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fot. dzięki uprzejmości Biblioteki Muzeum Tatrzańskiego w Zakopanem

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Selected portraits depicting Bruno Schulz, distinguished writer, painter, illustrator and graphic designer. He was born 12 July 1892 in Drohobycz, where he died a tragic death on 19 November 1942.

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Stanisława Przybyszewska, photo source: Wikimedia

The most prominent Polish author who lived during the interwar period in Gdańsk. She was a daughter of Stanisław Przybyszewski and painter Aniela Pająkówna. She was born on 1st October, 1901 in Myślenice, died on 15th August, 1935 in Gdańsk.

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Herman Vogel, Shepherds on Hala Królowa, 1871, photo: Polish Scientific Publishers PWN

Sztuki Piękne pod Tatrami (Fine Arts on the Tatra Foothills) is a 500-page album about the most important Polish artists inspired by the area's mountain landscapes and folklore, and the first such in-depth guide to the Tatra area's pre-war history. Who would you have met on the 19th-century trail?

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Against Nothingness. Photo: http://polishphotobook.tumblr.com/

The Vytautas Kasiulis Art Museum’s new exhibition is devoted to Stanisław Ignacy Witkiewicz, otherwise known as Witkacy. Photographs from the Collection of Stefan Okołowicz will be on view from 25th September to 8th October 2015.

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Cover of Przeciw nicości. Fotografie Stanisława Ignacego Witkiewicza (Against Nothingness. Stanisław Ignacy Witkiewicz's Photographs), 1986, photo source: www.polishphotobook.tumblr.com

Przeciw nicości (Against Nothingness) by Ewa Franczak and Stefan Okołowicz is not a classic photobook, mainly because it was produced almost fifty years after the death of its main protagonist and the author of the photographs published within.

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Selected spreads from the photobook Against Nothingness. Stanisław Ignacy Witkiewicz's Photographs (Przeciw nicości. Fotografie Stanisława Ignacego Witkiewicza), photographs: Stanisław Ignacy Witkiewicz, text: Ewa Franczak, Stefan Okołowicz, graphic design: Lech Przybylski, publisher: Wydawnictwo Literackie, Kraków, 1986.

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A scene from “The Mother: An Unsavoury Play in Two Acts and an Epilogue”, photo: Paweł Dudziak / courtesy of the artist

One of Poland’s most interesting visual artists is staging The Mother, a revered and controversial play by Witkacy, at the Tate Modern in London. It’s part of the BMW Tate Live series of performances.

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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 Witkiewicz, Portret wielokrotny (Mutiple Self-portrait), ca. 1917, courtesy of the DSH

John Paul II, Józef Piłsudski and Lech Wałęsa, the construction of the Palace of Culture and Science, the Martial Law period, and Wisława Szymborska winning the Nobel prize for literature – these are some of the major historic figures and events documented in photographs and presented at the History Meeting House in Warsaw.

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Stanisław Ignacy Witkiewicz (Witkacy), Collapse by the Lamp, 1913, photo courtesy of the Tatra Museum in Zakopane

Witkacy (1885-1939) learned how to take photographs thanks to his father - the painter and critic, Stanisław Witkiewicz. Not only did he present his son with his very first camera and taught him how to use it, but he also continued to talk with him about the medium, review his prints, and pose for some of his pictures until his death in 1915.

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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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With its complex history and fascinating present, Poland has proven a fruitful ground for theatre makers. In fact, some of the world’s most influential and revolutionary artists of the Occidental stage came from Poland. Let us introduce you to milestone figures of (Polish) 20th century theatre

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Gustaw Holoubek in Wojciech Jerzy Has' Pętla, based on Hłasko's novel, photo: Filmoteka Narodowa / www.fototeka.fn.org.pl

For decades, cinematic and literary artists either glorified drinking or laid bare its ugly truth. Some portrayed the pits of this addiction and unravelled its false myths, while others chose to describe its heroically dizzying heights. Meet the chroniclers – and victims – of Polish alcoholism.

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Amsterdam is the next stop for the literature-cum-art project that has already graced the cities of Antwerp, New York and Warsaw, transforming the De Appel Arts Centre into a bookshop specialising in novels specifically written by visual artists

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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 Ignacy Witkiewicz, Self-portrait, 1913, photo from the collection of The National Museum in Warsaw

Allow us to introduce you to the quirks that make Witkacy the prototypical hipster.

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The exhibition, held as part of an ongoing programme presenting the most interesting private collections of contemporary and modern art at the Orangerie of the Palace Museum in Wilanów. Okołowicz and Franczak’s unique collection shows Witkacy as an avid fan of photography, creating his own images and collecting the works of others. The exhibition features his famous self-portraits, an illustration of the biographical legend of a ‘great eccentric’, photographs of him taken by his friends and vice-versa, along with experimental techniques of staging and photography.

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The exhibition, held as part of an ongoing programme presenting the most interesting private collections of contemporary and modern art at the Orangerie of the Palace Museum in Wilanów.

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Self-portrait, c1915-1917, Saint Petersburg, photograph by the Museum of Art in Łodź, photo from the collection of Ewa Franczak and Stefan Okołowicz

Painter, illustrator, photographer, playwright, novelist, philosopher, art theorist, and critic; member of the first-ever Polish group of avant-garde artists known as the Formists.

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