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JANEK SIMON – ‘1985’

In the ’80s, Poland was torn between two contradictory realities – communism and capitalism – trying to “decolonise” itself while being “colonised” at the same time, reacting to new needs, desires, products and visual culture.

A COLLECTION

There is a shelf full of books neatly lined and piled up to fit in the tight space. We can see a postcard as well on the shelf, some old ticket, a souvenir brought from the last holidays which may look a bit tacky to the outsider. This is, however, unimportant, because the little souvenir brings about such a great deal of memories, as if bustling inside, waiting to be recollected again and shape us as persons…

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A MODERN SHAMAN

Candles, incenses, vases endowed with luscious breasts, horses against the backdrop of an endless horizon, burning sun, chanting female voice and a staggering fountain, stream of water flowing straight out of woman’s womb…

PORTFOLIO: ANNA PERACH

She works with mixed media techniques to create two- and three-dimensional objects inspired by Slavic folk stories and traditional craft techniques juxtaposed with contemporary materials and narratives.

RECORDINGS – INTERVIEW WITH BOŻENA CZUBAK

Bożena Czubak is a founder of the Warsaw-based Profile. Additionally, she curates the three-year Recordings project – a series of live recordings’ screenings featuring happenings, performances…

KOBRO AND STRZEMIŃSKI: GREAT IDEAS IN THE TIMES OF GREAT TURBULENCE

A couple of modernist artists, Kobro and Strzemiński, got married in the year 1920. They were planning to move immediately to Paris hailed as the capital of the pre-war avant-garde movement…

ARE YOU SITTING COMFORTABLY? THE DISTURBING MAGIC OF LIVE ART

I’ll be honest with you – for a long time I didn’t quite ‘get’ performance art. I have clear memories of my desperate cerebral acrobatics, trying to find the meaning behind Chris Burden’s martyred…

THE MAJESTIC NATURE OF MANUFACTURING – ON THE CONCEPTUAL SOUND PROJECT ĀMURS

Āmurs is the title of a third studio album recorded by Jacek Doroszenko and Rafał Kołacki – the artistic duo known as Mammoth Ulthana.

REALITY CHECK – IN CONVERSATION WITH BRANKA BENČIĆ

Croatian-based curator and art historian Branka Benčić talks about her upcoming exhibition “Six Memos” which will open to the public on the 23rd November at the Labirynt Gallery in Lublin.

XXI CENTURY POLISH SCULPTURE ON AUCTION

Ten beautiful sculptures are going under the hammer on 1 December at Sopocki Dom Aukcyjny – department in Bydgoszcz. Why not to join in the bidding and buy a great gift for Christmas?

I DON’T REALLY LIKE HISTORY THAT MUCH, IT ANNOYS ME

Sława Harasymowicz in conversation with Roma Piotrowska. (…) ‘I’ve lived in London for over 15 years, and I found myself gradually pushed out towards the outskirts. I love the city but in the end…’

WŁODZIMIERZ BOROWSKI: RESISTANCE AND PERSISTENCE

‘I met Włodzimierz Borowski in 1968, when he was showing his action/exhibition at the Odnowa Gallery in Poznań. That was the Eighth Syncretic Show entitled Sensitization to Colour…’

PARIS PHOTO 2018

From 8 – 11 November, a real photo fest took place in the capital of France – Paris Photo. This largest collector’s photography fair was organised for the 22nd time. See Michał Korta’s stunning black and white photography.

CAN ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE CREATE A WORK OF ART? – THE PATCHLAB FESTIVAL 2018

The Patchlab Digital Art Festival organised by Photon Foundation, is an annual event of the latest technologies and new media art held in Krakow.

ADRIAN RIKLIN AND ANTONIS STACHEL | ART COLLECTORS

Adrian Riklin and his partner Antonis Stachel share their home with more than 2.000 works of art and are famous for the most entertaining guided tours! Learn how it all started and find out what…

8 YOUNG ARTISTS TO WATCH — 38TH EDITION OF THE MARIA DOKOWICZ COMPETITION

This year marks the 38th edition of the competition for the best diploma project for students who are about to finish their studies at the University of the Arts…

ONE EXHIBITION, MULTIPLE PERSPECTIVES – AN EXHIBITION OF WORKS BY ARTISTS FROM ŽITNJAK ATELIERS IN ZAGREB

Visitors to Günter Grass Gallery in Gdańsk currently have the opportunity to enjoy an exhibition of works by Croatian artists. Interview with Marta Wróblewska.

