCY PROGRAMMES TO APPLY NOW, LOCATED AWAY FROM URBAN CENTRES

Looking for a new challenge in 2018? See the list of art residency programmes in breathtaking locations from around the world. The deadlines are coming soon.

PORTFOLIO: MARTYNA KIELESIŃSKA

She expanded her workshop by using her recordings, film and advertisement clips. She is interested in the structure of the video. She searches for patterns, which can serve as a template during a video montage.

PAINTINGS THAT SMASHED AUCTION IN POLAND

When we think about 2017 it seems that we have a reason for the optimism when we think about sales. And what about Central Europe? Here you can find 3 highest sales in Poland.

CULTURE – NATURE RELATIONSHIP

In her art practice focusing on sculpture, video art, installation and photography, Michalina Bigaj explores the relationship between people and nature regarding the nature vs culture divide dominating in the Western school of thought.

AN ART LOVER’S ESSENTIAL LIBRARY

For the beginning of the new year, we present you three must-have books on the classics of 20th century art. To understand what is happening in contemporary art now, we shouldn’t forget the lessons by classic artists.

6 ARTISTS TO WATCH IN 2018

What will be the upcoming year in the world or art? For many of you, it might still be a puzzle.
Contemporary Lynx already knows which artists you should follow in 2018! Want to know more? Check it out!

ALEXI LUBOMIRSKI PRESENT: YOUNG POLAND

Nine Polish fashion photographers crossed borders to New York for a first-ever Polish fashion photography exhibition in NYC. Curated by Alexi Lubomirski, YOUNG POLAND served as an insight to…

POLISH ART TOMORROW: HISTORY, PRESENT AND FUTURE

Polish Art Tomorrow is a project based on a virtual platform. It aims to promote Polish art in a local and global context. The platform is a growing database of more than two hundred artists…

LAST MINUTE CHRISTMAS SHOPPING?

Stuck with your gift ideas? Feel inspired by our gift recommendations to surprise your loved ones this Christmas. We selected some special and unique products by visual artist and designers, some of which you can find in our Lynx Concept Store.

WHY IS MIAMI THE BEST PLACE FOR ART LOVERS IN DECEMBER?

Beginning of December, all the key players in the art world are in Miami. That’s because Art Basel Miami Beach and more than ten other satellite art fairs are taking place at the same time…

‘QUEERING’ IS THE ALCHEMY OF TURNING A WHITE CUBE INTO A DISCO BALL’

The new queer modes of inquiry – camp, kitsch, and tongue-in-cheek aesthetics generate new possibilities and meanings, which make it a fascinating form of art to engage with.

OUR SUBJECTIVE GUIDE TO ART FAIRS AND EXHIBITIONS IN MIAMI BEACH

The 16th edition of Art Basel in Miami Beach is coming! Alongside the shows staged in Basel, Switzerland and Hong Kong, it is one the most important annual art fairs offering a comprehensive look…

MAGDALENA ABAKANOWICZ: THE FABRIC OF ART

The exhibition ‘Metamorphism’ at the Central Museum of Textiles in Łódź is a presentation of Magdalena Abakanowicz’s work with a focus on the artist’s fascination with textiles.

D-FILE #8: THE TROUBLE WITH THE FONT IS…?

„Contrast is the source of form” – Władysław Strzemiński once said. I say: “Contrast creates the sense”. Sounds like a perfect conversation starter if we ever had a chance to grab a cup of coffee. In reality, I have a better shot of having a coffee with…

ALINA SZAPOCZNIKOW: HUMAN LANDSCAPES REVIEW – EXPERIENCE TRANSLATED THROUGH BODY

At the entrance to the gallery lies a leg, the limb of the artist Alina Szapocznikow (1926–1973), cast in plaster. This modest and early in her career sculpture…

ART AND FILM LOVERS UNITE

We have not seen such a slew of successive films about art – and contemporary art to boot – in a very long time. This autumn, distribution companies are busy catering to cinema and art aficionados and presenting to them the premiers of…

BETWEEN FACTUAL AND FICTITIOUS ASPECTS OF LENS-BASED PRACTICE

A Conversation with Darek Fortas – a lens-based artist with a strong interest in politics, aesthetics and distribution of power. His practice can be characterised as bridging documentary-style fieldwork…

PORTFOLIO: PAWEŁ SŁOTA

Paweł Slota – he has been inspired by the urban landscape and by the space, in which he lives and constantly sees. He believes, that in an urban landscape, we can observe many occurrences that fascinate and inspire him.

LITTLE REVIEW: INTERVIEW WITH BARBARA PIWOWARSKA (CURATOR)

Interview with curator of the Polish Pavilion at 57th International Art Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia 2017. Alex Urso: Your relation with Sharon Lockhart dates back to years ago…

THE AMERICAN DREAM IN VENICE

Last year’s selection of Sharon Lockhart’s art project for the Polish Pavilion at the 57th Venice Biennale caused quite a stir in the art world. An American artist was to represent Poland at this sort of international art exhibition.

