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Mirosław Bałka, 229 x 118 x 75,  2017, steel, terrazzo, felt, 229 x 118 x 75 cm, Installation view Galerie Nordenhake; photo: courtesy the artist and Galerie Nordenhake Berlin / Gerhard Kassner

The first ever solo exhibition of works by Polish artist Mirosław Bałka in the Czech Republic will be on display at the Gallery of Contemporary Art and Architecture – House of Art in České Budějovice in December 2017.

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Jan Dziaczkowski, Sushi Monster, from the series Japanese Monster Movies, 2009, collage

A collage is altogether an extremely difficult art form. Besides the technical precision required to assemble it, a collage has to tell a story on a single blank page by drawing from snippets of other stories through photographs and sketches. These 5 Polish collage artists knew how to combine elements from the past and present to create something new and subversive.

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The greatest Polish reporter of the interwar period, known as the father of Polish reportage, Melchior Wańkowicz, photo: Aleksander Jałosiński / Forum Chat Conversation End

Journalists strive to tell the stories of events but also, more importantly, people. Throughout their careers, these Polish journalists exemplified the standards of journalistic excellence while constantly innovating the story-telling medium for journalists all over the world.

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Hańba, photo: M. Sitkiewicz, G. Szewczyk/promo materials

The word ‘folk’ can often box in musicians and force them to craft their sound to fit the traditional vibe of Polish folk music. The modern Polish folk scene tosses this limit on creativity out the window without forgetting their roots. These six bands continue to innovate and blend genres seamlessly. Folk your life up and enjoy!

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Zbigniew Warpechowski, Dialogue with fish, 1973, Lublin Theatre Spring, photo: courtesy of the artist / Zachęta - National Gallery of Art

The art of performance has always been a realm of innovation and a nexus of creativity. The artist is not only its author but the main artistic material as well. These Polish performance giants took their works to new levels and revolutionised their mediums.

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Wojciech Kilar, 2007, Varsóvia, fot. Stefan Maszewski / Reporter / East News

Behind every great film is a great soundtrack. Here are 6 must-know Polish composers that are masters in their field.

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Karina Marusińska, Cores, porcelain, gold, 2008, photo: Justyna Fedec

The following young Polish women are changing the world of ceramic design.

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Jacek Malczewski, Thanatos, 1898-99, oil on canvas, photo: Ewa Gawryszewska / National Museum in Warsaw

From neo-Romanticism to post-Impressionism, the following painters defined the Young Poland movement by combining modern artistic trends with the stateless yet proud Polish identity.

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Henryk Tomaszewski, Witold Gombrowicz, History, a poster for New Theatre in Warsaw, 1983, courtesy of Filip Pągowski

These six legendary artists defined the world-renowned Polish School of Posters, famous for its iconic and symbolic aesthetic.

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Night Marks Electric Trio, photo: press mat.

The following Polish musicians meld genres to create the smooth tracks you’ll definitely be adding to your playlist.

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Roman Polański in Wajda's Pokolenie, photo: Filmoteka Narodowa.

The rebirth of cinema in Poland after World War II is inextricably linked to the Łódź Film School, an oasis of progress and artistic freedom amid the stifling culture controls of the communist regime. Here are six of the Łódź Film School’s famous alumni.

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Photo from the series 7 Rooms, Rafał Milach

The following Polish photographers distinguish themselves from the field with their breath-taking documentation of life in the 21st century.

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Photo from Tadeusz Kantor's cricotage Gdzie są niegdysiejsze śniegi/Where Are Last Year's Snows, Actors: Lesław Janicki, Wacław Janicki, Zbigniew Gostomski; photo: Caroline Rose, Riverside Studio

The following Polish theatre directors cemented their legacies by pushing the boundaries of the classical methods and expanding the realm of possibilities played out on the stage.

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Katarzyna Kobro, around 1930-1931, photo: courtesy of Muzeum Sztuki in Łódź

Culture.pl presents seven of the most awaited and crucial artistic events for Polish art around the world in 2017.

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Paulina Ołowska’s Alphabet, photo: courtesy of the artist and Metro Pictures

Which artists most influenced culture in 2016? Whose works were presented at the most prestigious events, and who had the greatest retrospectives in the most important museums? Here’s the list of the Polish artists you may have heard about in 2016.

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