PAINTERS/ DIRECTORS/ ARTISTS

How an artistic background affected filmography of some of the famous directors. Art and cinema rely on visuality, though they approach it from different angles. By definition, the film seems like a natural extension of painting, an image…

PHOTOSTORY: ARTISSIMA ART FAIR

Between 2 and 4 November, Contemporary Lynx took part in the Artissima Art Fair in Torino. We were presenting the new issue of the Contemporary Lynx Magazine with the cover designed by Justyna Górowska.

THE RENAISSANCE OF TEXTILES

The International Tapestry Triennial will take place for the 16th time at the Central Museum of Textiles in Łódź in 2019. It is the oldest and the most important presentation of phenomena connected with the medium of textiles…

THE SMELL OF EUROPEAN ORIENT

Central and Eastern Europe is a unique region in the context of the Old Continent as a whole. For ages there has been an impression that the region was “out of place” and did not fit as an integral part of the greater entity.

DISQUIETING BEAUTY OF COMMUNIST ARCHITECTURE – HALLOWEEN EDITION

Have you ever wondered what would be a perfect Halloween starter pack? Cut-out pumpkins are classic, but you could also follow the new parenting trend of imposing a candy tax on kids’ trick or treat loot…

WHAT’S NEXT AFTER TORINO PORTA NUOVA?

A subjective guide to art fairs and exhibitions in Turin: Turin’s central train station, is the place to which many visitors will flock to take part in the Italian city’s 2018 Contemporary Art Week. May we ask, what’s there to see in the city…

SCREWS, BRICKS, HANDLES…ORDINARY OBJECTS IN THE LENS OF NATALIA PODGÓRSKA

Natalia Podgorska is a London-based photographer, whose practice focuses on everyday objects. Amongst portraits and still-lives, she photographs products…

PORTFOLIO: GABRIEL ORŁOWSKI

The leitmotif of his works is a post-human world – hollow, yet full of traces, signs and objects, that used to be functional, but have become incomprehensible. Orłowski sees his practice as a ridiculous, trippy paradocumentary…

OPINION JOURNALISM IS NOT OUR FOCAL POINT

Based on the interview with Sebastian Cichocki. ‘When I enter the rooms of Galeria Labirynt in Lublin where the exhibition entitled The State We Are In is presented, at first, I feel uncertainty and slight anxiety…

A COLLAGE MADE OF SYMBOLS AND REFLECTIONS – AN INTERVIEW WITH JUSTYNA GÓROWSKA

Contemporary Lynx spoke to Justyna Górowska, a visual artist and performer who created the cover of the latest issue of our magazine.

POLISH PRESENCE AT FRIEZE LONDON

The winner of this year’s Frieze Award, women, performative shift and Polish artists living abroad. Some people love it, some people hate it but Frieze Art Fair is the most important art event in the UK. It was established in 2003…

WILL AI REPLACE CURATORS?

Artificial Intelligence in Museum and Galleries. Virtual assistants – Siri, Cortana, Alexa, chatbots, automatic hashtags on images and recommendation system algorithms- have already become a staple of our digitalised everyday lives.

DO YOU KNOW HOW TO RECOGNISE THE RIGHT SLAV?

The phenomenon of Slav squatting is coming to the MeetFactory – Prague–based art gallery. The project was inspired not only by post-Soviet street culture, but also…

WOMEN BEHIND OR IN FRONT OF THE CAMERA: ON THE MAGIC AND SOUL OF ANALOGUE PHOTOGRAPHY

The 4th edition of the Vintage Photo Festival is just around the corner. Interview with Katarzyna Gębarowska, the festival’s organiser.

AGNES HUSSLEIN | HEIDI HORTEN COLLECTION

A talk with the former director of the Belvedere museum, Agnes Husslein, about collecting art and the first-ever public exhibition of The Heidi Horten Collection at the Leopold Museum. 

HIGHLIGHTS OF FRIEZE WEEK LONDON 2018

A major moment in the international art world calendar has arrived! Art collectors, aficionados, professionals, and luminaries from all around the globe flock to London to explore astonishing exhibitions, spectacular events and…

PORTFOLIO: MIKOŁAJ MAŁEK

The artist’s works are created on the margins of painting and sculpture. He often uses found materials. His creative method assumes the accumulation of remains after the breakdown of microcosms or memory loss.

