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2017: The Centenary of Polish Avant-garde

Exhibitions, concerts, performances, publications, lectures, conferences… These and other events organised by dozens of museums, theatres, galleries, and other cultural and educations institutions will mark the centenary of the avant-garde movement in Poland.

2017 marks the hundredth anniversary of the first significant manifestation of the Polish avant-garde.  The three museums with the richest collections of avant-garde art – the National Museum in Warsaw, the National Museum in Kraków and Museum of Art in Łódź – have embarked on an initiative to celebrate the centenary.  With the Polish Committee for UNESCO as an honorary patron and almost 50 institutions in cooperation, the events have found partners across Poland. 

There will be exhibitions and programs remembering the most important figures and phenomena of the interwar avant-garde, as well as those who developed the guiding principles for the post-war avant-garde.  There will also be projects that interrogate the heritage of the avant-garde in contemporary cultural practices. 
The Polish avant-garde

The opening at the headquarters of the Kraków Society of Friends of Fine Art and the exhibition of Polish Expressionists on 4th November 1917 is cited as the symbolic beginning of the Polish avant-garde.  This event anticipated the extraordinary activity of these artists in the interwar years.  The exhibition included over a hundred works from eighteen artists.  From that group emerged the Formists, who created and promoted ideas of new art.  These artists included Leon Chwistek, Tytus Czyżewski, Zbigniew Pronaszko, Henryk Gotlib, Jan Hrynkowski, Tymon Niesiołowski and Andrzej Pronaszko. 

The avant-garde had a pan-European scope and influenced the development of modern aesthetic thought and artistic practice all over the world.  The artists involved presented new insights into the forms and functions of art and were distinguished by their openness to experimentation and the constant search for new forms.  This openness directly influenced the cultural activities of subsequent generations.  At the time, Poland was an important centre of the movement and Polish artists contributed a significant, original quality.  The works of Władysław Strzemiński, Katarzyna Kobro, Stanisław Ignacy Witkiewicz, Tadeusz Peiper and Szymon Syrkus represented a major voice in the international discussion on modernity and put Poland on the map as a notable centre of world culture. 

The Polish avant-garde not only radically changed the character of Polish culture and shaped further developments in the visual arts, literature, film, theatre, and architecture, it also transformed the experience of reality in a meaningful way.  The one hundredth anniversary of the birth of the Polish avant-garde is an excellent opportunity to draw the public’s attention to the movement and to highlight the role it plays in shaping contemporary culture.  Despite its significant influence on the present shape of our lived environment – from urban design and architecture, through industrial design and fashion, to visual signs of mass communication – the importance of the avant-garde remains poorly recognized.


Continue reading here: http://culture.pl/en/article/2017-the-centenary-of-polish-avant-garde

The best works of the Polish nationwide photographic competition 7LIVES of fineLIFE organised by the fineLIFE.pl magazine

The jury composed of: Lidia Popiel, Bogusław Linda, Jacek Poremba and Piotr Welc will choose the best works of the this year's photographic competition. The main prize is a two-year scholarship at the faculty of photography at the Warsaw Film School.

7LIVES of fineLIFE is a contest for aspiring photographers which reaches out to talented photo and film creators, as well as patronage and support for young photography.

The competition consists of seven parts and the themes of the tasks are inspired by the masterpieces of the greatest impresarios of cinema, photography and music. The winners are announced each month. In addition to the main prize, it also offers participation in professional workshops organised by Leica and an internship in one of the leading advertising agencies. Furthermore, the most outstanding authors honoured by the patron of the contest - the HP company- is awarded with modern printing equipment.

In October, the participants interpret the slogan "Dead Souls".

"The proposed theme is so broad that when seeking an idea for a photo, one can draw inspiration from the seasons of the year, the work of Gogol, Joy Division records, the spirits of the dead or the ambience of abandoned lofts", explains Lidia Popiel, editor-in-chief of the fineLIFE magazine and chairwomen of the jury.

"This is just the second edition of 7LIVES and we already managed to get a prestigious group of partners. The works will not only be judged by camera masters, but also by representatives of domains that exploit from the rich heritage of film and photography on a daily basis- such as Leica and the Association of Advertising Agencies", adds jury member, Piotr Welc.

The competition is promoted in an unusual way. In addition to the traditional online marketing activities, a series of seven limited postcards and "postcard stamps" have been released, referring to the seven tasks of the competition. With the launch of the first assignment, the first postcard is presented. On how to get such a card one can learn by following fineLIFE's profile on Facebook.

The competition runs till the 31st of May 2012.

For more info and details go to: http://7lives.finelife.pl.

The media sponsor of the completion is web portal Culture.pl


Photo above: The winning photograph of the first edition of the 7LIVES of fineLIFE competition: Barbara Abramowicz

"Wrong Time, Wrong Place", photo: press materials

Source: press release

Exposición Pensamiento cautivo


Pensamiento cautivo. La tiranía de la imagen en la
fotografía polaca despúes del año 1945

19 de septiembre - 3 de octubre

Círculo de Bellas Artes MADRID


Exposición "Polonia, tesoros y colecciones artísticas"

por Danuta Pustkowska


Hasta el 4 de septiembre se puede visitar en el Palacio Real de Madrid la interesantísima exposición Polonia: Tesoros y colecciones artísticas. Inaugurada por los Reyes de España y el Presidente de Polonia, es una de las grandes exposiciones de la temporada,  anunciada por todo Madrid como el principal acontecimiento artístico del momento. Es además la primera vez en España que se presenta una exposición dedicada al patrimonio histórico-artístico de Polonia. La muestra forma parte de un proyecto conjunto de intercambio cultural entre ambos países, y se complementa con la exhibición de obras de las Colecciones Reales españolas que se celebra en este momento en el Museo Nacional de Cracovia.

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