EXHIBITIONS


LOOK AT THE SUN, DON’T LOOK AT THE SUN

LOOK AT THE SUN, DON’T LOOK AT THE SUN

In her artistic practice, Kama Sokolnicka often relates to physical and natural phenomena. As the daughter of gardeners, she grew up observing and learning the rules and mechanisms of nature. As an artist, she transferred those observations…

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…

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…

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.

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.

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.

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 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.

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…

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…

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

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 (…)’

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.

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.

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.

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.

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…

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.

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…

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…

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’…

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.

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?

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…

IN MY WORK, I AM TRYING TO DRAW ATTENTION TO CREATIVITY AS A PRODUCT OF COLLECTIVE INTELLIGENCE AND COMPLEX, NONLINEAR PROCESSES – SAYS AGNIESZKA KURANT

Contemporary Lynx visited an exhibition by Agnieszka Kurant entitled Exformation. It was on at SculptureCentre .

AN APPROACH TO BEING

The project did not serve as a vehicle to present a retrospective overview of the work of Polish artists, but rather to provide curators’ commentary, so that it would be easily understandable for the people in Japan.

DEGREES OF FREEDOM. EXPERIMENTAL SITE-SPECIFIC PERFORMANCE BY BNNT

During the past fifty years in the Fluxus era the parameters of visual experimentation within musical performance have been enormously expended. This experimentation reconfigures…

MICHAŁ BUDNY – ASHAMED AND SHAMELESS

What if you could unwrap the wrapped painting? What if you could just rip off the foil and finally indulge your purely humane desire to uncover something covered and to unveil the mystery?

“WHERE THE WORLD MAKES ITS HOME IN A SINGLE NEST” GOSHKA MACUGA RESPONDS TO TAGORE’S LEGACY

Till 23 November, Iniva (Institute of International Visual Arts) in London hosted the exhibition of installations created by two artists.