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ARCHIVES 2014


FIVE FEMALE PHOTOGRAPHERS TO KEEP AN EYE ON

Polish photography has fast been gaining momentum for the past few years. There is a sense of freshness and innovation about their ideas and the way they perceive their surrounding.

CONTEMPORARY LYNX’S TOP 10 OF 2014

The end of the year is a time for the summaries, making plans and expectations for the coming year. For us it was incredibly intensive year. The fact, that our audience is growing every month gives us tremendous joy and justifies our work.

BRAZILIANS WERE SURPRISED TO HEAR HOW DESIGN-CONSCIOUS WE ARE IN POLAND

The National Museum in Brasilia was hosting an exhibition featuring Polish designers. We had the pleasure of talking to Monika Brauntsch – co-founder of The Spirit of Poland.

KAROLINA BREGUŁA INTERVIEWED BY TEODORA DINU

Teodora Dinu: Looking at your portfolio of works, I am impressed with the versatility of your modes of expression – photography photography, installations, happenings, videos.

LAURA PAWELA. FAKE FILMS

Fake Films and a Few Frames More, the exhibition of video works not seen previously in the UK by Laura Pawela, took place at IMT gallery in London. Laura Pawela is represented by IMT and this was her third show at the gallery.

ONCE WE STOP WE TAKE A SELFIE, INSTEAD OF HAVING A LOOK AROUND

recto/verso in conversation with Wojciech Puś on his show in Bunkier Sztuki in Cracow and his #selfie. Wojciech Puś works with light and film. Represented by the LETO Gallery in Warsaw.

FRIEZE ART FAIR – ART COLLECTORS CAN FEEL AS IF THEY HAVE ENTERED A LAVISH MUSEUM BOASTING AN ARRAY OF ART COLLECTIONS

Art fairs are strictly commercial events. Galleries from across the world showcase work by prominent artists.

POLISH ARTISTS AT VIENNAFAIR 2014

Early autumn marks the beginning of yet another exciting period abundant in exhibitions, fairs, and auctions. Spectacular exhibition openings at public institutions can often be anticipated in October. This is a time when art galleries schedule…

DISOBEDIENT OBJECTS – THE USAGE MAKES CONTEXT

A crockery, blanket, saucepan lid, gorilla mask – everyday life objects can be promoted to a rank of symbol or icon. They become mighty props on the scene of social or economic revolt.

POLISH ART IN BERLIN. REPORT FROM BERLIN ART WEEK

The 3rd edition of Berlin Art Week (BAW) surprised with its scale and ambition. For the first time, the event’s programme included art fairs and exhibitions art fairs and exhibitions in public institutions…

KRYSTIAN TRUTH CZAPLICKI – SCULPTURES PICKED OUT OF EVERYDAY LIFE

According to the theory of proxemics, drawing from psychology and anthropology, human relations occur in different culturally defined distances. Krystian Truth Czaplicki lives in Wroclaw.

DESIGN FROM POLAND AT TENT LONDON

The twelfth London Design Festival roared into town. For the designers, Design Week is a gateway to the international creative community; for visitors the opportunity to grasp the freshest design ideas from all over the world.

MONIKA SOSNOWSKA AT THE ATELIER CALDER: AN INTERVIEW WITH DOROTA CZERNER AND ALEXANDER S. C. ROWER, PRESIDENT OF THE CALDER FOUNDATION

Sosnowska presented two full-scale sculptures and approximately thirty maquettes to the public following…

PRIVATE MUSEUMS – WERNER JERKE AND KRZYSZTOF MASIEWICZ TALK TO CONTEMPORARY LYNX AS PART OF WARSAW GALLERY WEEKEND

A discussion about private museums established by private collectors. The Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw.

LET’S TALK ABOUT JUSTINA, BABY!

For a while now, she has been working on the project revolving around mysterious Justina. The interview below explores the issues of art, travel and the identity of a girl who resembles an anti-hero from picaresque novels.

EPHEMERAL ART IN SOKOŁOWSKO

“Arrival.
An ordinary young man was on his way from his hometown of Hamburg to Davos-Platz in the canton of Graubunden. It was the height of summer, and he planned to stay for three weeks.

GOSHKA MACUGA’S MULTIPLIED REPORT. REPORT FROM THE EXHIBITION IN LONDON

Goshka Macuga, born in Warsaw and living in London, is one of the most prominent figures of European art scene. Nominated to Turner Prize in 2008, she carries out her projects in galleries all over the world.

ANNA BAUMGART AND HER HISTORIOGRAPHY ART

Film Conquerors of the Sun (2012) is the story of an agitprop train, Moscow to Berlin. It was screened on the 8th July at The Aubin Cinema in London, in conjunction with Kate MacGarry‘s show.

LISTE FAIR – ART COMES AS NATURAL AS GRILLED SAUSAGES FOR LUNCH

After the visit at the posh and overwhelming main exhibition of Basel Art Fair, it’s nice to change the atmosphere and see the LISTE show just a short walk away. It takes place in a former brewery…

MASKS, FACES, VOICES, SPACE

We first met Piotr Skiba ten years ago, when we were invited to document a gallery show in Catskill, NY. Already, Skiba was integrating elements of performance and prepared objects into his painting practice…

ISN’T IT GOOD TO BE LOST IN THE WOOD?…

Isn’t it good to be lost in the wood is the result of a dialogue where the artists allow their works to do the talking: Pierre Ardouvin and Przemek Matecki take up the challenge of a conversation in absentia which tasks their images with meeting…

RESTORING SCRAPS

Interview with Tatiana Wolska on recycling, artist’s physical work and her latest achievements. Recycling is a key word of your practice as an artist. You reach for various “recycled” materials ranging from plastic water bottles…

POLISH ARTISTS AT ART|45|BASEL

Every single year, a small Swiss city, located where the German and French borders meet, attracts the leading gallerists, collectors, art enthusiasts and representatives of both public and private artistic organizations.

