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ALL THAT YOU CAN HAVE. ART BASEL 2019

ALL THAT YOU CAN HAVE. ART BASEL 2019

Those of you who at least once were at the Art Basel fair know this feeling, when watching the works in the same moment we feel admiration for quality because almost every stand is a presentation of outstanding works that in regular term we can see at some museum, but on the other hand we can almost touch a commercial character of the event…

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5 ARTISTS TO LOOK OUT FOR AT THIS YEAR’S FOTOFESTIWAL IN ŁÓDŹ

International Festival of Photography in Łódź, which takes place between the 13th and 30th of June, includes over thirty exhibition openings and a rich noteworthy programme of accompanying events. In June, the entire city of Łódź lives and breathes Fotofestiwal. Here’s our selection of top five artists you should definitely check out during this year’s Fotofestiwal.

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6 ARTWORKS WE LOVED AT ART BASEL UNLIMITED

This year 38 artists are shown during Unlimited. This section is curated by New York-based curator Gianni Jetzer. It’s a pioneering exhibition platform for massive sculpture and paintings, video projections

LISTE – PRODUCING THE PRESENT

In June the small city Basel becomes the most important trading market for artworks in the world. If you are looking for new discoveries in contemporary art you need to visit LISTE – Art Fair Basel.

KUŹNIA SKAŁY: SAY HELLO FROM YOUR STUDIO

The architect Marcin Skalski is the founder of Kuznia Skały (Stones Forge) – an arts & craft project that derives inspiration from blacksmithing and woodworking in the countryside.

REINFORCING LISTE’S ART

Next week we’re heading to Basel for the most renowned contemporary art fairs in Europe. But before we catch our flight we spoke with Joanna Kamm, the Director of LISTE art fair.

POLISH POSTERS: 30 YEARS OF FREEDOM

We present 16 posters created by some of the finalists of the art competition organised by Gdańsk Foundation. The artists had to interpret the word “Freedom” and reflect on three decades of Poland after the turn.

WHAT WE LOVED AT THE ŁÓDŹ DESIGN FESTIVAL

ynx team explored this year’s edition of the festival, hunting for the exceptional designs, beautiful objects and innovative ideas. See the photos and find out what brands stole our hearts…

FROM PAPERMAKING TO THE “KITCHEN LITHO”.

How to learn the traditional and innovative printmaking and textile art techniques? Łódź holds a unique position on the map of artistic events in Poland also thanks to such initiatives as PATA…

PORTFOLIO: MATEUSZ KOŁEK

Mateusz is a Polish illustrator heavily influenced by traditional and popular art in Asia, as well as comics, early Renaissance art, Slavic legends, and Soviet sci-fi movies. For over a dozen of years, he has been collaborating with multiple media…

THE ARCHITECTURE OF LISTENING

Something bizarre happened after pioneering sound installation artists in the 1970s declared that sound can be used in art as a sculptural material and an entity in itself: the art world (eventually) listened. But not to sound itself…

KUTA HOUSE

Designer Robert Kuta and photographer Ala Wesołowska through their new project “Second Life” joined the global discussion on overproduction of clothes and sustainability. Robert Kuta is an artist and designer who under the name Kuta House…

PHOTOSTORY: TASTE ART!

Thank you for attending our event TASTE ART! A Multi-sensory Evening of Eastern European Gems at the Romanian Cultural Institute in London. The event brought together artists: Alex Mirutziu and Piotr Krzymowski. See our photos.

ART RESIDENCY: ANDRIUS ARUTIUNIAN

We talked with Andrius Arutiunian, an Armenian-Lithuanian composer and sound artist in based in The Hague and Vilnius. He was taking part in the residential program at the BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art in Gateshead…

PHOTOSTORY: WZORY DESIGN FAIR IN WARSAW

The spring edition of ‘Wzory’ (‘Patterns’) – one of the largest interior design trade fair was held in April in Warsaw. Contemporary Lynx took part in this exciting event. We had a chance to see lots of inspiring…

PHOTOSTORY: VENICE BIENNALE 2019

The 58th International Art Exhibition is open to the public unitl 24 November 2019. See our photogallery and follow our subjective art guide where we recommend the some Pavilions and collateral exhibitions in Venice.

BLUE INNOVATIONS: KEEPING INDIGO PRINTING ALIVE

Meet four contemporary Czech designers who create exceptional, high quality hand-made items using traditional indigo printing techniques for decorating fabrics. The exhibition takes place at the Vitrinka…

ALICJA KWADE: TRANS-FOR-MEN

Exhibition Review from Finland: Espoo Museum of Modern Art (EMMA). Known for sculptural installations that disrupt viewers’ perception of time and space as fixed organising systems, Alicja Kwade draws from physics…

THE INFLATED PRESENT – ZUZANNA CZEBATUL

In her conversation with Zuzanna Czebatul, Karolina Kliszewska undertakes a critical evaluation of the themes explored in the T-Kollaps exhibition at Gdańsk City Gallery.

