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ARTICLES 2018


ARTS ROUND-UP 2018 – POLISH PRESENCE ABROAD

Our selection of the top 10 art events of 2018 includes most notable exhibitions, publications and artists who’ve made a name for themselves in the past year. The following list is divided into two sections…

TOP 10 ARTICLES OF 2018

We published over 100 articles in our online weekly magazine. Check out the most read articles so far, this year. But, why don’t you tell us, what was your favourite Contemporary Lynx piece and why do you remember it? Happy reading!

PORTFOLIO: ANNA RACZYŃSKA

Her sculpture and installation work mixes different techniques and is always inspired by places, forms and items encountered in the contexts in which they are presented. Carefully crafted objects are mostly drawing from the visual reality of daily life.

ARTSY UPS AND DOWNS 2018

It’s been fun! But wait, are you sure you haven’t missed anything? Here’s a pithy summary of what happened in the art world this year. From the heavily covered and significant to LOLs and WTFs – catch up on the artsy ups and downs 2018.

THE SECRET OF SORROW

The 12th “Sputnik over Poland” Russian Film Festival. Russia and Russian nature are both fascinating and disturbing issues for Poles due to the historic background of the two countries. There are numerous people in Poland interested in…

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…

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…

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?

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.

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 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.

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…

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…

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…

VIDEO STORY #3: MAGDALENA ABAKANOWICZ

Magdalena abakanowicz was the artist who changed the perception on textiles. Wath the video about work and life one of the well known artist from Poland…

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.

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.

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.

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.

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….’

ART COLLECTORS | INGRID AND THOMAS JOCHHEIM

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.

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…

ART COLLECTORS | ROMAN FUCHS

‘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!

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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?

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…

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…

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’.

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…

THE NOMAD’S SPACE

The books we’ve selected will transport you into another dimension, with no commitments, obligations and consumerist impulses to accumulate stuff. Why don’t you immerse yourself in the visual richness of nature depicted in…

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…

PORTFOLIO: JUSTYNA MĘDRALA

Justyna Mędrala is a visual artist focused on drawing, sculpture and installation. She thinks about the origins of the form as about something that comes with the material because it’s stuck in it. The materials that she uses: beeswax…

JUMP INTO THE FUTURE

A collection, generous donation and a scandal at the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam. Until March 4, 2018 the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam hosts the Jump into the Future exhibition that occupies an entire first-floor…

SENSUAL AWAKENINGS

The new generation of young women artists exploring gender and sexuality:
Maisie Cousins
Paola Ciarska
Alba Hodsoll
Yasmine Akim

“WHAT IS LOVE? BABY DON’T HURT ME”

Synergising music, performance and spectacle, DEEP TRASH Romance took place on Saturday 10th February. Conventional heteronormative narratives of love and intimacy were replaced by queer stories.

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”

PORTFOLIO: KAROLINA BALCER

Karolina Balcer is a painter and video artist, she also creates site-specific installations in public spaces. Her artistic actions centre around the topic of the architecture seen as a tool to organise a social life.

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…

6 ART COMPETITIONS WORTH KNOWING

Art competitions are the great opportunities for artists worldwide, offering wide exposure and very often attractive prizes. We selected for you some of the most interesting art competitions around the world.

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.

PHOTOSTORY FROM LYNX’S EVENT IN LONDON

Thank you to our readers and friends for joining us at the stunning venue Calvert 22 Bookshop on the 31st of January to celebrate our latest Contemporary Lynx Magazine: An evening of live art and music.

A SUBJECTIVE GUIDE TO ART ROTTERDAM WEEK 2018

Art lovers from all around the world are coming to Rotterdam this week. A unique and exciting opportunity to visit a wide variety of art fairs and breathtaking exhibitions awaits there.

WHAT TO READ THIS WEEK: 29 JAN – 04 FEB

Feeling overwhelmed by the number of content on your news feed?
Look at the ‘What to read this week: ’29 JAN – 04 FEB’ – a weekly list of articles worth reading found online by Contemporary Lynx Team.

PORTFOLIO: MARTYNA KIELESIŃSKA

She expanded her workshop by using her recordings, film and advertisement clips. She is interested in the structure of the video. She searches for patterns, which can serve as a template during a video montage.

PAINTINGS THAT SMASHED AUCTION IN POLAND

When we think about 2017 it seems that we have a reason for the optimism when we think about sales. And what about Central Europe? Here you can find 3 highest sales in Poland.

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.

AN ART LOVER’S ESSENTIAL LIBRARY

For the beginning of the new year, we present you three must-have books on the classics of 20th century art. To understand what is happening in contemporary art now, we shouldn’t forget the lessons by classic artists.

6 ARTISTS TO WATCH IN 2018

What will be the upcoming year in the world or art? For many of you, it might still be a puzzle.
Contemporary Lynx already knows which artists you should follow in 2018! Want to know more? Check it out!