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ARTICLES 2016


HIGHLANDER IN THE LENS

Zakopane is considered one of the most popular tourist destinations in Poland alongside Warsaw, Krakow and Trójmiasto. Why has the small town situated at the foot of the Tatra Mountains gained such prominence as a cultural…

ART COMPETITION: TOP TIPS

How to prepare a good application? What should artists pay attention to? How to organise the art competition? RRead our interview and following tips from Karolina Jaklewicz and Magda Bobko — founder of the “Fresh Blood” competition.

MEET 4 EMERGING ARTISTS – THE ALUMNI OF THE MOST INFLUENTIAL ART SCHOOL

Located in the heart of London, the Royal College of Art (RCA) is the most influential, wholly postgraduate university of art and design in the world. It’s the dream of art students…

5 IDEAS FOR CHRISTMAS GIFTS

If you are looking for unusual Christmas gifts, we are happy to help with our gift guide for Polish design lovers. FIDU Christmas Trees by Oskar Zięta, Användbar – A Terra Cotta Sprouter to Grow Microgreens, IKEA collection…

ŁÓDŹ DESIGN FESTIVAL 2016 IN OUR LENS

This year Lodz Design Festival, the biggest festival of its kind in Poland, celebrated its 10th anniversary. The theme of this edition was „Identity”. The curators were trying to show how designers, users and…

ON TECHNOLOGY AND THE HOLY FIRE OF INSPIRATION

Interview with Alessandro Ludovico. He is the editor in chief of Neural magazine – a monthly publication dedicated to ‘new media art’ and the ongoing developments occurring in the fields of contemporary…

WROCŁAW – BACKYARD DOOR

For some time now our eyes have been turned towards Wrocław, assigned to be the European Capital of Culture at the beginning of 2016. We had a look at the artistic scene of the city in our latest print issue and we mentioned…

FROM WARBURG TO TUMBLR

The Mnemosyne Atlasis an unfinished work, actually a repository of images collected by Aby Warburg from 1924 to when he died in 1929. Known only from its photographic reproductions, it is a record of a creative and scientific process…

INTO THE STUDIO: EDWARD KRASIŃSKI

Ahead of his major retrospective opening this week at Tate Liverpool, we visit the lovingly preserved former studio and home of Polish artist Edward Krasiński — uncovering ostrich eggs, VAT receipts, blue Scotch tape, toy mice, and all…

STORIES COVERED WITH SEA SALT

Perhaps by reaching the border we can experience something more and see beyond the social and cultural patterns, which were the topic of works by the majority of artists of artists, that we take with a pinch of salt.

TRAVELLERS FOREVER

“Rivers and Roads”. Being on the road is the topic of this year’s TIFF festival. But what does it mean to be on the road? Where is it exactly? Neither here, nor there. Somewhere in between, nowhere and everywhere.

KRZYSZTOF MANIAK INTERVIEWED BY MARTA KUDELSKA

Last year Krzysztof Maniak was awarded the first prize in the Hestia Artistic Journey Competition. It’s high time we looked back and discussed what has changed for him in the last year.

NIGHT EXPRESS WARSAW — PRAGUE: ART GALLERIES IN THE CZECH REPUBLIC

While the Polish art gallery scene is on the fast track, passing unfriendly villages of slanders related to monkey business and collisions between the private and public sector, the Czechs slowly build on their…

MARCIN RYCZEK: SEIZING THE MOMENT

Today, in the era of digital photography, pictures appear and disappear in a dynamic dance of desire and deception. It is increasingly challenging to create surprising representations of reality, let alone ones worth remembering.

D-FILE #3 PROGRAMMING LEISURE BY IZABELA BOŁOZ

They say that behind every successful man stands a strong woman. When it comes to good design, behind its success stands usually more than one person or one situation. In “D-File” series of mini-essays…

ZUZANNA JANIN: MAPPING MEMORY

Polish artist Zuzanna Janin presents her works on solo exhibition “Mapping Memory” in Budapest-based Platan Gallery. Her consequent and courageous strategy of transforming memories and private experiences…

ARTIST-IN-RESIDENCE: TOP TIPS FROM NATHALIE ANGLÈS

How to prepare a good application? On what basis art residencies are selecting the applicants? Read our interview and following tips from Nathalie Anglès — founder of and director…

ART BASEL 2016 – TREASURE HUNT

In June, the city of Basel becomes the most important trading market for artworks in the world. The most prominent art galleries, collectors, curators and art lovers are gathered in a single place. This is a real treasure hunt!

THE 9th BERLIN BIENNALE FOR CONTEMPORARY ART

In the days running up to the Berlin Biennale, there was a definite feeling of unease in the air. Would DIS, that hipster collective, present us with a heady mix of what already is and what may yet be…

EXPLORING BOUNDARIES: A REVIEW OF ‘ART FROM ELSEWHERE’

The Art from Elsewhere exhibition aims to discuss and explore complex questions about life in the contemporary world , dealing with issues like shifting identities in an increasingly globalised world.

DEATH / LIFE VALLEY — ADAM RZEPECKI, IGNACY CZWARTOS, MARCIN GIERAT AND PIOTR LUTYŃSKI IN CONVERSATION WITH CONTEMPORARY LYNX

Adam Rzepecki recently took a journey into the heart of the US that culminated in an act of performance.

