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A Polish Collector's Passion for Art and Design

POZNAN, POLAND — The reception area of Grazyna Kulczyk’s private office looks a bit bare because many items have already been packed away. But the view is intact: the rooftops of Poznan, a city of brick buildings in west-central Poland. “It…

A Polish Artist's Take on Immigration

Warsaw-born Edinburgh-based artist Monika Szydłowska's new book "Do You Miss Your Country" is a humorous, insightful and poignant comic book looking at issues of Poles and immigration. Written in both English and Polish, the book examines--through…
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Agata Zubel, Poland's Contemporary Classical Star

WROCLAW, POLAND — With her right hand on her hip, Agata Zubel stood in front of a large black music stand, listening intently to the conversation between the members of eighth blackbird, a six-piece Chicago-based ensemble working on the contemporary…

Interview with Roman Polanski on the Lodz Film School

LONDON--I interviewed Roman Polanski last October about his time at Poland's Lodz Film School for a story I was doing for the International New York Times on the school's 65th anniversary. He had some interesting things to say about his time…

What to CEE at the Venice Biennale

VENICE, ITALY—I was running late. I needed to get to the Kosovo Pavilion to meet with the artist Petrit Halijaj, so I was blowing through room after room in the “Encyclopaedic Palace”, the official curated show at the Venice Biennale.…

Generation Unexpected

LONDON, UK--I first met Katka Reszke and her partner, Slawomir Grunberg, when I was working on a story about Jewish Poles involved in the arts. I happened to be in New York and they happened to also be in the city, having just moved to the suburbs.…

"The scene is really developing"

WARSAW, POLAND—**Polish theatre, which has always had a strong reputation in the country, has in the last few years been finding critical acclaim across Europe and North America thanks to vibrant experimental productions by talented young directors. Poznan's Biuro Podrozy

The Return of Polish Cinema

It really is a small world after all. I had contacted Polish film director Borys Lankosz—currently living in LA working on a few film projects—to see if we could do an interview when I was on vacation there in March. I had half-hoped he’d suggest some place like the Polo Lounge at the Beverly Hills Hotel to get that real Hollywood industry power-lunch thing but he suggested his place instead.