THE NETWORKING CENTRE BETWEEN EAST AND WEST

The ArtVilnius will take place between 30 May and 2 June in Lithuania. This year, this biggest visual arts event in Eastern Europe celebrates the 10th anniversary. On this occasion, the director Diana Stomienė…

ART RESIDENCY: MAESS

We talked with Maess, an intermedia artist who connects in her practice visual arts and music. She has a broad experience when it comes to international residencies for artists. Last year she took part in the Residency Unlimited…

PORTFOLIO: PAULINA KOROBKIEWICZ

Her work explores public space, particularly in the urban context. She uses bookmaking, and is interested in how the political transition influenced contemporary landscape and interiors in Poland as well as in the neighbouring…

THE LINES OF AUTHORSHIP GET BLURRY…

Videoart installations by Róża Duda and Michał Soja have gained considerable acclaim in Poland and abroad even though the artists have graduated fairly recently from the Krakow Academy of Fine Arts. In early February, I met with both artists…

MAKING THE LYNX COVER

In the new issue we focus on art that impacts on all the senses and its interaction with a viewer. We present a series of essays concerning taste, smell, hearing, sight, touch, as well as new senses such as the awareness of time passing or…

UNIKKE DESIGN: SAY HELLO FROM YOUR STUDIO

Unikke Design equals: unique, modern, functional and unexpected. Behind this jewellery brand stays Olga Guzik – a designer who is on the constant search for new solutions…

6 ART COMPETITIONS YOU NEED TO ENTER IN 2019

Check out our selection of art competitions worldwide. We chose the art contests with a potential of winning cash prize and participating in exhibitions or residencies. See the dates, deadlines…

PHOTOSTORY: MATEJ AL-ALI IN LONDON

Contemporary Lynx team had a pleasure to see the first solo show in the UK by Matej Al-Ali the Iraqi-Czech artist based in Prague. His works use craft and industrial production to articulate the current transformation of our understanding…

SALONE INTERNAZIONALE DEL MOBILE DI MILANO

The world’s largest furniture and design fair. The international furniture and design fair Salone Internazionale del Mobile di Milano takes place annually in the town of Rho, Milan…

SHORT WAVES FESTIVAL 2019. OUTSIDE THE BOX

This year’s edition of the Short Waves Festival organised in Poznań had an incredibly rich and inspiring programme of screenings and additional events. The young and energetic organisers…

RITE OF PASSAGE

Jagoda Szelc has moved Polish cinema to realms it had never ventured to conquer with her debut full-length film Tower. A Bright Day (2017). This naturalist and dreamlike film stirred up viewers’ emotions and intrigued them with its ambiguity…

9 MUST-VISIT DESIGN FESTIVALS IN 2019

We selected for you a handy list of design festivals taking place in 2019. From Rovaniemi to Lodz, from Milan, Bucharest and Prague and London. What is your favourite and which one are you planning to visit this year?

“INNOCENT COLONIES” KATARZYNA SWINARSKA

The issue, or as we might even put it, the “problem” of immigrants is one of the most frequent topics of discussion these days. From daily TV news, through to press coverage, social debates and…

PORTFOLIO: BARTOSZ ZASKÓRSKI

Zaskórski’s areas of work include drawing, book design, writing and recording audio plays, and creating objects. As a musician, he works under the moniker “Mchy i Porosty” (Mosses & Lichens) and usually performs melancholic danceable music.

“POSTAWY” — YOUNG ARTIST CONTEST

Among many contests for young artists organised in Poland “Postawy” is one of those worth a mention. The contest is held annually and its organizer is the Eugeniusz Geppert Academy of Art and Design in Wroclaw…

BMW’S ART CAR PROJECT

Art Dubai’s exclusive car partner, BMW Group Middle East brings one of its BMW Art Cars to the Middle East for the very first time. The 1989 BMW M3 Group A racing version, created by Ken Done, one of the most significant painters…

PHOTOSTORY: BALTIC MINI TEXTILE

I think that the times when fabric and textile were considered as pure craft are long gone. It is a full-fledged field of art. It is the language of communication with the viewer, a way to convey emotions, and a field for experiments…

ART RESIDENCY: PIOTR URBANIEC

“De Ateliers is famous for being the biggest, the most beautiful and super weird. It’s a match. Before coming here, I was mostly doing research in my bedroom and a swimming pool was my studio…”

LET’S MEET MARINA

Last week we took part at the preview of Marina Abramović exhibition at CoCA Toruń. This is an edition of Marina Abramović’s biggest retrospective in Europe organised together with the Moderna Museet in Stockholm…

MANUFAKTURA PORCELANY: SAY HELLO FROM YOUR STUDIO

Manufaktura creates a characteristic porcelain that matches modern interiors and people with passion. We asked the founder, about her daily routine, the most essential objects at work and what sucks.

