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Wyspiański is back in town
Stanisław Wyspiański – one of the most versatile Polish artists – associated his professional and private life with Krakow. Under Austro-Hungarian rule at the time, the city inspired him with its rich past and symbolism, but also with the challenges it faced. This led him to create his own vision of the capital of Galicia which he in part managed to portray. In his honour, the National Museum in Krakow is presenting the largest ever exhibition of his works, encapsulating this extraordinary relationship between his genius and the city he called his own.
Digital Dragons – the event of amazing Polish video games industry
Today we invite you to Cracow for the biggest game industry event in Central Europe – "Digital Dragons" 2018. Poland is a leader of the global video games market. The Polish video games industry today consists of more than two hundred and fifty companies that create their products, some of which are bestsellers in western markets, for diverse audiences. It is also a rapidly growing sector of the Polish economy.
Everything Is Art to Me
Can contemporary art delight a child? Can you step in the shoes of an artist and play with art? Yes, now especially at Zachęta National Gallery of Art in Warsaw where you can experience art not only through observing but also by creating at the amazing Everything Is Art to Me exhibition.
Art in 3D - experts from Łódź are working on a VR system for presenting oil painting
Virtual reality (VR) technology can be used to present works of art. One of the companies in BioNanoPark Łódź is the first in Poland to develop a system that uses photogrammetry to digitise oil paintings and present them in 3D.
Old masterpieces acquired for Polish museum collections
“Among activities pursued by the Polish foreign service there is one which brings exceptionally beautiful and valuable results. It involves acquiring works of art, which are then donated to museums across the country,” said Minister Jacek Czaputowicz at the hand-over ceremony at the MFA headquarters.
If Germany had won the war...
Few Poles have found a place among the best-known heroes of computer games. Lara Croft is English, the well-brought-up Morgan Yu from 'Prey' has Chinese roots, while Niko Bellic from 'Grand Theft Auto IV' grew up in the former Yugoslavia. Geralt comes from Rivia, which may be Slavic, but is it near Poznan or even Rabka? So, we are left with Captain William Joseph Blazkowicz from the iconic 'Wolfenstein' series. A real Polish hero, a man who never gives up.
Tamara Łempicka. The queen of modernism
Tamara Łempicka is one of the most highly regarded artists of the Art Deco style, a classical, symmetrical form which had its peak between 1925-1935. It was known as the "Arts Decoratifs" and Łempicka was the most memorable artists representing that style.
Polish actress wins Swedish film award
Polish actress Julia Kijowska has won the Swedish Film Institute’s Guldbagge Award for the Best Actress in a Supporting Role category for her performance in the film "Strawberry Days."
'Loving Vincent' nominated for Oscar
Polish-British animated film Loving Vincent has been nominated for an Oscar, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced on Tuesday.
Netflix to begin shooting its first Polish original series
Video-on-demand provider Netflix is about to start filming its first Polish-language original series.
Polish filmmakers win European Film Awards
Polish-British film “Loving Vincent” has won the European Film Award in the animated feature film category.
Łódź named UNESCO City of Film
As one of 64 cities representing 44 countries, the central Polish city of Łódź has joined the UNESCO Creative Cities Network (UCCN) as a City of Film.
The greatest Polish painter of the Young Poland movement, active in Munich and Paris. Her most famous 1894 portrait of an unknown child Girl with Chrysanthemums fascinated her contemporaries by its symbolist atmosphere and psychological insight.
Loving Vincent shortlisted for European Film Academy Award
A Polish-British animation entitled Loving Vincent has been nominated for the 2017 European Film Academy Award in the "Animated Feature Film" category.
The artist puts science into motion
You have not seen such phenomenal simulations of natural process before! Polish visual artist Norman Leto illustrated the history of the Universe. And it is a wrinkled and rattling universe. Polish popular science film "Photon" premiered on October 6.
The 9th “Defiant, Unvanquished, Enduring” Film Festival
The four-day festival included films on recent Polish history, documentaries, radio programmes, concerts, multimedia presentations, art installations, fashion, workshops, exhibitions, as well as discussion panels with outstanding guests.
