Warsaw, Poznań and Białystok, as well as many other Polish cities, were virtually razed to the ground during World War II, suffering under the subsequent marches of hostile armies. Meanwhile, Kraków, the biggest and most crucial city of southern Poland, remained almost untouched. How did Kraków make it through the war with hardly a scratch?
4 June 2015 during the event 'From the Baltic to the Black Sea via Spain' book-lovers from the British Isles will have the opportunity to learn about contemporary Polish literature. Famous works of Polish literature will be presented by translator and award-winner Antonia Lloyd-Jones.
If you like to get scared you’ve got the right country. Classic Polish-directed horrors as shown, for instance, by Rosemary’s Baby will send shivers down your spine and leave you wanting more. Below you can find Culture.pl’s selection of 8 such movies, which have the potential to creep you out.
The Library of Congress has rediscovered a unique collection: 111 volumes of the Emblem of Good Will signed by 5.5 million Poles in 1926. The gift was given from Poland to the USA on the 150th anniversary of American independence. The Library of Congress is currently working to digitize the collection.
Szymon Brodziak’s photographs will be presented beside the works of legendary artists Helmut Newton and Frank Horvat. The exhibit "Newton. Horvat. Brodziak" will be on display at the Helmut Newton Foundation from 4 June until 15 November 2015.
Bodo Kox received the special mention award in the ScriptTeast competition for his screenplay entitled The Man with the Magic Box. The main prize went to Simeon Ventislavov and Milko Lazarov for their Nanook project.
The fourth edition of the Culture.pl Superbrands award was presented to the Museum of the History of Polish Jews. The award has been established by the Adam Mickiewicz Institute in collaboration with Superbrands Poland, with the aim of recognising artists as well as cultural institutions that are the most effective in ensuring the presence of Polish culture abroad.
Polish author Ziemowit Szczerek finds the heart and backbone of Poland along the E7 express highway from Kraków to Warsaw. In his new book, the strip of civilization that cropped up along this road over the years becomes the ultimate symbolic space of Poland
Hanna Polak’s documentary, which took 14 years to create, talks about Russian children pushed to the social margins. The touching Something Better to Come is a grim, but beautiful film about hope.Read more »
If you think that broke people can’t travel, you’re wrong. They shouldn’t go to Doha or Copenhagen, but there are places no less interesting and far more affordable – places like Poland. You can spend all your life savings here, but alternatively, knowing a few things tourists usually don’t know, you can have a wonderful time for just a few złotys.
This film by Lech Majewski, woven out of oneiric imagery, is a story about making a sense out of a world devoid of hope and meaning. Despite its pretentiousness, it also has intriguing moments.Read more »
The legendary performance at the Laboratorium Theatre directed by Jerzy Grotowski is the last work of the theatre artist and is considered to be his most radical one. The show took four years to prepare, and premiered in 1969, causing political and moral scandal.Read more »
After the success at the Design Fair in Milan in 2014 the Taste of an Object exhibition from Gdynia returns to the capital of Lombardy. The works will be innovatively displayed with their culinary interpretations in the Polish Pavilion during the Pomeranian Week at EXPO 2015.
Not so long ago the word ‘porcelain’ brought to mind delicate antique or contemporary china in traditional design. Well established china manufacturers, like Cmielów, churned out their tea and coffee, dinner and breakfast sets to be bought by solid middle class families in china shops.
The Polish-Swedish drama “The Here After” (Intruz) directed by Magnus von Horn with photography by Łukasz Żal will have its world premiere at the 68th Cannes Film Festival when it is shown at the prestigious Quinzaine des Réalisateurs, or Directors’ Fortnight.
Luiza Jacob's label Dream Nation received the Designer of the Year 2014 title at the independent fashion fair HUSH Warsaw. This was yet another shot in the arm for the designer who has faith in Poles' willingness to dress comfy, joyfully, green, and consciously.
In the Internet era music video clips have become a crucial element of popular culture. Nowadays it is not uncommon for a band or musician to get more attention for a music video than for the music itself. This selection doesn’t focus, however, on the popularity of the video clips but on something that may be more interesting – their originality.
The film by Maciej Sobieszczański and Łukasz Ronduda is a story about Oskar Dawicki, one of the most interesting Polish contemporary artists, and an experiment combining cinema, performance, and art exhibition. The film won the THINK: FILM AWARD at Berlinale 2015.Read more »
From posters and visual identities to magazine designs: Modzelewski’s portfolio includes an impressive range of graphic forms. His works can be found in the Warsaw underground, around Mokotów’s Field and on the museum windows in the capital.
Designed for the spring and summer 2013, Tribe is the first collection created by Dream Nation in cooperation with a sewing and digital printing company from Łódź, and its largest commercial success so far.Read more »
The Malta Festival Poznań 2015 is coming. For a 25th time the urban space will be transformed into a huge outdoor musical and theatre stage. There will be Thomas Mann, Michael Nyman and important questions about the role of art in the disputed visions of a new world
Two Polish films have been honored at the DocumentaMadrid 2015. This festival features thirty-four documentaries from all over the world, and awards are given for full-length and short documentaries. Hanna Polak won the Second Prize of the Jury for Something Better to Come, and Michał Szcześniak won a special mention for his short film Starting Point (Punkt Wyjscia).
The show premiered in the Nowa Łaźnia Theatre in Kraków and the Dramatic Theatre in Warsaw during the 4th Divine Comedy Festival. Paweł Demirski’s play was brought to the stage by Monika Strzępka.Read more »
The works of art which were confiscated, stolen, or burnt on Polish territory between 1939 and 1945 number hundreds of thousands. Here, we haven't written about those which were destroyed and lost forever, but instead focus on the ones which still exist somewhere, and remain to be found.