CONTEMPORARY LYNX’S TRIP TO THE CZECH REPUBLIC – PART 2

In the previous part of our account of the trip to the Czech Republic we have described only a part of events. This time check out: 7th New Zlin Salon 2014, exhibitions in Brno and Prague.

CONTEMPORARY LYNX’S TRIP TO THE CZECH REPUBLIC – PART 1

Our day-to-day tasks at the magazine involve looking at works of artists, reading interviews, reviews, monographies and academic publications. I admit it with some unease…

MIROSŁAW BAŁKA: JOURNEY INTO THE INFINITE MELANCHOLY OF BEING

When one encounters the works of Polish artist, Miroslaw Balka, one almost certainly feels perplexed by his highly minimalist-looking and individuated forms. Apparently, his body of work is…

WALERIAN BOROWCZYK: NATURE OR CULTURE?

The Kinoteka 12th Polish Film Festival, organised by the Polish Cultural Institute in London, finished a few weeks ago. A backbone of it was the “Cinema of Desire: Walerian Borowczyk Retrospective”…

THE MAP OF DESIRE BY WALERIAN BOROWCZYK

The Kinoteka 12th Polish Film Festival, organised by Polish Cultural Institute in London, has just finished. A significant part of it was the ‘Cinema of Desire: Walerian Borowczyk Retrospective’…

“THIS IS NOT ABOUT ME. IT’S ABOUT THE IMAGES.” – INTERVIEW WITH THE ARTIST ADRIAN KOLERSKI

Contemporary Lynx presents a young and upcoming artist Adrian Kolerski in conversation with Michal Trávníček – a curator from Industra gallery in Brno…

ALEKSANDER – PORTRAIT OF THE SIMPLE MAN

‘Aleksander’, 2013 is a second film by Anka and Wilhelm Sasnal. The title Aleksander isn’t either Alexander The Great or the character from Bergman’s ‘Fanny and Alexander’…

IDEALLY BALANCED, ORGANICALLY ABSTRACT. THE POLISH AVANT-GARDE IN DÜSSELDORF

Until 23rd May, The Gallery of Polish Institute in Düsseldorf holds an exhibition of works by prominent Polish avant-garde artists.

SURREAL JOURNEY – PHOTOSTORY

Exhibitions are like invitations on a journey. This could be an interior journey, discovering an idea, a form of artistic expression or aesthetic, but it could also be a geographical journey to a new world – wrote Michel Samuel.

GUIDED TOUR OF MAREK PIASECKI’S EXHIBITION AT MUMMERY + SCHNELLE IN LONDON

In February Contemporary Lynx visited an exhibition of Marek Piasecki [1935-2011] at Mummery + Schnelle Gallery in east London. We had the pleasure to meet…

WHO NEEDS ART TODAY?

Agnieszka Kulazińska is a curator for the Centre for Contemporary Art Laźnia in Gdańsk. She was interviewed by Monika Waraxa to present her approach towards the contemporary art ecosystem. Monika Waraxa: What is your work about…

THE CURATOR TIMOTHY PERSONS ABOUT PRESENTATION OF KULCZYK COLLECTION IN MADRID

Contemporary Lynx had the pleasure to talk to Timothy Persons – the curator of the exhibition entitled Everybody is Nobody for Somebody.

GIZELA MICKIEWICZ – ARTIST-IN-RESIDENCE AT GASWORKS IN LONDON

Gasworks, established in 1994, is a contemporary art organization based in South London, housing eleven artists’ studios and offering a programme of exhibitions and events…

RADEK SZLAGA – CONSTANTLY IN MOTION

We have been thinking about this interview for a long time. Radek Szlaga is one of the most interesting and independent artists of the young generation who surprises viewers with his art and energy.

IN CRISIS BETWEEN PAST AND PRESENT. ANGELIKA MARKUL AT PALAIS DE TOKYO

The newest exhibition season inaugurated in mid-February at Palais de Tokyo, will present ten exhibitions in three guises under the common title L’Etat du ciel. Artists, curators, writers, philosophers…

PIOTR SKIBA AND MAGDALENA ZIĘBA ABOUT “MAN, THAT NEGRO STOLE MY SHOW!”

Contemporary Lynx visited an intriguing exhibition – a video screening by an artist from Wrocław, Piotr Skiba, which took place in The Old Truman Brewery…

JAN MANSKI AND HIS DARK VISIONS

Jan Manski was interviewed by Monika Waraxa during the private view of his latest exhibition Possesia at London-based gallery BREESE LITTLE. Monika Waraxa: Why did you wear long black boots on the private view?

POLISH ARTISTS AT ARCO MADRID 2014

Last year, one of the very first articles published by Contemporary Lynx was the report from the ARCO art fair held in Madrid. Also this year, we couldn’t miss reporting from this event. This edition was attended by 219 galleries.

MAREK PIASECKI: AN ECCENTRIC AND VISIONARY ARTISTIC PHENOMENON

Marek Piasecki (1935-2011) is one of the most eccentric and visionary artistic phenomena in post-war Polish culture. He worked as a professional photojournalist as well as an artist…

„SOMEWHERE BETWEEN – MATEUSZ SZCZYPIŃSKI & BENJAMIN BRONNI” GALERIE PARROTTA CONTEMPORARY ART IN STUTTGART

The project “Somewhere Between” comprises two exhibitions by Mateusz Szczypiński and Benjamin Bronni…