POLISH FEMALE CURATORS’ QUESTIONNAIRE

In the late 19th and early 20th century, one of the most popular forms of entertainment among European elites and noblemen was answering the questions of the Proust Questionnaire. I decided to play the same game with…

RAW BAROQUE IN A SANGUINE SAUCE

“Sanguine. Luc Tuymans on Baroque” in Fondazione Prada in Milan. A rather long list of 63 artists take part in the exhibition currently presented at the Fondazione Prada gallery. The high number of artists participating reflects the dramatic…

PHOTOSTORY: FROM LONDON’S COLLECT 2019

Yesterday, we visited a press preview of Collect 2019 – an International Art Fair for Modern Craft and Design, taking place at the Saatchi Gallery in London. The fair is organised for the 15th times by Craft…

#romemylove – ALL ROADS LEAD TO ROME…

This saying is familiar to everybody. For ancient Romans, the Imperial Roads were a pure engineering marvel, and the foundation of a logistical network that allowed efficient transit and communication throughout the Empire…

ART RESIDENCY: FLOW – ON THE BOAT

In the era of environmental crises, social solidarity and activism seem to shape our existence and this new form of participation in society occurs largely through art and socially engaged projects. The river becomes a common starting…

PERFORMANCE REINVENTED

Is performance only a series of compulsive moves made by a performer or a strange story told with the use of attributes and gestures deprived of their original intended meaning? Or is it a parallel world to which artists take their viewers…

PORTFOLIO: KAROLINA WOJCIECHOWSKA

In her works, she often juxtaposes a man with the monumental landscapes, showing in this way the superiority and inability to control the nature. She presents her characters facing the situation of threats posed by ecological disasters, wars…

PROJECT ROOM: 120M2 OF IDEAS

We talked to two prize winners of this year’s edition of the Project Room Awards, a competition organised by the Ujazdowski Castle Centre for Contemporary Art. Every year the Centre invites several young artists to participate in…

ECO-FRIENDLY VALENTINE’S DAY

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. Why not celebrate it in harmony with nature with eco-friendly, sustainable design? Give your other half a beautiful and unique present created in an ethical and environmentally-friendly way.

KAROL HILLER: A DRAWN-ON-FILM PICTURE OF THE WORLD

Karol Hiller is a photographer, painter and graphic designer who perfectly represents an exemplary artist of the early 20th century. This intellectualist, experimenter and social activist was a well-rounded…

STRUGGLING WITH DOUBLENESS

A new Netflix documentary about Stanisław Szukalski had been discussed in Poland quite some time ago. Talks began as soon as it was announced that Leonardo DiCaprio was going to finance a movie about this extraordinary Polish artist…

ART RESIDENCY: NATALIA ZAŁUSKA

The residencies are becoming increasingly popular due to the mobility at a scale previously unknown. It is difficult to provide a clear definition of what an artistic residency is, as there are so many types, from small-scale residencies…

OUR GUIDE TO THE TOP ART FAIRS IN 2019

From Brussels to Miami, here’s our subjective guide to favourite fairs happening around the globe in 2019. Art Basel Hong Kong, Frieze LA, Art Brussels, Art Basel Liste Art Fair in Basel, Liste Art Fair in Basel and more.

PORTFOLIO: MICHAŁ SROKA

He works across media focusing on installation, collages, sculpture and painting. Sroka often uses raw materials such as wood, metal, concrete or plywood. In his expressive and monochrome paintings and drawing…

AS IF THE PAST WAS A FUTURE

Demon’s Brain is an installation conceived as a result of Polska receiving the prestigious Preis der Nationalgalerie award in autumn 2017. This multi-channel video installation was specially created for the Hamburger Bahnhof…

ALL POWER TO THE IMAGINATION!, [fragments]

‘[Bogusław Szwacz] belonged to the 1910 generation, which the literary scholars have studied thoroughly, but which art historians seemed to have largely overlooked (…)’

ART COLLECTORS | BERNHARD AND RUTH MOSS

Bernhard Moss started buying art when he was a student. Soon after, he met his wife Ruth, who joined him in his passion for contemporary art. I met the couple in their house at Baumgartenhöhe…

ART RESIDENCY: PERFORMANCE AS A TOOL

In conversation with Maja Bekan: ‘I always use performance as a tool to generate my works. Mostly, I’m working here on my research, I’m meeting a lot of people and just trying to expand my knowledge. There is a lot of things happening…’

IN ARTS, DREAMS COME TRUE

Stories behind private art collections electrify audiences. Whether big or small, national or thematic, they are always steeped in rich history, fascinating anecdotes and most importantly, the owner’s passion and unique sensibility.

WELCOME TO THE COUNTRY WHERE THE GYPSY WAS HUNTED

The work of Polish Roma artist Krzysztof Gil explores cultural history and memory, in a dialogue between past and present that seeks to draw attention to forgotten stories. Interview with Krzysztof Gil.

TRASH OF THE DAY

More gym, less alcohol, healthy gluten-free food – New Year means new self. We buy new clothes to create a new version of self, in a new style for a new profile picture on Facebook or LinkedIn. New Year, new me. We can also take advantage…

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…

 

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