ONE FOR ART AND ONE FOR DESIGN. ANNUAL COMPETITION FOR THE MOST TALENTED GRADUATES

This year’s edition of the Maria Dokowicz Competition is organised for the 37th time by the University of the Arts Poznan. This exciting and sought-after event is…

HIGHLIGHTS FROM ARTISSIMA FAIR AND MORE

Artissima is Italy’s most important contemporary art fair. Since its establishment in 1994, it has combined the presence of an international market with a focus on experimentation and research.

A BORDER IS A PLACE WHERE WARS BEGIN

September was when we had the opportunity to visit the “Attention! Border” exhibition, a ‘duplicated’ event simultaneously organised in the two biggest cities of eastern Poland – Lublin and Białystok.

FRIEZE IS READY FOR THIS: IMPRESSIONS OF ‘SEX WORK: FEMINIST ART & RADICAL POLITICS’

The Frieze art fair features almost two hundred contemporary art galleries every year. It raises important questions, confronts the obstacles that arise…

OUR SUBJECTIVE GUIDE TO ART FAIRS AND EXHIBITIONS IN TURIN

This week all eyes of the art world are in Turin – a city in northern Italy where Artissima art fair is back for the 23rd time. Read our subjective guide to what’s worth seeing.

A COMPLEX MACHINE – INTERVIEW WITH ILARIA BONACOSSA

Artissima is kicking off on 3 November in Turin. This is a great opportunity to talk to Ilaria (director of Artissima art fair) who shares with us her thoughts on this year’s edition, her challenges and goals…

KEEPING DESIGN ROMANCE ALIVE – INTERVIEW WITH MICHAŁ PIERNIKOWSKI – ART DIRECTOR OF LODZ DESIGN FESTIVAL

Autumn chill, industrial vibe and three floors of design from around the world. These are three of identification marks of Lodz Design Festival in Poland.

FOUR PHOTOBOOKS ON DIFFERENT TYPES OF JOURNEYS

We recommend four recent photobooks which take us on very different journeys; from Soviet spas to provincial America, from quintessential US landscapes to small town Polish discos.

NOTION OF NOVELTY: PHOTO STORY FROM ŁÓDŹ DESIGN FESTIVAL

This year’s eleventh edition of Łódź Design Festival entitled OD.NOWA (A.NEW) took place from 3 to 8 October. The event, advertised as the most important event in Central and Eastern Europe…

PORTFOLIO: RAFAŁ DOMINIK

Rafał Dominik – ainter, sculptor and draughtsman. As a lover of pop culture, he perceives art as a very important part of social life. In his works, he focuses on making art which is available for a wide audience and easy to understand.

LYNX TEAM LOVES PAPER. LONG LIFE, PAPER! 4 – ART FAIR

Lynx Team loves paper. We cannot resist searching, browsing, and reading new magazines. We could spend hours in bookstores looking at new titles. So, it was evident that we had to take part in…

HIGHLIGHTS FROM FRIEZE MASTERS

The sister fair of Frieze features more than 130 leading modern and historical galleries from around the world, which showcases art from the ancient era and Old Masters to the late 20th century. See the highlights of this year’s edition in pictures.

MUSIC AND THE DISCOMFORT ZONE

Ania Prokop speaks to Krzysztof Pietraszewski, the curator of Cracow’s Sacrum Profanum festival, about sound evolutions, changes in the concept and form of the festival, and this year’s theme of “discomfort zone”…

LONDON DESIGN FAIR: POLISH DESIGNERS IN THE CREATIVE HEART OF LONDON

This year’s London Design Fair took place at the Old Truman Brewery on 21 – 24September 2017. As usually, Contemporary Lynx was on a hunt for the contemporary Polish design…

POLISH ART DURING THE FRIEZE WEEK IN LONDON. FRIEZE WEEK’S HIGHLIGHTS.

Frieze is an exceptional celebration of art that provides an opportunity to encounter some of the most significant artists in the world. Taking place between 5-8 October the fair comprises of Frieze London…

D-FILE #7: WOJCIECH ZAMECZNIK: IN ONE HUNDRED YEARS WE WILL LAUGH ABOUT IT. OR NOT?

With the Digital Cultures Conference taking place in Warsaw between 25th and 27th of September, there was one particular thought circulating through…

MAGAZINES WE CAN’T RESIST

Lynx Team loves all sorts of magazines. When it comes to papers and words, we cannot resist on browsing, reading and searching for new magazines. We could spend hours in bookstores looking at new titles. See some of them which inspire us.

PORTFOLIO: KAMIL PIECZYKOLAN

Kamil Pieczykolan (b. 1988) studied at The Academy of Art and Design in Wrocław. He used to try to draw forms, which could never exist in our dimension. A way of thinking similar to making up worlds constructed of nothing we…

HOW TO START YOUR FIRST INDIE MAGAZINE?

