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MARIA PINIŃSKA-BEREŚ – BREAKING SOCIAL CONVENTIONS

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 pursuit of artistic greatness and did not aspire to be recognised as flagship representations of the feminist movement. Her art was truly multidimensional, which she managed to achieve thanks to her elaborate personal story.

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…

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…

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”

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?

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.

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…

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.

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…

‘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.

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.

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…

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…

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.

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…

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.

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…

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…

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…

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…

STUDIO VISIT: MARCIN DUDEK

Marcin Dudek works in a large building in Brussels where we visited him during Art Brussels fair. In the field of visual art he examines the universal problem of functioning as an individual amongst a crowd.

AUGMENTING THE WORLD WITH MASAKI FUJIHATA

The exhibition ‘Augmenting the World’, presents works by Masaki Fujihata, is a part of the “Art+Science Meeting”. Interview with the exhibition’s curator, Professor Ryszard W. Kluszczyński.

ART&SCIENCE: PRIMA MATERIA

Nowadays, having the digital along with physical, artists create works that play with our perception and senses. Moving back and forth from virtual to real, it’s time to rethink the meaning of “matter” all over again.

CAN WE EMBRACE THE NEW SYSTEMS? THE 17TH MEDIA ART BIENNALE WRO

The leitmotif and title of the 17th Media Art Biennale WRO is Draft Systems. It is a timely and highly relevant choice, as there is an inescapable feeling of being at a junction of history.

A LIFE IN A WEEKEND – MAKING THE LYNX COVER

The north-east port town of Szczecin, Poland was witness to a very unique spectacle during the first weekend of March. Contemporary Lynx invited street artist Slawek ZBIOK Czajkowski…

BIENNALE DE LA BICHE: A BREATH, OUT OF THE CONTEMPORARY ART SCENE

Biennale de La Biche is the smallest contemporary art biennale in the world and is taking place on a remote, uninhabited island in the Caribbean Sea bound to disappear due to the rising…

MEET FIVE FEMALE ARTISTS WHO CREATE WORK IN PUBLIC SPACE

Let’s celebrate International Woman’s Day – we would like to introduce you to five female artists who create work in a public space. These female artists, who despite their different ways of experiencing…

PIOTR KRZYMOWSKI: NEWS FROM THE PAST

Piotr Krzymowski is an up-and-coming Polish artist and graduate of Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design. He works in film, video, performance and collage, often with found materials. I meet Krzymowski at l’étrangère…

ALL THAT IS MELTED…

In an interview with Tytus Szabelski, we discuss the role of an artist, the relevance of distinction between a copy and an original, the means of expression, and the twists and turns which led him to the creation of “All that is melted…”.

PAWEŁ JANICKI: BEYOND THE DIGITAL

Polish artist Paweł Janicki – recognised internationally for his independent media art – presented a huge-scale project at the Platan Gallery in Budapest. The “Tessell” installation calls visitors to engage in multilevel interactions…

WOJCIECH PUŚ: FILMMAKING, POLITICS & SEX

“Theater is a machine where there’s no time for complaining; you need to solve problems, find solutions, and do that while acting in various capacities. I’ve worked on numerous projects…”

… PAINTING HAS BECOME A LUXURIOUS MEDIUM FOR THE ARTIST

Interview: Anna Katarzyna Domejko discusses her most recent series of paintings, the refugee crisis, and the Birmingham art scene with Roma Piotrowska.

LOCAL INITIATIVES ON AN INTERNATIONAL STAGE

As 2016, a year so full of unforgettable moments and pleasant surprises comes to an end, we decided to ask Michał Bieniek, the curator of the European Capital of Culture Visual Arts Programme…

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…

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…

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.

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.

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…

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.

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.