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Contemporary Lynx is proud to announce that it became an official media partner of Warsaw Gallery Weekend (WGW). The event will take place in Warsaw between 27-29 September where the top galleries and art organisations will host late openings, special art events, meetings with artists, discussions and concerts.

The Warsaw art scene is one of the most dynamically developing in Europe. September’s Warsaw Gallery Weekend sets a new artistic path on dynamically changing map of the city. At the same time, WGW has the ambition to enter permanently into the European contemporary art calendar as an annual celebration of artists and galleries, but also a place for new discoveries and meetings, as a sign of vitality of the local environment, its creative potential and growing audience.

screenshot of the official Warsaw Gallery Weekend’s website, 2013

 This will be the third edition of WGW. It presents a versatile line-up of several generations of Polish artists, from the classics (such as Zbigniew Dłubak, Alina Szapocznikow, Jan Świdziński) through influential figures of the mature generation (Grzegorz Kowalski, Natalia LL, Włodzimierz Jan Zakrzewski, Łódź Kaliska) and the vibrant personalities of the middle generation (Cezary Bodzianowski, Oskar Dawicki, Maurycy Gomulicki), including those who have achieved international fame (Agnieszka Brzeżańska, Agnieszka Kalinowska, Alicja Karska & Aleksandra Went), up to the most intriguing representatives of the youngest generations (Bownik, Paweł Eibel, Tomasz Kowalski, Gizela Mickiewicz, Siostry Borowe, Anna Orłowska & Mateusz Choróbski). Photography is a central focus of the event, featuring such legends as Wojciech Plewiński, Tadeusz Rolke, Tomek Sikora, Andrzej Świetlik, Ronit Porat, along some first-time shows for international artists here in Poland (Nina Beier, Peter Peri, Michael E. Smith).

Contemporary Lynx asked the organisers – Joanna Krawczyk and Marika Zamojska, how will this edition of the event be different from the previous once?

First of all, this is the third edition of WGW. Thus, our previous experience translates into an increased scale of the event in both aspects; organisational and artistic. Moreover, this year we decided to collaborate closely with public institutions: Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw, Centre for Contemporary Art, Ujzadowski Castle, Zachęta – National Art Gallery and Adam Mickiewicz Institute  in addition to 21 private art galleries.

Such cooperation between various sectors (public institutions, private galleries, private companies) opens up new opportunities and gives more room to maneuver. This year, our offer is much more diverse, involving different target groups: children (Spotlight Kids), collectors (panels discussion about collecting art) and even cyclists  (bike routes through the galleries). 

Contemporary Lynx also asked about the highlights of this year’s Warsaw Gallery Weekend:

This year’s program is very diverse: you will find shows of several generations of Polish and international artists, from classics, through mid-career artists, , including internationally renowned artists, as well as a young generation of promising talent.

All shows are highly recommended. We particularly warmly invite you to the preview of Warsaw Gallery Weekend “Showroom. A Survey of Warsaw-based Galleries in 2013” prepared by the Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw. Each of the 21 galleries taking part in this year’s program has selected one artwork by their artist. Carefully selected 21 works are going to be presented in a gallery space, visible from Pańska street. The exhibition “Showroom” is a comment to the discussion about relationship between public institutions, private galleries in the context of the art market. “Showroom” is not an art shop, but rather an examination of the condition of current private galleries’ environment.

Contemporary Lynx is aimed at international audience and so we wondered whether WGW’s art programme has been adapted to the needs of foreign visitors. How easy will it be to participate in WGW events without knowing Polish language?

Warsaw Gallery Weekend is already an international event. This year we will host a large group of foreign journalists, collectors, art critics and artists from over 10 countries. With that in mind, all the accompanying materials are bilingual – Polish-English. That includes our newsletter, leaflets, press releases at the galleries. Some guided tours will be given in English as well. There is no way that foreign guest will not be able to fully participate in our event this year.

Today’s growing group of collectors and an increase in public funding of contemporary art projects has made Warsaw a place of unique opportunity and artistic energy. This year’s Warsaw Gallery Weekend is a must-see event and a real celebration of contemporary art for everyone. Save the 27-29 September weekend to visit the capital of Poland.

On this occasion, Contemporary Lynx prepared a fun art quiz about Warsaw galleries. Follow us daily on facebook to learn more about Warsaw’s vibrant contemporary art scene. We have prepared cool prizes for winners to be collected at the galleries during the WGW.

The photography presents owner and art directors of galleries participating in Warsaw Gallery Weekend this year, photo Zuza Krajewska i Bartek Wieczorek / laf-am.com, courtesy of WGW, Warsaw 2013

The photography presents owners and art directors of galleries participating in Warsaw Gallery Weekend, photo Zuza Krajewska i Bartek Wieczorek / laf-am.com, courtesy of WGW, Warsaw 2013

 

Maurycy Gomulicki “Mermaid” based on a ceramic decoration from the 60’s designed by J. Ciaś, vinyl mural, 2013, courtesy of Leto Gallery

 

 

Warsaw old city, photo Slawek Kozdras, 2012

Warsaw old city, photo Slawek Kozdras, 2012

More info here:

http://www.warsawgalleryweekend.pl/en/about

Prepared by Sylwia Krason

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