PAINTER’S PAINTING. SOME THOUGHTS ON THE RECENT WORKS OF WOJCIECH GILEWICZ

May 2016 we met up outside the Cuchifritos Gallery with Wojciech Gilewicz, and Bartek Remisko the curator of the artist’s most recent solo show…

D-FILE #2 PORCELAIN XERO

Getting in touch with your “black side” makes you stronger and more complex. In the art world it means you can be a better artist: the one that expresses emotions truly , and is braver about breaking the rules.

FROM THE INTIMATE TO THE SPECTACULAR. INTERVIEW WITH ALISON NORDSTRÖM, ART DIRECTOR OF THE FOTOFESTIVAL IN ŁÓDŹ

Fotofestiwal in Łódź 2016 concentrates on the experience intrinsically linked to photography from its very beginning – travel and the various forms.

FRANCISZKA & STEFAN THEMERSON: GREAT RESPECTERS OF NONSENSE

The exhibition’s title “Books, Camera, Ubu” provides a handy guide to its three parts, documenting the main areas of the Themersons’ innovative and diverse practice.

BETWEEN THE INCREDIBLE AND THE CREDIBLE. A TALK WITH YANE CALOVSKI.

My work is mostly based on my work with information, which often does not get written down anywhere, but rather constitutes a part of people’s memories, and their oral history.

ON THINGS COMMON AND UNCOMMON

Mateusz Szczypiński is an artist who made his debut with a series of paintings and collages. His latest work can be seen in Frankfurt as a part of the open group exhibition — Contemporay Art from Poland.

POLISH ARTISTS: FROM BOCHUM TO MARL

We look far, but we often do not pay appropriate attention to what is happening here and now. When the eyes of the artistic scene in Europe are turned to Berlin, we decided to look in a different direction: Bochum and Marl.

D-FILE #1 KOWALSKI’S CHAIR

In “D-File” series, Ania Diduch – art and design critic tells the stories behind Polish designs. Just like in police files, she collects the evidence, talks with the witnesses, examines the photos and finally writes the report.

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.

ALICJA PATANOWSKA. THE SPLENDID REVIVAL OF CERAMICS

Alicja Patanowska is a young artist and designer who graduated from the London Royal College of Art. Her art installation Plantation received several awards for its design.

A DIFFERENT LANGUAGE, A DIFFERENT OBJECT

Abakans – Not simply fabric constructs, nor just sculptures, but three dimensional forms known as “soft sculptures”. Abstract and very organic, these are the fruit of the imagination.

PERFECT SHAPE FOR THE CONCEPT

Alice Gaskon and Árpád Forgó collaborate together in “Transitions”, the latest exhibition in Budapest. Now is a great time to have a closer look at contemporary geometric and abstract art, where concepts meet real craftsmanship.

THE OTHER PLACES – WOJTEK DOROSZUK’S ROUND TRIP

He strays inbetween fiction, and a documentary approach; an observation, and a subjective impression of a moment; an ethnological field work, and the research of a curious traveller.

I AM SURREALIST, A DADAIST AND AN ANARCHIST. A CONVERSATION WITH GEERT VERBEKE

Geert Verbeke is the driving force behind the Verbeke Foundation, one of the largest private initiatives for modern and contemporary art.

MUZEUM SZTUKI IN ŁÓDŹ – CONFRONTING AVANT-GARDE WITH MODERN ARTISTIC PRACTICE

In 2016, on the occasion of the 85th anniversary of this event, we have the pleasure to talk to the Museum’s director – Jarosław Suchan.

FOOD THINK TANK – LOVE AFFAIR BETWEEN ART & FOOD

It all started with a request for refreshments for a film festival held by the New Horizons – an independent cinema in Wroclaw. ‘Right here, we will build a tower…’

NATALIA ZAŁUSKA. MEANING IN MINIMALISM

Natalia Załuska makes art which is associated with tranquility, contemplation and stillness. She captures a type of refinement of clarity you can’t ignore simply and elegantly.

ALICJA BIELAWSKA. SCULPTURE SUGGESTS MOVEMENT

“I think all of the elements: scale, colour, shape, used materials and a performative element are interconnected.”- says Bielawska in conversation with Z. Cielątkowska.

BOWNIK. THINGS IN THEMSELVES

Immanuel Kant, in seeking the irrefutable foundations of unshakeable knowledge, set two separate spheres against each other – the world of things and all that which is beyond the realm of the senses and all that which is beyond the realm of the senses…

STORY OF CHANGE

Polish design comes back to IMM Cologne, one of the most important trade events in Europe. We had a pleasure to talk to Anna Theiss – the curator of the Bright New: Polish Ideas Applied exhibition. Her presentation’s focuses on projects…

ALICJA KWADE – SOMEWHERE ELSE AT THE SAME TIME…

Alicja Kwade works in a large building in Berlin where we visited her. Her works manipulate mental perceptions and physical experiences of how the body inhabits space and time.

TOP 10 ARTICLES OF 2015

Happy New Year Contemporary Lynx Readers! What were your favorite articles of 2015? Find out: 1. Somewhere along the line – photographs by Michał Korta, 2. Cedar Lewisohn – London-based curator, expert and researcher on street art…