Sienkiewicz jokingly associated cycling with the wheel of fortune, Prus persuaded Żeromski to try the new sport, and Skłodowska-Curie chose the bicycle as a means of travel on her honeymoon. Culture.pl presents an array of anecdotes from the chronicles of Polish cycling. Read more »about: Two-Wheel Drive: The History of Cycling in Poland
Fashion designer, the first art director of Moda Polska, co-architect of the enterprise’s success. Jadwiga Grabowska was born in Warsaw in 1898, died in her hometown in 1988. She has always been interested in fashion, and engaged in it professionally out of necessity. Read more »about: Jadwiga Grabowska
Since time immemorial, music has accompanied people, often used to commemorate important events. So, put on your headphones, turn the volume up, and experience some defining moments in Polish history through the sounds of some famous names from Polish music. Read more »about: A Musical Journey through Polish History
If you’re in Warsaw during winter, but can’t find a fireplace to read a good book in front of, you’ll probably want to consider going outside. Despite the low temperatures, or sometimes even thanks to them, there’s a lot of, yes, ‘cool’ stuff to do in Poland’s capital, including ice skating, seeing outdoor illuminations, and going to a concert. Read more »about: Cool Things about Wintertime in Warsaw
A new anthology of short stories and essays celebrates Joseph Conrad on the 150th anniversary of his birth. What do these 21st-century versions of Conrad have to tell us about our world today?
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When reading Polish Romantic literature, you may be bewildered at how unusual it seems, especially compared to its French, English, and American contemporaries. There may be similar themes and philosophy behind it, but something feels off, something is different from other romanticisms. Culture.pl is here to explain what makes Poland’s version of Romanticism unique. Read more »about: Poland's Unique Take on Romanticism: Why Is It So Different?
Weddings in Kielce, communist-era film chronicles, avant-garde Hungarians, improvised punk, post-club music, echoes of the Holocaust and Georg Philipp Telemann. Culture.pl's Filip Lech brings you his subjective, and most eclectic, playlist celebrating Poland's diverse music scene in 2017. Read more »about: Music from Poland in 2017: A Subjective Mixtape
Antoni Bohdanowicz peers into a work of art belonging to his family, given to them by Andrzej Bobrowski who received it from the artist himself: Stanisław Frenkiel. As he examines how the striking work makes him feel, he reminisces about the life of an artist in exile who never got the recognition he deserved in his homeland. Read more »about: Stanisław Frenkiel & The Death of Marat
For many centuries, pagan religions had officially disappeared from European countries. But recently, thousands of people seem to be flocking back to the traditions of their ancestors. That’s why, among the many religious organisations registered in Poland, one of the biggest is now the Native Slavic Faith – the faith of the olden days. What seems to be the appeal? Read more »about: Roots Revival: How Slavic Faith Returned to Poland
‘Polish cuisine is likely to become recognised worldwide’, claims Fabio Parasecoli, director of food studies at the New School in New York, who has written about Polish cuisine in the Huffington Post. Culture.pl takes a look at global trends which will affect the development of Polish cuisine in 2018. Read more »about: A Year in Polish Food: Culinary Trends for 2018
An Art Deco icon, a woman dandy and Madonna’s favourite painter. Tamara de Lempicka’s legacy is very much alive, trespassing the borders of art history and philosophy, boldly entering into fashion, photography, literature and music videos. Culture.pl examines the painter’s wild life and presents a snapshot of her ever continuing influence.
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The winged horsemen or the hussars were a uniquely Polish kind of cavalry sometimes called ‘one of the world’s most efficient units’ due to their spectacular victories. Thanks to their unparalleled skills, carefully-designed lances and unique tactics they won against most opponents, even when heavily outnumbered. But their seeming invincibility couldn’t last forever. Read more »about: Poland’s Winged Knights: From Invincible Glory To Obsolescence
Although many people have never heard of them, the bicycle units of Poland’s interwar military were involved in some of the most dramatic war episodes of the 20th century. Learning how bicycles made the difference during the Polish-Bolshevik War and World War II may just change what you think you know about the phenomenon of cycling. Read more »about: Fighting a War on Bicycles: A Secret Polish History
An exceptional persona among Polish fashion designers, the first lady of minimalism. The first fashion designer after the system-wide transformation of 1989. At that time she was already distinct from what was happening on the market. This distinctness still defines her today.
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Loneliness and finding one’s roots. Family, lies and death. Contemporary Poland and a historical, international investigation. These are some of the topics that Polish documentaries took on this year. Culture.pl presents the best Polish documentaries of 2017. Read more »about: The Best Polish Documentaries of 2017
Janek Turkowski’s Margarete tells the story of a woman he didn’t and couldn’t have ever known. He attempts to reconstruct her life based on snippets of film he discovered in an old cardboard box. The performance is a reflection on memory, how it can be recorded and perceived. The play will be performed at the prestigious Under the Festival in January 2018. Read more »about: Turkowski’s Margarete at the Under the Radar Festival
Maria Joanna Juchnowska is a Polish designer working in Oslo. First and foremost she does ceramics – she uses this medium to create both everyday use items, jewellery and sculptural forms, often accompanied by video and performance art. She is interested in craft and ceramics handwork and also in utilising industrial production leftovers. Read more »about: Maria JJ Juchnowska
A wall unit, or ‘meblościanka’ in Polish, is a segment furniture for small apartments designed by Bogusława and Czesław Kowalski in 1961 for a competition. It went on to mass production after a series of successes at competitions and design exhibitions. Read more »about: Wall Unit – Bogusława & Czesław Kowalski
The Oskar Hansen: Open Form exhibition will showcase various aspects of the Open Form theory, the basis of the architectural, artistic and pedagogical practice of the Polish architect Oskar Hansen. The exhibition, which has already been presented in Spain, Portugal, USA and Poland, will be on show at the National Gallery of Art in Vilnius. Read more »about: Oskar Hansen’s Open Form in Vilnius
Poznań Game Arena is the biggest computer games event in Poland. It’s also the best opportunity to explore the most interesting independent Polish games. This year’s edition held in mid-October gathered 125 local exhibitors, who presented a vast collection of games. Culture.pl presents a subjective overview of the best Polish computer games of 2017. Read more »about: The Best Polish Independent Computer Games of 2017