SUBJECTIVE GUIDE TO VIENNA CONTEMPORARY AND OTHER SATELLITE EVENTS

Vienna Contemporary kicks off on 27 September. This fairly young art fair provides us with an opportunity to visit the capital city of Austria…

EMBRACING DIFFERENCE

Justyna Scheuring, in conversation with Roma Piotrowska. I design experiences, mainly for those who choose to participate in social and cultural events. I’m doing this to ask questions about life, social participation, and presence itself.

DESIGN FLOWS THROUGH LONDON’S VEINS. HIGHLIGHTS OF LONDON DESIGN FESTIVAL

London has again been transformed with an inspiring programme of visceral exhibitions, unique landmark projects, breathtaking installations and sensory events.

ANTI–STATIC: AN EXHIBITION BY THE DEPARTMENT OF INTERMEDIA, UNIVERSITY OF ARTS IN POZNAN

Intermedia, as the title of the ANTI-STATIC exhibition suggests, is the opposite of immobility, stagnation, lack of vitality. These works are full of alternate…

ART IN THE URBAN SPACE: MEET 12 ARTISTS WHOSE WORK WILL STOP YOU IN YOUR TRACKS

Meet 12 artists who present their work in public spaces during the 10th Festival of Art in Public Spaces – OPEN CITY in Lublin.

ICONIC FIGURINES HAND-MADE IN ĆMIELÓW

‘New Look’ inspired four Polish artists, Lubomir Tomaszewski, Henryk Jędrasiak, Mieczysław Naruszewicz and Hanna Orthwein, to create something that would be a perfect decoration for a modern, middle-class home.

THE PHENOMENA OF ENCOURAGEMENT. IN CONVERSATION WITH PAWEŁ ALTHAMER.

“When Althamer arrives at the workshop everyone stops what they are doing and comes to greet him. He tells me that he is like a nuclear power station, generating energy with the help of others (…)”

WE, THE ARTISTS

The subjective guide to the 10th Berlin Biennale.
‘(…)The revolution is overrated, so let’s repeat the title of this year’s Berlin Biennale: “We don’t need another hero”, whoever he or she might be….’

INGRID AND THOMAS JOCHHEIM l COLLECTORS

Ingrid and Thomas Jochheim began to collect art shortly before they got married. In this video collectors show their Berlin apartment and talk about their relationships with art and artists.

PORTFOLIO: MARTA KRZEŚLAK

She uses ready-made objects made of plastic, garbage or everyday objects to create nature-like compositions, which resemble coral reefs, and fish and seaweeds floating on water. She reflects on the notion of nature…

PHOTO FESTIVALS – OPEN CALLS

Open call is a democratic way of inviting artists to take part in a photo festival. Here’s a short list of the best photography festivals where you can apply via an open call to boost – or kick off – your artistic career.

I WORK WHILE TRAVELLING: INTERVIEW WITH MARTA WĘGLIŃSKA

A universal thread demonstrating Węglińska’s coherent perspective on the nature of human existence subject to constant change runs through the exhibited pieces…

THE GUIDE TO THE UPCOMING FESTIVALS, PHOTO COMPETITIONS AND PORTFOLIO REVIEWS WORTH KNOWING AND APPLYING FOR NOW

September 2018 abounds in photography, competitions and festivals. We present a selection of the most exciting events.

ŁUKASZ PATELCZYK – ABOUT ROMANTIC GEOMETRY AND COSMIC ABSTRACTION

On the occasion of a new solo exhibition of Łukasz Patelczyk at the Platan Gallery in Budapest, we talk with the artist about his technique, inspirations and plans. In ’’The Signs in the Sky’’ he presents his works.

YOUNG GRADUATES FROM POLISH ARTS ACADEMIES TO WATCH — SEE OUR TOP FAVOURITES!

Every year, I look forward to the exhibitions featuring works of art by recent graduates. Here is our top four of the graduate art projects presented in Gdańsk.

THE PROBLEM OF THE INSTANT AESTHETICS

Conversation with Paweł Fabjański on contemporary commercial photography. Photography continues to undergo fast-paced changes; technology develops, new trends emerge, our perception of photographic image changes…

II IN FINLAND – WHERE LOCAL COMMUNITY MEETS INTERNATIONAL ART PROFESSIONALS

The Art Ii Biennial is organised in Ii – a rural area of northern Finland, since 2008. This year edition of the biennial entitled “The State of Matter” was structured around the theme and images of water.

