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ARCHIVES 2015


THE NEW YEAR’S SUMMARIES

The end of the year is the perfect time to stop and make a top ten list. The year provided many projects. The huge family of Contemporary Lynx comes from 155 countries and speaks in over 139 languages and we all need art everyday!

Xs ON THE LIPS

After the great retrospectives of Hamilton (2014) Lichtenstein (2013) and Hirst (2012), this year, we have been granted a presentation of artists who are largely outside the mainstream, at least as far as London’s perspective is concerned.

MAGDALENA ABAKANOWICZ. EXPERIENCING THE ORGANIC

The show gathers artists from all around the world. The centrepiece of the exhibition belongs undoubtedly to the master of contemporary textiles – Magdalena Abakanowicz.

ELEKTRO MOON VISION AND TADEUSZ KANTOR

The Polish-Hungarian duo, Elektro Moon Vision, creates innovative visual art based on digital technologies. Their latest project is being exhibited in the Platan Gallery in Budapest.

BRUTAL BY MICHAŁ ŁUCZAK

Brutal by a Polish photographer Michał Łuczak (the Sputnik Photos collective) is a great example of a micro-documentary choosing to tell ‘little’ stories instead of grand narratives. In his cycle Łuczak documented Katowice Railway Station.

THE CHANGING FACE OF WARSAW’S ART SCENE

The rising number of exciting exhibitions, publications and other art initiatives proves that Warsaw art life has changed for the better, and ‘private’ galleries play a very important role in keeping it that way.

CRISIS IS ONLY A BEGINNING

‘Polish photography has never had a better time.’ — these words are the central theme of the fifth, jubilee edition of TIFF Festival. The message contained in a short expression ‘Polska now’ has become a leitmotif for curators…

MAESS. BEAUTY OF DECAY

Warsaw-based artist Maess presents her series of drawings „Abnormal results” at Platan Gallery in Budapest. We asked Maess to share her views on applied techniques, inspirations and experiences behind these works.

FIVE YOUNG CONTEMPORARY ARTISTS TO WATCH

Catch these five artists born in the 80s and check out their practice. They are nominees to Views competition – 2015 edition. The Views is a project supporting the development of young Polish art.

QUADRATUM NIGRUM – A SUPREMATIST MASS

Very often happens that important things or beginnings of artistic movements, changes, and dialogues start just outside our doorstep! So we would like to present very intriguing Polish emerging artists.

KANTOR’S RETURN: MARC GLÖDE ON HIS EXHIBTION ‘INBETWEEN STRUCTURES’

2015 is the Year of Tadeusz Kantor and the artist and master of theatre have come as far as Edinburgh, taking part in the Fringe Festival’s Summerhall exhibition Inbetween Structures.

THE TIGHTNESS OF THE EARTH

The memory of home remains forever, the location of bed, the kitchen and the garden bench…; someone’s smile, gesture, a person who leaves a deep mark in us; a seemingly banal memory form an ordinary day at school…

ANETA GRZESZYKOWSKA: ART MEANS MORE THAN COMMUNICATION

“My body and surroundings play a major role in my work for technical reasons […]. My work is deeply rooted in the mundane reality. The questions I ask are addressed to me.”

RICHARD DEMARCO: “I DON’T BELIEVE THAT TADEUSZ KANTOR IS DEAD”

For the 2015 Venice Art Biennale the series of film screenings relating to Kantor’s contributions to The Edinburgh International Festival has been presented by The Demarco European Art Foundation.

LISTE – MATURE ART FAIR FOR YOUNG ART

It’s been 20 years since LISTE made its debut on the art scene as a fair for the fresh and new, and it seems nobody can imagine a time that it didn’t exist. Is there any difference this year? I pose this question to Michał Kaczyński…

FEMALE PERCEPTIONS AND EMBODIED IDENTITIES: THEM IN BERLIN

Dismembered, deconstructed, dissolved, constrained, fractured, mechanised, isolated. Does not sound appealing, does it? But THEM, a group show bringing together over dozen works…

POLISH ARTISTS AT ART | BASEL 2015

At some stage during this year’s edition of Art Basel I overheard the opinion that the art fairs are a vanity project. This is when I began to contemplate what the art fair really is. Is it a celebration of art; a place where artists are promoted?

POLISH PHOTOGRAPHY IN HAMBURG – THE HAMBURG TRIENNIAL OF PHOTOGRAPHY

Photography took over the city of Hamburg during the last two weeks of June thanks to the 6th edition of the Hamburg Triennial of Photography. This year’s motto was ‘THE DAY WILL COME’.

WOJTEK BLECHARZ: THE SOUND IS NOT ENOUGH

My first impression after listening to No More Stories was that it is an absence, which is actually a presence. There was a strong emotional tension in it. It was completely dark, completely sad.

