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 Sharon Lockhart, Agnieszka, ‘Manifest mlecznej mocy’, Mały Przegląd nr 131 (4568), 10 May 1935, National Library in Warsaw, 2 February 2017.  Framed chromogenic print (panel B), 161.3x200.7 cm; photo: courtesy of the artist, Gladstone Gallery, New York and Brussels, neugerriemschneider, Berlin, and Zachęta National Gallery of Art

An American in the Polish Pavilion, Stanisław Lem in the Hungarian one, an imagined pavilion of a non-existent country – Culture.pl takes a look at all the places Polish culture was represented at the 57th Venice Biennale International Art Exhibition.

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The photographer Paweł Bownik during preparations for the Bownik/Urna project, photo: courtesy of the organiser

In 2016, Polish writers have not only found acclaim at home but also abroad, with awards, prizes and scholarships to prove their international renown. These bilateral contacts have resulted in many initiatives, including Polish awards for foreign-language authors and their translators.

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Станислав Лем в своей квартире в Кракове. Фото: Томаш Томашевский / Forum

Stanisław Lem was a bundle of opposites: a technocrat but also a humanist. The oddest part, however, is that Lem held in low esteem the genre he worked in. Why?

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 Stanisław Lem, photo: Aleksander Jalosinski / Forum

The 20th edition of the Biennale of Sydney, entitled The Future Is Already Here – It's Just Not Evenly Distributed, will feature 83 artists from 35 countries. It will also host the special exhibtion celebrating Polish sci-fi legend Stanisław Lem.

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Robin Wright in The Congress by Ari Folman, photo courtesy of Gutek Film

In his film adaptation of Stanisław Lem's Kongres futurologiczny (The Futurological Congress), the creator of Waltz with Bashir focuses on a grim vision of future rather than on the narrative. Despite its impressive scale of The Congress and great performances by actors, the film remains an unfulfilled promise.

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Andrzej Wajda on organ transplants, Janusz Majewski on soul swapping, Stanisław Kokesz on a mad scientist and Marek T. Nowakowska on time travel. Polish science fiction movies of the 60s and 70s are aired by TVP Kultura as part of the Lost in Space series.

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What's in a Polish name? Why did the Slavic names of yore almost die out? And what are Polish names like nowadays?

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Can you tell your Szymborska from your Sienkiewicz? Do you think you're well-versed (pun totally intended) in your romantics and your modernists? Take our Polish literature quiz to really test your knowledge.

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Stanisław Lem in Kraków, 1993, photo: Krzysztof  Wójcik / Forum

In September 1974, the FBI received a letter. The accusations in the letter were shocking – a communist conspiracy aimed at the hearts and minds of America through propaganda in the subtle guise of science fiction. Science-fiction publishers had been infiltrated. The orchestrator of it all was a communist committee, acting under the name... Stanisław Lem.

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Tribeca Film Center and Columbia University have organised a rediscovery of Piotr Szulkin’s works. It was followed by a panel featuring critics, who discussed the universal character of the director’s works - which aren't that well known in the USA.

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Okładka książki "Starość aksolotla", wyd. Allegro

The new book of Polish sci-fi guru Jacek Dukaj may seem like an apocalyptic vision of the future devoid of man (or at least the man as we know him), but it also offers interesting insights as to the future of electronic literature and reading in general

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With seven days of shows, over 100 films, a record turnout and broadcasts in the German media, the 9th edition of FilmPOLSKA Festival was one of the most important presentations of Polish culture in Berlin. Culture.pl was a partner of the event.

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Photographs from "Prince Ferrix and Princess Crystal" performance at Copernicus Science Centre Robotic Theatre Warsaw

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source: Copernicus Science Centre

The unusual cast of this Copernicus Science Centre production are technologically advanced humanoid robots whose movements are powered by compressed air. The mechanical figures gather a wide audience to recitals at the world's first Robotic Theatre.

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Tytus Czyżewski, Portrait of Bruno Jasieński, 1920, oil, canvas, photo: courtesy of the Museum of Art in Łódź, Kultura headquarters in Maisons-Laffitte near Paris, photo by: Wojciech Łaski / East News, Józef Oleszkiewicz, Portrait of Adam Mickiewicz, 1828, donation of Władysław Mickiewicz, photo source: National Museum in Cracow

In order to guide English-speakers towards the Polish authors best suited for their specific tastes, Culture.pl has put together an exclusive guide offering historical context and tailor-made recommendations.

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Dazzling with its grandiosity and acting, Folman's Lem adaptation - The Congress beats 46 others European Animations for the European Film Academy's Animation prize.

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"You could say that Polish posters sent us telegrams from our own future, along with its dark paths within literature, cinema and music"

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Robin Wright in The Congress directed by Ari Folmana, photo: Gutek Film.

Director Ari Folman focuses more on a grim vision of the future, rather than the story, in his adaptation of Stanisław Lem's The Futurological Congress.

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To coincide with Ari Folman's recent film The Congress, based on Lem's novel, Culture.pl presents the best cinematic adaptations of the science-fiction writer's novels.

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Cannes Film Festival’s 45th Director’s Fortnight kicks off with Folman’s long-awaited adaptation of Stanisław Lem’s novel The Futurological Congress

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