See our country through the eyes of Polish film directors, painters, sculptors and photographers. Let Poland inspire you.
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 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 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.
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”.
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.
Polish studio to produce feature film on Fátima apparition
Already widely lauded for its artistic contributions to short films, cinematics, commercials and other projects, the Polish studio Platige Image is now working on the animated feature film “Fatima” together with Portuguese company Imaginew.
Polish photographer scores international success
Przemysław Niepokój-Hepnar has been awarded a prize at the Monochrome Photography Awards, one of the world’s top competitions for black and white photography.
"The Best Polish Illustrators" at the Polish Institute in Vienna
On Thursday January 19th an exhibition was unveiled at the Polish Institute in Vienna titled "The Best Polish Illustrators," presenting the most interesting works produced by the young generation of Polish illustrators. The exhibition showcases nearly 40 different press illustrations.
A Polish "Downton Abbey"
Speaking with admiration of British noble residences we often fail to realise how many such castles, palaces and manors are still in existence in Poland, or how many there were in the early modern and interwar periods.
The outstanding finale of the ECoC Wrocław 2016
The Sky Web megashow, the largest Silent Disco in Europe and the Sound Play featuring outstanding actors at the Centennial Hall - all taking place in the city, including these managed to attract almost a hundred thousand residents of Wrocław to celebrate the finale of the European Capital of Culture together.
Stanislaw Lem’s terrestrial matters
The esteemed futurologist, philosopher and the most translated Polish writer who enriched world literature with such great titles as "Solaris" and "Return from the Stars," has posthumously been given his own festival – the Lemological Congress, which gathers together information about the life and work of Stanislaw Lem, gets underway in Wroclaw today.
Legend of Polish cabaret passes away
Actor, singer and comedian Bohdan Smoleń passed away on Thursday at 69.
HumanDOC – life in the globalized world
The multidimensional nature of poverty and migration and the lack of tolerance with regards to diversity are just some of the topics of this year's seventh edition of the HumanDOC International Documentary Film Festival in Warsaw. Festival films can be viewed until the end of December on the Internet and in cinemas in more than a dozen Polish cities, including Poznan, Krakow and Sanok.
“Pizza from Poland” – an exhibition on the Polish-German borderlands
Brandenburg is celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Polish-German Treaty of Good Neighbourship and Friendly Co-operation with an unconventional exhibition in Potsdam titled “Pizza from Poland – New neighbours in old houses”.
Abducted lady to return home
U.S. agencies have found a painting that was stolen from Warsaw’s National Museum during World War II.
Hollywood star visits Bydgoszcz
Jessica Lange, best-known for her roles in King Kong, Tootsie, Blue Sky and The Postman Always Rings Twice, came to Bydgoszcz to receive the highly acclaimed Krzysztof Kieślowski Award.
Edging closer to the truth
Publishers were among those who highly anticipated the release of the “Wolyn” film. That is why several interesting accounts of the bloody history of the Borderlands have recently appeared on the market.
Suffering reaches us all
Realized by Paul Woldan and based on his script, the spectacle „Totus Tuus" consists of two parallel themes. The first theme, framing the narrative, focuses on the time after the attack on the Pope in St Peter’s Square on 13 May 1981 and his stay at the Gemelli clinic, where his life was saved. The second theme consists of retrospective scenes from the life of Karol Wojtyla before he became pope.
Retrospective of Poland’s Kieślowski in New York
The Museum of the Moving Image in New York is holding a complete retrospective of movies by famous Polish director Krzysztof Kieślowski.
Famous Polish director Andrzej Wajda dies
Andrzej Wajda, one of Poland's most famous directors, died at the age of 90 on Sunday night.
It is impossible to understand the criminal's cruelty
"Blindness" - a great film by Ryszard Bugajski is like an afterword to his gripping film “Interrogation”.
Where are we going?
“Quo vadis” has been moving our hearts and minds for years. This work is the essence of Poland while being uniquely universal.
“Smolensk” film scene goes down in history
Just as Andrzej Wajda’s “Ashes and Diamonds” cannot be erased from the history of Polish cinema due to its scene depicting a series of glasses filled with alcoholic spirits all set ablaze, “Smolensk” has also made its mark with an outstanding final scene. Antoni Krauze’s “Smolensk”, the most highly anticipated film of the year, premiered in Polish cinemas on Friday.
I am proud to have starred in “Smolensk”
The official world premiere of Antoni Krauze’s film “Smolensk” took place in Warsaw’s Grand Theatre on September 5th. On Friday, September 9th, the film depicting the April 2010 tragedy will be screened at cinemas across Poland. In anticipation of the film’s public premiere, we invite you to read an interview with Ewa Dałkowska, who plays the role of Maria Kaczynska, the wife of the Polish President Lech Kaczynski.