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"A Pink Chair (In Place of a Fake Antique)", Wooster Group, 2017

13th July 2017 will see the world premiere of the Wooster Group’s A Pink Chair (In Place of a Fake Antique) at the Fisher Center for Performing Arts at Bard College in New York. The performance is based on Tadeusz Kantor’s and Stanisław Wyspiański’s works.

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Aleksander Gierymski, "Święto Trąbek I", olej, płótno, 47 x 64,5 cm, fot. Muzeum Narodowe w Warszawie

Calm, arrogant, frivolous? How the Wisła river captivated artists and how they chose to present it in their work.

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Stanisław Wyspiański, Chochoły (Straw Wraps), 1898, pastel on paper, 69 x 107 cm, collection of the National Museum in Warsaw, photo courtesy National Museum in Warsaw

One of the most celebrated pastels by Stanisław Wyspiański, currently known under the title Chochoły, was created around March 1989.

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Bronisław Wojciech Linke, The Bus, 1959-1961, oil on canvas, 134 x 178.5 cm, from the collection of the National Museum in Warsaw, photo courtesy the National Museum in Warsaw

The Bus, a late work by Bronisław Wojciech Linke, is an expression of a pessimistic diagnose of the status of society and an overview of national vices. Some have found in it references to the theme of the Chochoł dance from Stanisław Wyspiański's The Wedding – an image embedded in Polish national imagination.

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Cover of the book Pieśń Wawelu (The Song of Wawel) by Adam Bujak, 1980, photo source: www.polishphotobook.tumblr.com

Pieśń Wawelu (The Song of Wawel) is definitely a work typical for its time and yet also visually unique. The album's exceptionality is the result of a specific combination of content and photographic material with its form of publication.

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Selected sprads from the book Pieśń Wawelu (The Song of Wawel). Photographs: Adam Bujak, texts: Edward Chudziński, Krzysztof Jasiński, Krzysztof Miklaszewski, graphic design: Sławomir Lewczuk, publisher: National Publishing Agency of the Workers' Publishing Cooperative Prasa-Książka-Ruch, Kraków, 1980.

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A still from Demon, directed by Marcin Wrona, photo: Marta Gostkiewicz / Kino Świat

For his last movie, Marcin Wrona merges comedy and horror to create a story about our memories, myths and forgotten guilt. Demon turns out to be the best film in Wrona’s oeuvre.

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Anja Rubik in "Chleb," dir. Krzysztof Skonieczny

From 14th century sacred verse to 21st century “hip-hop novels,” Poland has a rich and diverse literary tradition. Here, Culture.pl offers a playlist to guide you through some of the highlights of the last 700 years of Polish literature.

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Akropolis, photo courtesy of the Laboratorium Theatre/The Grotowski Institute Archive

A legendary version of Stanisław Wyspiański's play, realized in 1962 by Jerzy Grotowski and Józef Szajna at the Laboratory Theatre of 13 Rows in Opole.

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Zofia Stryjeńska, "Seasons. July – August", photo: National Museum in Warsaw

The exhibition "Treasures from Chopin's Country: Polish Art from the 15th - 20th Century", which enjoyed a huge popularity in Beijing, after presentation in China was opened at the National Museum of Korea in Seoul.

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Краков, фото: Лукаш Гагульский / Forum

Literature lovers around the globe know how a good book can transport them to worlds both real and imagined. For those lucky enough to find themselves in Poland, we offer a guide to some of the real world sites of Polish literature.

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Wojciech Pszoniak in The Wedding, dir. Andrzej Wajda, 1972, source: Zebra Film Studio/Filmoteka Narodowa / www.fototeka.fn.org.pl

A 1972 film by Andrzej Wajda, based on Stanisław Wyspiański’s play The Wedding.

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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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Stanisław Wyspiański was a multifaceted artist and playwright of the Young Poland era applied his idealistic approach to the arts in the realm of design, with the aim to create a coherent, conceptual structure for his interiors.

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Stanisław Wyspiański's "Return of Odysseus" / "Powrót Odysa" takes the stage in a new adaptation directed by Anna Dziedzic at the 7th International Theatre Festival in Rome. The play explores the themes of Antiquity while considering modern-day issues related to national independence, civil liberties and personal freedoms.

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An improvisational text written by Stanisław Wyspiański based on Shakespeare's Hamlet was adaptation, directed, and designed by Jerzy Grzegorzewski.

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