CITIZENS OF THE WORLD

Dobrila Denegri talks about her relation to Polish art and the latest exhibition at the Centre of Contemporary Art Znaki Czasu in Torun entitled “Act or Perish” – Gustav Metzger’s retrospective – the first extensive overview of the oeuvre…

IS GLOBAL CULTURE A DAY DREAMING? ‘STATE OF LIFE’ – CONTEMPORARY ART IN BEIJING

The National Art Museum of China in Beijing recently held an exhibition entitled ‘The State of Life’, show of Polish art after the year 1989

SOMEWHERE ALONG THE LINE – PHOTOGRAPHS BY MICHAŁ KORTA

The Balkans in Southern Europe… is where you can observe the clash between the past and the present, the clashes between cultures, religions and worldviews…

BEYOND THE WHITE CUBE. HIGHLIGHTS FROM GALLERY WEEKEND BERLIN 2015

Each year, Gallery Weekend Berlin attracts hundreds of collectors, gallery owners, artists and viewers. Participating museums, galleries and project spaces turn the city into a metropolis thriving with modern art.

REPORT ON THE 56TH VENICE BIENNALE

The sun in the blue sky shining high above us and narrow streets bathed in sunlight or hidden in deep shadows. The city is vibrant on the one hand, but on the other, it dies out, people born there emigrate and islands disappear giving in to water…

‘TEST EXPOSURE’ – A WAY TO GET TO KNOW A DIFFERENT WORLD

The 16th Media Art Biennale WRO began on 13th May. Over 250 artists from around the world presented their works in 10 venues across Wrocław from the National Museum to Renoma…

ZOFIA RYDET – DISTANT ROADS

Zofia Rydet was born in 1911 in the city of Stanisławów (currently Ukrainian). The characteristic feature of her’s works are their topics which focus entirely on ordinary people and their life. The artist’s works are recognized not only in Poland…

MAGDALENA ABAKANOWICZ: BAMBINI

‘When examining man, I am in fact examining myself… My forms are the skins I strip off myself one by one, marking the milestones along my road. Each time they belong so much to me and I belong to them (…)’

JOANNA PIOTROWSKA: HIDDEN EMOTIONS

We visited Joanna Piotrowska’s exhibition „How are you”. Piotrowska touches the issue relation between women and men – of domination and objectification of men. The photo shoot was made in Nairobi in cooperation with Fundacja Razem Pomoja.

FOLLOWING THE TRACKS OF POLISH ARTISTS IN VENICE – GUIDE 2015

A Contemporary Lynx’s subjective guide following the tracks of Polish artists in Venice. We have prepared a lot of information and coverages directly from Venice for these who will visit to…

THE HEART OF PAINTING

Laure Roynette Galerie hosted a project by Sandra Mulliez. The Heart, an exhibition featuring the work of Polish painter Radek Szlaga is the second collaboration to take place between the SAM art foundation and an artist of Polish origins.

WELCOME TO THE DESIGN DEMOCRACY

19 April marked the end of Milan Design Week – the biggest and most prestigious design fairs in the world. Every year, for the duration of the fairs, the city transforms to adapt to the needs of designers and design enthusiasts.

THE POLISH PHOTOGRAPHIC WORK EXHIBITED AT FORMAT15

FORMAT International Photography Festival is one of the biggest photography festivals in the United Kingdom. Their 2015 edition centred around the theme of ‘evidence’.

CONTENT AND CONTEXT – IN CONVERSATION WITH JAGNA CIUCHTA

In 2014, as part of a summer residency at the Parisian Glassbox, Jagna Ciuchta created the project Spin-off, involving a series of brief exhibitions – conversation with artist.

PROCESS AND ART. OSKAR HANSEN AND HIS CONCEPT OF VARIABLE ARCHITECTURE

Oskar Hansen, along with his team including Svein Hatloy, Barbara Cybulska, and Lars Fasting, took part in a competition for the design for a building to house the Museum of Contemporary Art in Skopje.

OSKAR ZIĘTA. IN SEARCH OF INNOVATIVE TECHNOLOGY

The Wire magazine called his designs “furniture of the future”. By most design lovers, Oskar Zięta is mainly associated with inflatable metal stools in bold colours, resembling shiny baloons.

KAROLINA JONDERKO – PORTRAITS OF TIME

Karolina Jonderko begun her adventure with photography working with her father’s old Zenith. What distinguishes her photographs is their huge emotional load, and their simplicity, which coincides with their message.

EXCITING DISCOVERY IN SKOPJE

Magdalena Ziółkowska interviewed by Dobromila Blaszczyk. DB: How did your collaboration with the Polish Embassy in Skopje come about and how did you find out about the Polish art collection at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Skopje?

EXCITING DISCOVERY IN SKOPJE! CONTEMPORARY LYNX IN CONVERSATION WITH KINGA NETTMANN–MULTANOWSKA

Dobromila Blaszczyk: You had found works by Polish artists stored in the warehouses of the Museum of Contemporary Art in Skopje. How did this discovery…

RAFAŁ MILACH: PHOTO-EYE

Photographer, documentarian, visionary, curator, lecturer and, above all, artist – these are the words that sum up Rafał Milach. Milach belongs to a new generation of photographers. In 2006 he co-formed the group Sputnik Photos.

AGATA MADEJSKA – EVERYTHING HAPPENED IN THE DISTANCE…

A distance forged between point “a” and point “b”. On one side, there was emptiness, a vacuum; on the other side an electric field, drawing and connecting the two “points” like gravity.