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Vita Zaman Visits Warsaw’s Art Scene

At the moment I am in Warsaw discovering the Polish contemporary art scene. I must say, it is very inspiring.

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I have met a lot of fascinating people and in this post I will introduce them to you.

I started with one of Poland’s most notable institutions for contemporary art: Zachęta National Gallery of Art.

Zachęta National Gallery of Art

Zachęta National Gallery of Art

Hanna Wróblewska Director of Zacheta Gallery

Hanna Wróblewska Director of Zacheta Gallery

The gallery is presenting the first-ever survey exhibition of the work of Piotr Uklański in Poland.

From the press text: Uklański is considered one of Poland’s most accomplished living artists.
The exhibition premieres new works by Uklański – including a monumental textile installation Untitled (Open Wide), 2012, a photographic series entitled Pornalikes, 2002-12, and Untitled (Polska Über Alles), 2012, a new installation that combines iconic elements of his work, such as Dance Floor and The Nazis.

Unlited ( Polska Über Alles), 2012, Piotr Uklanski

Untitled (Polska Über Alles), 2012, Piotr Uklanski

Untitled (Open Wide), 2012, exhibition “Piotr Uklański. Czterdzieści cztery”

Untitled (Open Wide), 2012, exhibition “Piotr Uklański. Czterdzieści cztery”

Uklanski's childhood drawings

Uklanski’s childhood drawings

Education room in Zacheta gallery

Education room in Zacheta gallery

Then I went to Raster Gallery, where I met artist Zbigniew Libera and the gallerists Lukasz Gorczyca and Michal Kaczynski.

Zbigniew Libera outside Raster gallery

Zbigniew Libera outside Raster Gallery

Lukasz Gorczyca with his daughter

Lukasz Gorczyca with his daughter

Through the window of Raster gallery

Through the window of Raster Gallery

Libera in Raster gallery with their extensive library

Libera in Raster Gallery with their extensive library

Wine with the image of Libera’s work on the label.

Latest album release by Raster Gallery, the first extensive publication on pre-war photography of modernist architecture in Poland

Libera in his own video work

Libera in his own video work

fragment of Libera's work History Lesson, 2012 on display at Raster gallery

Fragment of Libera’s work History Lesson, 2012, on display at Raster Gallery

Lukasz Gorczyca from Raster and his family

Lukasz Gorczyca from Raster and his family

Together with Libera we went to Rialto Hotel, which is located next to Raster Gallery.

From the Conde Nast Traveler:  The Polish capital’s first chic, small hotel, the Rialto has stunning and scrupulously re-created Art Deco decor, right down to the faux-Bakelite light switches — to say nothing of the elaborate oak-and-maple parquet floors, handsome Deco light fixtures, and 1920s Viennese-style furniture.

Rialto hotel

Rialto Hotel

Libera in Rialto hotel

Libera in Rialto Hotel

Famous district in WarsawJakubowska

Famous district of Warsaw Jakubowska

Michal Suchora,  BWA gallery Warszawa

Michal Suchora, BWA Gallery Warsaw

Together with Michal Kaczynski from Raster Gallery we made a studio visit with Matecki – the new bad boy of Polish art.

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A new hot district of Warsaw: Praha.

The entrance hall in the building of Matecki’s studio is blessed.

the artist (Matecki) and his inspiration women

The artist (Matecki) and his inspiration women

The artist with the latest work

The artist with his latest work

Matecki’s collages are my favorites.

Collector Anita Zabludowicz

Collector Anita Zabludowicz

the artist with a self portrait

The artist with a self portrait

the artist with his  family

The artist with his family

Then we visited the studio of Zbigniew Rogalski and saw a series of his new work. Polish painters are obsessed with holes.

Zbigniew Rogalski's new work

Zbigniew Rogalski’s new work

Rogalski’s studio is very tidy.

Rugalski's studio

Rugalski’s studio

His paintings are very calm.

Zbigniew Rogalski paintings

Zbigniew Rogalski paintings

Michal and Zbigniew

Michal and Zbigniew

My favorite work – the map of the world after the apocalyptic flood

map of the world after the apocalyptic flood

Warsaw bathes in sunshine

Warsaw bathes in sunshine

sometimes the Polish reminds me of Moscow

Sometimes the Polish capital reminds me of Moscow

I love seeing the new building in progress – the city is like a woman in the act of “putting herself together”.

Michal brought me to a secret cafe and market named Panstwomiasto. I admired the young cheerful hipsters of Warsaw.

Michal and a friend

Then I had lunch with guys from Billy Gallery – Pawel and Tymek.

Pawel and Tymek

Pawel and Tymek

Pawel Sysiak Billy gallery

Pawel Sysiak

Tymek Borowski Billy gallery

Tymek Borowski

Billy gallery

After lunch we visited Tymek’s show at Zamek Ujazdowski – The Centre for Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle.

View from Zamek Ujazdowski

View from Zamek Ujazdowski

walking back from Zamek Ujazdowski

Walking back from Zamek Ujazdowski

Later I met David Radziszewski, who recently moved to Warsaw from Poznań, and he showed me his new gallery.

David Radziszewski outside his new gallery in Warsaw

David Radziszewski outside his new gallery in Warsaw

Galeria Dawid Radziszewski - ul. Krochmalna 3, Warszawa

Galeria Dawid Radziszewski – ul. Krochmalna 3, Warsaw

the kids in town - the much anticipated opening will be in mid February

“The new kids in town” – the much anticipated opening will be in mid-February

That’s not all there is to say about the contemporary art in Poland – stay tuned to our blog and more will be revealed.

11 thoughts on “Vita Zaman Visits Warsaw’s Art Scene

  1. Its very interesting, You can feel soul of Warsaw,many interesting artists in every day life and in their art; I like it.
    Arnold.

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