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Jerzy Bereś (2007), photo by Kuba Suszek / Reporter / East News

Jerzy Bereś was born in 1930 in Nowy Sącz. He was a student of Xawery Dunikowski, sculptor, author of happenings, using his body as one of the fundamental elements of his creative material. He died on 25th December, 2012 in Kraków.

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Tourist attractions in Cracow Gallery of Steel Figures, photo: The Gallery of Steel Figures

Just outside Warsaw, there’s a small town that’s home to an unexpected attraction: a very special gallery where all the sculptures are made from metal salvaged at a nearby scrapyard.

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Izabela Tarasewicz, photo artist's archive

Iza Tarasewicz has been invited to the 32th edition of the Modern Art Biennale in São Paulo – one of the world’s most important visual art exhibitions.

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Barbara Falender, Erotic Pillow, marble, photo courtesy of the Studio Gallery in Warsaw and Centre of Polish Sculpture in Orońsko

We owe the creation of exceptional sculptures to a coincidence. Barbara Falender was fascinated by the impressions of body on bed sheets.

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Paweł Althamer, Observer, 1995, collection of the Ludwig Museum, Cologne (Germany), view from the exhibition Paweł Althamer Incites, Zachęta – National Gallery of Art, Warsaw 2005, photo courtesy Zachęta

Observer is clad entirely in black: long trousers and a coat, with a white shirt collar and cuffs sticking out from underneath. His hands are covered by leather gloves, metal mesh face is hidden behind glasses, while his head is topped by a hat. Slightly hunched, he is holding a film camera near his face.

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Stanisław Szukalski, Cecora, bronze, 1927, private property, photo.: http://szukalski.com

Sculpture’s title refers to the battle of 1620 when Polish forces led by the Grand Hetman of the Crown Stanisław Żółkiewski fought with the Turkish-Tatar troops. Szukalski’s work shows the head of the Grand Hetman in a very particular way.

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Krzysztof Wodiczko, Vehicle, 1973, photo courtesy of the Foksal Gallery

Vehicle was a mobile platform which could only move only in the “correct,” forward direction, just like the economy – according to the propaganda.

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Some of the curators of The Anything Goes Museum, photo: promo materials / MNW

The Anything Goes Museum is a museological and educational experiment sure to challenge our pre-conceptions about what museums can do. In an unusual move, it puts children in charge of preparing the main temporary exhibition at the National Museum in Warsaw.

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In The Crowds by Magdalena Abakanowicz, which the artist has been creating since 1985, almost identical humanoids stand next to each other, sometimes made out of jute sacks and sometimes moulded in bronze.

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Joanna Malinowska, Chronicle of the Latter World, photo courtesy the artist

Joanna Malinowska, who is permanently based in New York, was chosen as one of ten artists participating in the exhibition Broadway Morey Boogie. The artists' works were displayed along New York's Broadway, from Columbus Circle to 166th Street.

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Mirosław Bałka, A Boy and an Eagle, 1988, the collection of the Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw, photo: Bartosz Stawiarski/MOMA Warsaw

Mirosław Bałka's sculpture was created especially for the Sculptures in the Garden exhibition, organised by Anda Rottenberg in 1988 in a park adjacent to a pavilion of the Association of Polish Architects. It is a confrontation between the artist's childhood experience, a traditionally perceived Polishness, and Bałka's readings of Burroughs and Joyce.

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Olaf Brzeski, Dream – Spontaneous Combustion, 2008, polyurethane resin, soot, ash,  photo courtesy Czarna Gallery, Warsaw

Brzeski's piece was inspired by a physicist's lecture on fires, which he ended with the statement: “but, ladies and gentlemen, in reality a fire is nothing else than a matter changing its form.”

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Elżbieta and Emil Cieślar, photo courtesy of the artists

Sculptors, designers, performers, creators of installations and other forms of ephemeral art, artistic and political activists.

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Zbigniew Oksiuta, photo: Albert Zawada / Agencja Gazeta

He was born on April 8th 1951 in Mulawicze. Artist and architect. In his work he blends a few different fields: art, architecture and biology. Since 1981 he has been living and working in Cologne.

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Olaf Brzeski, Art Is Violence, 2006-2007, glazed ceramics, latex, wood, various dimensions, photo: courtesy of the artist

Olaf Brzeski’s catalogue is the first attempt to approach the artist's rich oeuvre and its whole range, with sculpture taking centre stage.

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Selected spreads from the album August Zamoyski by Zofia Kossakowska-Szanajca. Photographs: Eustachy Kossakowski, text: Zofia Kossakowska-Szanajca, graphic design: Krzysztof Racinowski, publisher: Arkady, Warsaw, year of publication: 1974.

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Paweł Althamer, Rubber (Guma), 2009,  photo courtesy of Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw

Why dedicate a monument to Copernicus or the Pope, if you can instead raise one to your local hero – Mr. Rubber.

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Barbara Falender, photo: promotional materials

Sculptress. Born on 23rd January, 1947 in Wrocław. Lives and works in Warsaw.

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Zuzanna Janin, photo: Krzysztof Wojciechowski / Forum

Author of sculptures, photographic objects, drawings, video and sound installations. Born in 1961.

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Jacek Malinowski, photo: courtesy of the artist

Visual artist. Author of films, installations, sculptures, objects and photographs. Lives and works in Warsaw. Born in 1964.

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