Check out the list of resources which help us keep up-to-date on the world of creative work and see where to look for inspiration if your dream is to start your first indie publication.

SEE YOU IN MY DREAMS. INTERVIEW WITH YUI AKIYAMA

We are talking to Yui Akiyama, a distinguished finalist of the Best Art Academy diploma work contest, an artist born in Osaka. Akiyama passed her master’s diploma examination this year…

PHOTO COLLECTIVES THAT BROUGHT ARTISTS TOGETHER

What springs to mind when you hear the term “avant-garde photography”? The most obvious answer would be the visual experiments of the Dadaists, Man Ray’s in particular, and the surrealist…

TREND-SPOTTING! SELECTED STORIES ON DESIGN

Let’s talk design this week, because September is a month of Design Festivals in Brussels, London and Paris. So, what are the most innovative projects from design studios?

KARINA MARUSIŃSKA. GOOD VISIBILITY

Karina Marusińska is an interdisciplinary artist whose activities combine visual arts and ceramics. Here she talks to Lynx about her project “Good Visibility”, which she prepared while participating in a residence programme in Birmingham.

D-FILE #6: RAJMUND HAŁAS

A ray of enthusiasm (on the positive hype surrounding Hałas). The history of Polish post-war design has a certain amount of drama attached to it. Whether we like it or not being a creative in Soviet Poland meant facing obstacles of not only ideological…

PORTFOLIO: KUBA MOZOLEWSKI

Kuba Mozolewski – mainly interested in creative and documentary photography, abstract painting and installation. He creates works that do not directly relate to reality but are in a dialogue with masters of abstract painting.

SIX YOUNG POLISH ARTISTS FROM BERLIN WORTH KNOWING

Within last few years Polish artists built up a strong position in Berlin, and each year they gain more and more interest on a local as well as international scene. So who is a young Polish Berliner among the…

NOW IT’S A TIME OF QUESTIONING…

There were sound works, installations, interventions in public space, screenings, exhibitions, presentations and discussions. All this and more could be seen during the 7th edition of CONTEXTS International Festival of Ephemeral Art (Sokołowsko).

ART & SCIENCE: PLACE FOR ART

While in the 1990 and early aughts the internet was treated as a virtual space, separate from real world, nowadays it pervades the existence in every way. Artists no longer treat is a new medium but as a mass medium.

ART IS NOT AN ACCIDENTAL OCCUPATION

The Hestia Artistic Journey is a competition for art students. Contestants compete for a month-long trip and art residency in the world’s top modern art centres – New York and Valencia. The prestige of…

THE SURVIVAL ART REVIEW

The SURVIVAL Art Review – one of the largest reviews of art in public space in Poland – was held in Wrocław for the 15th time. Few weeks ago we have a pleasure to speak with the exhibition’s curator, Anna Stec.

RETOUCH: ART SCENE IN POZNAN

The Cultural and Creative Cities Monitor published by the European Commission and dealing with issues such as cultural infrastructure, social development, economic growth or employment opportunities, has ranked Poznań…

D-FILE #5: WIKTORIA NOWAK – ŁAD

The ŁAD (Order) Cooperative is a Polish counterpart of the Arts&Craft movement created in 1926 by the professors of the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw. The name also doubled as a manifesto – the creators’ intention was to create…

COLLECTIVELY, INDIVIDUALLY, INTERNATIONALLY…

Agnieszka Jankowska-Marzec talks to Michalina Bigaj, Adrian Kolerski, Michał Sroka and Bartłomiej Węgrzyn about creating “Forms of Everydayness” – a Polish-Hungarian contemporary art…

PORTFOLIO: PAWEŁ BAŚNIK

Paweł Baśnik – graduated from the Department of Painting at the Academy of Fine Arts in Wroclaw. He focuses on the motif of vanitas, less so in the depicted topic and the visual side of the work, but more in the texture of…

RYSZARD WINIARSKI: INFINITE CREATIVE POSSIBILITIES

The exhibition of Ryszard Winiarski’s paintings the Collateral Event of the Venice Biennale at the Palazzo Bollani, takes center stage overpowering the Polish pavilion when it comes to the scale…

ART & SCIENCE: ART MANIFESTOS

One cannot discuss avant garde art without mentioning art manifestos; and indeed the beginning of the 20th century was marked with the publishing of art statements to such an extent that it seemed indispensable to present…

FOTOFESTIVAL: ŁÓDŹ 2017

David Lynch once said, ‘I just like going into strange worlds’, which might be a suitable comment after seeing this year Fotofestival in Łódź. With the subheading ‘Can you imagine?’, the sixteenth edition invited us to experience photo stories…

APRÈS UN RÊVE – ON ART BASEL 2017

Some of the greatest transactions and most lucrative deals in years were supposedly made during the latest edition of Art Basel, the networking event that provides its visitors with the opportunity to view extraordinary works of art…

 

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