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City News, July

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City News, July

Those who were born in the former USSR or in the Soviet bloc might experience a sense of time travel at Zachęta, Warsaw’s National Gallery of Art (pl. Małachowskiego 3; May 14 – August 21; zacheta.art.pl). There, The Travellers exhibition is focused on the not too distant past. Although it seems almost unbelievable today, travel to other countries before 1989 was a privilege and restricted mainly to those who were close to the corridors of power.

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Pravdoliub Ivanov. "Loaded", 2010.
Courtesy of the artist, Tiroche DeLeon Collection and Art Ventage PCC Ltd.

The sudden fall of the Iron Curtain was like a heady dose of oxygen, with people suddenly free to make trips abroad and to express their views publicly. The showing at Zachęta brings together 23 artists from 15 countries and tells of the exotic destinations that they have visited, touching upon subjects like the interaction between earlier generations of emigrants and post-Soviet travellers, souvenirs taken abroad and brought back, the means of travel from hitch-hiking to trains, busses and airplanes, and the meaning of borders – both physical and cultural.

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Nowy Teatr

Warsaw also has a new cultural space, the Nowy Teatr (Madalińskiego 10/16; nowyteatr.org). Its artistic director is one of the most eminent theatre directors in Poland, Krzysztof Warlikowski. A true luminary, his work is often seen on Europe’s greatest opera and theatre stages. Aside from hosting theatrical productions, the Nowy Teatr will be a site for exhibitions, concerts, master classes and workshops. The space will be open to experimentation in new forms of communication, with its audiences an integral part of the dialogue. Krzysztof Warlikowski has compared the scope of the Nowy Teatr to that of the Centre Pompidou in Paris.

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Autor Rooms. Photo: PION

No one knows a city like its residents. This simple truth has motivated Warsaw’s creative and graphic arts agency Mamstudio to open a small guest house named Autor Rooms (Lwowska 17/7; autorrooms.pl). The studio has dubbed it “the keys to the city.” The small, four-room guest house is located in a 19th-century building designed by Polish architect Mateusz Baumiller. The interior is an eclectic mix of contemporary and retro Polish style, with artworks by local artists used as decorative elements. The works are available for purchse, so the guest house doubles as an art and interior design showroom. All four rooms adjoin a common living room and kitchen. Thus, guests can prepare meals together and share their discoveries and adventures in the Polish capital.

Intro image: Daniel Baker. Copse, 2006. From the exhibition The Travellers.

 

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