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Warsaw Gallery Weekend (WGW) took place on the last weekend of September. More than 20 galleries were open till late and presented special programmes and exhibitions, artists opened their studios, public institutions invited collectors and curator to discussions, galleries arranged performances, concerts and tours. A city plan was necessary to find many of the listed venues but once you did, you entered wonderful, experimental, alternative art spaces. Some are in old communist blocks of flats (Dawid Radziszewski Gallery), on main streets among shops (Monopol), in basements (Czulosc) or perched on the top floors of historical buildings (local_30). There is no rule. Some of the others, are located more centrally, with windows on the main street (Raster Gallery) or far away from the city centre (Leto Gallery). The atmosphere during WGW was welcoming and you got a chance to be toured around by the gallery’s host.

Warsaw art scene is often called up-and-coming. Many local critics and curators still see the art scene as provincial with a complex and envy towards more established art centers in Berlin or Vienna. However, for those from outside of Warsaw (like us), the WGW offered a unique feel and its own take on contemporary art – without the need to make it feel like somewhere else. We came to Warsaw to enjoy Warsaw, be surprised and intrigued by it. We cherish the independence in Warsaw galleries where one feels that they showcase whatever they find interesting, with little evidence of treating art merely as business or cold economic calculation. See WGW 2014 through Lynx’s lense and take it as an invitation to Warsaw for the next year. Just make sure you bring comfortable shoes and a city plan.

Warsaw, photo Contemporary Lynx, 2014

Warsaw, photo Contemporary Lynx, 2014

local_30, Warsaw, 2014, photo Contemporary Lynx

lokal_30, Warsaw, 2014, photo Contemporary Lynx

Warsaw, photo Contemporary Lynx, 2014

Le Guern, photo Contemporary Lynx, 2014

Le Guern, photo Contemporary Lynx, Warsaw, 2014

Le Guern, photo Contemporary Lynx, 2014

Le Guern, photo Contemporary Lynx, Warsaw, 2014

Le Guern, photo Contemporary Lynx, 2014

Le Guern, photo Contemporary Lynx, Warsaw, 2014

Le Guern, photo Contemporary Lynx, 2014

Warsaw Gallery Weekend, photo Contemporary Lynx

Warsaw Gallery Weekend, photo Contemporary Lynx, Warsaw 2014

Galeria Salon Akademii, photo Contemporary Lynx Warsaw 2014

Galeria Salon Akademii, photo Contemporary Lynx, Warsaw,2014

Galeria Salon Akademii, photo Contemporary Lynx Warsaw 2014

Warsaw, photo Contemporary Lynx, 2014

Warsaw, photo Contemporary Lynx, 2014

Aleksander Bruno Gallery, photo Contemporary Lynx, 2014

Aleksander Bruno Gallery, photo Contemporary Lynx, Warsaw, 2014

Aleksander Bruno Gallery, photo Contemporary Lynx, 2014

Aleksander Bruno Gallery, photo Contemporary Lynx, Warsaw, 2014

Warsaw, photo Contemporary Lynx,

Warsaw, photo Contemporary Lynx, 2014

Aneta Grzeszykowska, Raster Gallery, Warsaw, photo Contemporary Lynx, 2014

Aneta Grzeszykowska, Raster Gallery, Warsaw, photo Contemporary Lynx, 2014

Aneta Grzeszykowska, Raster Gallery, Warsaw, photo Contemporary Lynx, 2014

Aneta Grzeszykowska, Raster Gallery, Warsaw, photo Contemporary Lynx, 2014

Warsaw, photo Contemporary Lynx, 2014

Stereo, Dom Slowa Polskiego, Warsaw, photo courtesy of Contemporary Lynx

Stereo Gallery, Dom Slowa Polskiego, photo Contemporary Lynx, Warsaw, 2014

 

Dom Slowa Polskiego, photo Contemporary Lynx

Dom Slowa Polskiego, photo Contemporary Lynx, Warsaw, 2014

Dom Slowa Polskiego, photo Contemporary Lynx

Dom Slowa Polskiego, photo Contemporary Lynx, Warsaw 2014

 Fundacja Archeologia Fotografii, Warsaw, photo Contemporary Lynx

Fundacja Archeologia Fotografii, photo Contemporary Lynx, Warsaw, 2014

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Warsaw, photo Contemporary Lynx, 2014