ABSTRAKCE.PL: THE ABSTRACT IN POLISH PAINTING 1945 – 2017

The Abstrakce.PL exhibition prepared by the Museum of Art in Olomouc as part of its presentations of Central European art offers a panorama of Polish abstract art from 1945 to our time.

ROMAN FUCHS | COLLECTOR

‘Without a collector there is no gallery, there is no artist, there is no art scene.’ – In the video Roman Fuchs talks about his art collection and shows Villa Fuchs — a residency with a sculpture park, where he lives with his family and works of art.

PHOTOSTORY: 8 LAND ART FESTIVAL

The motto of this year’s edition of Land Art Festival was “Holy Day”. According to the organiser – “a holy day has got many positive aspects, it is a time of building common values of peace, joy, suspending anger and differences”.

LIVING AND BREATHING MOCAK

Would you like to know how does a day in a life of a director of a contemporary art museum look like? We talk with the director of the MOCAK in Krakow about her everyday life, encounters with artists, relationship with the team, and…

PORTFOLIO: WIKTOR DYNDO

Meet our Young Lynx Wiktor Dyndo, a painter who investigates issues of multiculturalism, international terrorism, religious conflicts and media manipulation. Dyndo cleverly translates his knowledge of current global affairs into visual language.

WOJCIECH FANGOR – NOTHING REMAINED THE SAME

On the 60th anniversary of the premiere of the artist’s ground-breaking installation named “The Study of Space” in Warsaw, you can see the iconic paintings by Wojciech Fangor in the capital again…

SUMMER DESTINATIONS – ART RESIDENCIES

You can’t imagine better places to work on art projects and relax at the same time! We recommend 5 best destinations for artists wishing to develop their practice – Barcelona, Shanghai, the Swiss Alps, Buenos Aires and Lisbon!

APP AND NEW MEDIA ART: HOW MOBILE APPS HAVE CAPTURED ARTISTS’ IMAGINATION

Following video, game, net, and other experimental new media art practices, artists have turned their attention to smartphones, to explore this new…

VIDEO STORY #2: STANISŁAW FIJAŁKOWSKI AND HIS TRANSCENDENT WORLDS

Stanisław Fijałkowski is one of the most renowned Polish painters of the 20th century. Distinct in Polish art, deeply rooted in spirituality, philosophy, literature and European symbolism…

IS POLISH FAMILY NUCLEAR?

Family Values. Polish Photography Now – exhibition. You don’t have to go to Warsaw or Kraków to learn more about Polish photography. You can now see some of it in London, thanks to the Polish season at Calvert 22, involving an exhibition…

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.

MAURYCY GOMULICKI. LE JARDIN DES DÉLICES ÉLECTRIQUES

Thank you for joining us at the White Villa on the 23rd of June. Together with LETO, and Biała during one of the shortest nights of the year, we had a chance to present you the magic garden of electric, neon light…

INTERACTIVE PLAYGROUND

We recently had the chance to meet with the team behind the Centrum Sztuki WRO / WRO Art Center – Piotr Krajewski and Paweł Janicki. We discussed the original idea, its evolution and their plans for the future.

5 ARTISTS, WHO HAVE LEFT A MARK ON THE ARTISTIC LANDSCAPE OF AMSTERDAM

An international atmosphere in Amsterdam is generating a vibrant and diverse art scene. Its rhythms are influenced by the city’s vast variety of museums, galleries and project spaces.

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.

PORTFOLIO: EWA DOROSZENKO

Her artistic research addresses questions of contemporaneity, especially the meaning of the image in technological reality. She uses the possibility of digital picture manipulation, together with photography and painting in a classic way.

4 PHOTOBOOKS ON HOLIDAY RESORTS YOU MUST SEE

If you wish to escape the sweltering heat of these months, dive in the sea of photography and swim with the bookish tide, check out our books’ selection. Written by Marta Kaźmierczak from Bookoff.

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…

A TRULY PEACEFUL REVOLUTION – 68 WORKSHOPS OF REVOLUTION

Revolution, contestation, freedom, social transformation – such leitmotifs were addressed during 68 Workshops of Revolution. We report on the nature of the events the Workshops involved.

