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VIDEO STORY #1: TADEUSZ BRZOZOWSKI

VIDEO STORY #1: TADEUSZ BRZOZOWSKI

Over the last few months, we have been writing mostly about young artists, international exhibitions, and art fairs.  Now, is a time to present the “classics”— the artists that are already known and are part of the international art scene.

THE 6 MOST CONTROVERSIAL WORKS OF POLISH CONTEMPORARY ART

Contemporary Art in Poland has always been provoking huge controversies and extreme reactions. Often it has electrified not only the art world but the general public too.

DISTINCTIVENESS. AN INTERVIEW WITH JADWIGA CHARZYŃSKA

This year LAZNIA is celebrating its 20th anniversary. We asked the director what she is most proud of, Laznia’s flagship programme “Art + Science Meeting”, the international artists’ exchange…

THE HEROIC RETURN

For his Monomyth series begun in 2015, Filip Berendt combines black and white photographs and geometric blocks of colour to create highly charged works depicting a personal and mythological journey.

THERE IS ALWAYS SNOW ON THE MOON

“…Nomadic State by Karolina Mełnicka and Stach Szumski is an intentional, well-balanced organism, placed somewhere between poetic fiction and the here and now […] where art, politics and science interweave.”

WE NEED TO CREATE ALTERNATIVES FOR THE FUTURE AND WE NEED TO CREATE THEM NOW, COLLECTIVELY

Studio Visit: Alicja Rogalska in conversation with Roma Piotrowska.
‘In this interview series, I visit artists in their studios…’

INTERDISCIPLINARY ART AND CREATIVE JOURNEYS

In conversation with Agnieszka Jankowska-Marzec. The following interview was conducted on the occasion of the artist’s solo show “Dramaturgy of Space” at the Modern and…

THE PROJECT ROOM: SEARCHING FOR NEW PHENOMENA IN ART

“What is most fascinating about Project Room is that it shows “the moment”. It accompanies the audience in witnessing the birth of certain phenomena, which we are still not able to classify…

YOU JUST HAVE TO LOOK CAREFULLY

My encounter with Izabela Chamczyk’s paintings has been one of the most interesting experiences in my short adventure in the Polish art world. I remember well when I first came across a picture painted by her…

SOUND FORMS A VERY SUBTLE, INVISIBLE KIND OF SCULPTURE

Interview with Anna Orlikowska. ‘Sound for me is a tangible presence, a sculpture really. Any space forms a hollow container, a shape for you to mould. Sound aligns with the space it’s played in.’

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…

MEET THE 12 WINNERS OF THE YOUNG LYNXES PORTFOLIO COMPETITION

Let’s meet the 12 winners selected in our first art competition ‘Young Lynxes Portfolio’ organised this winter. Have a look at the winners’ biographies and some images from their portfolios.

THERE IS NO SHAME IN BEING EASTERN EUROPEAN

Vlogger and journalist Roma Piotrowska is visiting Polish artists’ studios in the UK to give us an overview on their practice and lives in the post-Brexit referendum era. In conversation with Katarzyna Perlak.

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…