Polish history 3D animation hits web
A short 3D film released online by Poland's Institute of National Remembrance (IPN) recounts Poland's unsung part in World War II and the country's 50-year-long path to independence.
Edward Norton bestowed with Transatlantic Glocal Hero Award
American actor Edward Norton was awarded the Glocal Hero Award at the Transatlantic film and music festival, which he attended in Łódź.
The virtuosity of Master Veit
Veit Stoß began work on the main altar of the Church of St. Mary in late May 1477. He came to Krakow from Nuremberg to work on would become his magnum opis, one of the most magnificent achievements of European art in the late Middle Ages. The altar had a turbulent history. It was restored a couple of times. A team headed led by Dr Jarosław Adamowicz has worked since 2015 on restoring its former glory.
The Horned Heart
He was a source of inspiration for the rock group Tool and a mentor to Leonardo DiCaprio. It is 30 years since the passing of the outstanding Polish sculptor and art theorist Stanisław Szukalski. His biographer, Prof. Lechosław Lameński from the Catholic University of Lublin, told Poland.pl why “Stach from Warta” has once again become fashionable in Poland and the United States.
Polish Avant-garde in Madrid
One hundred and fifty works by Katarzyna Kobro and Władysław Strzemiński will be shown at an exhibition opening on April 25th at the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia in Madrid. It will include sculptures, spatial compositions, drawings, paintings, and functional projects by the eminent avant-garde couple, whose oeuvre spans the 1920s and 1930s up to the post-World War period.
The Abakan legacy
Her works are displayed in over 70 museums and public collections all over the world. She made her mark on art history with her unique style in sculpture. Magdalena Abakanowicz died yesterday at the age of 87.
Polish sculptor's "Daedalus" a permanent addition to Pompeii
A monumental sculpture by late Polish artist Igor Mitoraj, entitled "Daedalus", will remain in Pompeii permanently as a gift to Italy, the country’s culture minister has said.
The Holy Cross in art
What would remain of the Polish and European cultural map if one took away everything that was born out of faith and the power of the sacrifice of Christ, asks Bishop Michal Janocha when opening the exhibition “The Art of the Cross. The Cross in Art”.
"Hatred" wins Poland's Eagle film academy awards
"Hatred" ("Wołyń"), a film about the WWII Volhynia massacre, won the 2017 Eagle for the best Polish movie.
Hollywood’s portrayal of Polish heroes
Despite fears, "The Zookeeper's Wife" is not only an example of great cinematography it is also a well-told story which does not cut any corners. We are told about the fate of the Żabiński couple, Poles who saved hundreds of Jews – and were not the only people to do so. The film has only one minus point – it was made by filmmakers in Hollywood, not Poland.
A photographer’s instinct
One would have thought that tributes to Andrzej Wajda, who passed away last year, would constitute the only Polish touch to the 89th Academy Awards ceremony. It turns out, however, that a Pole was one of the creators of "The Jungle Book", which received an Oscar for Best Visual Effects. The graphic designer Jacek Pilarski, from the Polish city of Zywiec, was responsible for the so-called matte painting, or creating the right background for complex computer animations. He talked to Poland.pl about his work.
I’m interested in story-telling
Reviewers the world over are fascinated by "Scythe" – a board game whose action is set in the alternative world of 1920+. While praising the game’s plot, they especially emphasise its graphic design. Its creator is Polish artist Jakub Różalski. Tens of thousands of copies of the game have already been sold, and successive reprints are planned. Jakub Różalski told Poland.pl about where he draws his inspiration from, his fascinations and new projects.
Polish acting legend Danuta Szaflarska dies at 102
Danuta Szaflarska, a legend of Polish theatre and cinema, died on Sunday, almost two weeks after celebrating her 102nd birthday.
France to honour Polish writer Gombrowicz with museum
A museum dedicated to the famous Polish writer Witold Gombrowicz is to be set up in France.