QUALITY RULES THE ROOST

Contemporary Lynx spoke to Peter Bläuer, the Founder and Director of LISTE, to find out more about the fair’s highlights, its secretive selection process, why it is vital to support upcoming artists, and much more.

THE ART MAGAZINES 2018 REVIEWED BY ROMA PIOTROWSKA (VIDEO)

Roma Piotrowska surprised us with her latest video where she is talking about her favourite art magazines. She gives a good insight into the small world of art publishing. Watch what you can find…

OUR SUBJECTIVE GUIDE TO ART FAIRS AND EXHIBITIONS IN BASEL

This week all eyes of the art world are on Basel – a small Swiss city, attracts the leading gallerists, collectors, art enthusiasts and representatives of both public and private arts organisations.

REDISTRIBUTION: POZNAŃ ART WEEK 2018

Artistic expression across 30 venues on the map of Poznań, featuring both acclaimed artists and the ones at the beginning of their careers – this summarises the second edition of Poznań Art Week 2018.

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.

ALL THAT’S LEFT IS A HANGOVER THAT WON’T GO AWAY

The curators advertise the exhibition as a spiritual journey through Poland, on which you set off to better understand and possibly challenge typical Polish mentality…

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.”

CZECH CONTEMPORARY JEWELLERY IN LONDON

The fourth edition of London Craft Week returned to London with over 200 events taking place across the capital. On this occasion, Contemporary Lynx team had a pleasure to talk to designers from Prague.

MICHAEL MACK ON PUBLISHING AND BOOKS

Michael Mack is the founder of London-based independent art and photography publishing house – Mack Book. Mack works with established and emerging artists, writers and curators…

ART IN YOUR POCKET

It has been ten years since the first ever mobile app store was introduced. Since then, mobile applications took our reality by storm. Today, one cannot imagine communications, entertainment or shopping without using…

PORTFOLIO: NORBERT DELMAN

He is a multidisciplinary artist working in various media. In his work, he focusses on the issues of physicality, carnality and gender by exploring culture and aesthetics of bodybuilding and fitness. He is also a co-founder of Stroboskop art space.

10 EXTRAORDINARY SCULPTURES OF 21ST CENTURY

We selected 10 extraordinary sculptures, which are going under the hammer on 25 May at the auction, organised by Sopocki Dom Aukcyjny in Bydgoszcz. Which one is your favourite?

PHOTOSTORY FOR DESIGN LOVERS

Design lovers from all around the world are coming to Łódź this week. We have prepared a photostory and coverage directly from Łódź for these who will visit this design celebration and also for those who will not be able to attend it.

QUEER IN POLISH REALITY

‘It’s impossible for gays to be themselves in Poland’ said in 2007 Robert Biedroń, at that time a president of the organization Campaign Against Homophobia. Has the situation improved over the last ten years, since Biedroń made the statement?

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 CAMERA SEES AND RECORDS EVERYTHING: A TOUR OF BUDAPEST

Following many word-of-mouth recommendations, I decided to spend the long May weekend in Budapest. It’s a city of great traditions, which cultivates its art history day in, day out.

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…

CARTE BLANCHE

On the 26th April was the premiere of a new experimental art programme ‘Carte Blanche’ in Warsaw launched by LETO, Contemporary Lynx Magazine and Biała. The idea is to give young promising artists an opportunity to exhibit their works…

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.’

PORTFOLIO: BARTOSZ CZARNECKI

In his works, he introduces the vibrations of the image by blurring the details. With every next ‘spot’, he says, he moves away from the moment when one can see the real character and approaches the ‘forgotten portrait’.

PHOTOSTORY: SEE ART BRUSSELS 2018 THROUGH LYNX’S LENS

Thank you to all who have visited Contemporary Lynx’s stand in the media zone during the 50th Art Brussels 2018. And huge thanks to the organisers of Art Brussels for their hard work.

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…

ART BRUSSELS 2018 AND OTHER MUST-SEE SHOWS IN THE CITY

Retaining its youthful profile as a discovery fair, Art Brussels, one of Europe’s most original fairs, celebrates its 50th anniversary. On this occasion, between 19 and 22 April, we can expect…

REVIEW: ANDRZEJ WRÓBLEWSKI AT DAVID ZWIRNER GALLERY IN LONDON

Andrzej Wróblewski at David Zwirner Gallery. The giant of Polish art gets his first solo show in the UK. We may be experiencing a renaissance of post-WW2 Polish art in the United Kingdom…

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.

 

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