Monopol, photo Contemporary Lynx, 2014

Monopol Gallery, photo Contemporary Lynx, Warsaw, 2014

Monopol, photo Contemporary Lynx, 2014

Monopol Gallery, photo Contemporary Lynx, Warsaw, 2014

Monopol Gallery, photo Contemporary Lynx, Warsaw, 2014

Monopol Gallery, photo Contemporary Lynx, Warsaw, 2014

Monopol, photo Contemporary Lynx, 2014

Monopol Gallery, photo Contemporary Lynx, Warsaw, 2014

Warsaw, photo Contemporary Lynx, 2014

Warsaw, photo Contemporary Lynx, 2014

Dawid Radziszewski Gallery, photo Contemporary Lynx, 2014

Dawid Radziszewski Gallery, photo Contemporary Lynx, Warsaw, 2014

Dawid Radziszewski Gallery, photo Contemporary Lynx, 2014

Dawid Radziszewski Gallery, photo Contemporary Lynx, Warsaw, 2014

Dawid Radziszewski Gallery, photo Contemporary Lynx, 2014

Dawid Radziszewski Gallery, photo Contemporary Lynx, Warsaw,  2014

Starter Gallery, Photo Contemporary Lynx, Warsaw 2014

Starter Gallery, Photo Contemporary Lynx, Warsaw, 2014

Starter Gallery, Photo Contemporary Lynx, Warsaw 2014

Starter Gallery, Photo Contemporary Lynx, Warsaw, 2014

Warsaw, photo Contemporary Lynx, 2014

Warsaw, photo Contemporary Lynx, 2014

BWA, photo Contemporary Lynx, Warsaw 2014

BWA Gallery, photo Contemporary Lynx, Warsaw, 2014

Fundacja Profile, , photo Contemporary Lynx, 2014

Fundacja Profile, photo Contemporary Lynx, Warsaw,  2014

Warsaw, photo Contemporary Lynx, 2014

Warsaw, photo Contemporary Lynx, 2014

Czulosc Gallery, Warsaw, photo Contemporary Lynx, 2014

Czulosc Gallery, photo Contemporary Lynx, Warsaw, 2014

Czulosc Gallery, Warsaw, photo Contemporary Lynx, 2014

Czulosc Gallery,  photo Contemporary Lynx, Warsaw 2014

Czulosc Gallery, Warsaw, photo Contemporary Lynx, 2014

Czulosc Gallery, photo Contemporary Lynx, Warsaw 2014

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Warsaw, photo Contemporary Lynx, 2014

Svit, Warsaw, photo Contemporary Lynx, 2014

Svit, Warsaw, photo Contemporary Lynx, 2014

Svit, Warsaw, photo Contemporary Lynx, 2014

Svit, Warsaw, photo Contemporary Lynx, 2014

Warsaw, photo Contemporary Lynx, 2014

Warsaw, photo Contemporary Lynx, 2014

Pola Magnetyczne, Warsaw, photo Contemporary Lynx, 2014

Pola Magnetyczne, photo Contemporary Lynx, Warsaw, 2014

Pola Magnetyczne, Warsaw, photo Contemporary Lynx, 2014

Pola Magnetyczne, Warsaw, photo Contemporary Lynx, 2014

Warsaw, photo Contemporary Lynx, 2014

Galeria Asymetria, Warsaw, photo Contemporary Lynx, 2014

Galeria Asymetria, Warsaw, photo Contemporary Lynx, 2014

Galeria Asymetria, Warsaw, photo Contemporary Lynx, 2014

Warsaw Gallery Weekend, photo Contemporary Lynx, Warsaw 2014

Warsaw Gallery Weekend, photo Contemporary Lynx, Warsaw 2014

Warsaw Gallery Weekend, official poster, Warsaw 2014

Contemporary Lynx was a proud media partner of Warsaw Gallery Weekend

words: Sylwia Krason

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