Issue 1 (5) 2016

The Aesthetics of the 90s

Slavs & Tatars ◦ Paulina Ołowska ◦ PinchukArtCentre ◦ Marek Cecuła ◦ and more

Cover designed by Maurycy Gomulicki

The third issue of Contemporary Lynx deals with the aesthetics of Eastern Europe during the 90s and so provides us with an exciting opportunity to analyse the relations of art, pop culture and the everyday life of that decade in connection to the things happening here and now.

Contemporary Lynx aims to map and highlight innovative Polish work in contemporary art and this issue is no different. You will find it full of powerful themes of exploration and identity; asking challenging questions like why are we so keen to relate to that specific period of transformation twenty five years ago (an interview with artist Marzena Nowak, the articles: Back to the 90sHead, Body, Art, and Recent Past Revisited); why contemporary artists are so fond of the aesthetics of Eastern and Central Europe in the 90s (Marinella Paderni, the article On the Absurd, Architecture, Living Rooms, and a Soviet Symbol); and a discussion of what, exactly, is Eurasia (an interview with Slavs & Tatars).

We have rounded this nostalgic journey in time and space up by the following pieces — one on the artists experimenting with techno and disco music that used to dominate illegal rave parties (Sound Lab); an article showcasing photography by Agnieszka Rayss exposing the condition of post-communist countries; an examination of the success of Silesian design (BlockLove), and an exploration of the worldwide phenomenon of the Polish School of Poster.

The other sections, interviews and articles are devoted to given issues and artistic journeys (Katowice, Wrocław) and are complemented by stunning visuals made exclusively for us — portraits by Michał Korta, collages by Mateusz Szczypiński and (last but not least) a bold and impressive cover designed by Maurycy Gomulicki.

The third issue of the magazine has, thus, taken on the form of a curator’s space-exhibition entitled Back to the 90s. So, follow us into this fantastic and thought-provoking world that we have created especially for you in the following pages. We guarantee that it will lead you on an unforgettable journey of nostalgia and new discoveries.

12 In the spotlight

17 Paulina Ołowska. For Your Eyes Only

20 Slavs & Tatars. Language Can Obscure as Well as Reveal

28 Marzena Nowak. Being In-Between

34 Maurycy Gomulicki

46 Polish Painters of Poster. The Art of Metaphor

52 Marek Cecuła. A Day in the Life

54 Back to the 90S. Art & Beyond


BlockLove: The Third Life of Blocks in Katowice

68 Mapping the 1990s. An Overview of Recent Exhibition Projects Covering This Decade

76 Soundlab

79 Head, Body, Art

84 Marinella Paderni. An Eye on Each Side


It Begins in Wrocław

100 Pinchuk Art Foundation. Tomorrow Has Begun

105 Expert’s pick. Tamara Lempicka

106 PostcART

111 On the Absurd, Architecture, Living Rooms, and a Soviet Symbol Photography

120 Agnieszka Rayss. I Reminisce and Cry for Life


134 On Our Shelf


  • Griffin Art Space



  • Dobromiła Błaszczyk,
  • Anna Dziuba,
  • Harriet Halsey,
  • Sylwia Krasoń,
  • Maja Lorkowska,
  • Magdalena Niedużak,
  • Helena Postawka-Lech,
  • Anna Prokop,
  • Anna Tomczak,
  • Monika Waraxa,
  • Kuba Żary,
  • Magdalena Anna Zięba


  • Monika Waraxa
  • Mateusz Szczypiński

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