Poland

Shock as Janusz Janowski appointed new director of Poland’s leading Zacheta National Gallery of Art by right-wing culture minister

Most recent hire without an open competition is viewed by critics as latest step in government's agenda of placing conservative appointees in control of cultural institutions

Magdalena Abakanowicz's haunting installation 'Bambini' expected to sell for up to $3.6m at auction in Poland

The work, consisting of 83 child-size figures in concrete and wood, was made in the late 1990s and has been exhibited on the roof of New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art and in the Museo Reina Sofia in Madrid

‘Slap in the face’: Poland passes law effectively blocking Holocaust-era art restitutions

Lawyers and collectors weigh in on new rule that sets a 30-year limit on claims to property that was stolen by Nazis and Communist leaders

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Poland’s right-wing government dismisses director of leading contemporary art museum in latest blow to cultural scene

Over 1,000 leading Polish arts figures have signed a letter in defence of the Zacheta National Gallery of Art in Warsaw's head Hanna Wróblewska

Museums in Poland and Germany forced to close—again—as third pandemic wave hits Europe

Some countries are operating a system based on regional coronavirus case numbers while others have gone into full lockdown

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Polish region loses €1.65m European heritage grant after declaring itself 'LGBT-free zone'

Norway Grants pulled the award after Podkarpackie councillors voted for a resolution to "resist the promotion of LGBT ideology"

Barbara Kruger’s 'Your Body is a Battleground' poster appears in Poland as protests flare up over abortion ban

Graphic work was last shown in the country nearly 30 years ago when women’s rights were also under attack

What's behind the red lightning bolt, the main symbol of Poland's pro-choice marches?

As thousands take to the streets to protest against a near-total ban on abortion, the graphic designer Ola Jasionowska tells us about creating the movement's logo

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Culture figures unite against mounting anti-LGBTQ sentiment in Poland

Open letter—signed by prominent writers Olga Tokarczuk and Margaret Atwood—demands the release of imprisoned activist Malgorzata "Margot" Szutowicz

National museum in Stockholm to return stolen 16th-century painting to Poland

Officials in Poland and Sweden piece together provenance of work by School of Lucas Cranach the Elder

'Blatant censorship': Polish government issues artists with fines—then withdraws them

Ahead of Poland's ghost election earlier this month, a group of artists carried a 14-metre letter to parliament

Five European museum directors explain their reopening strategies

From capped visitor numbers to surgical gloves and temperature checks, here's how cultural institutions are getting ready to leave lockdown

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Right-wing director begins overhaul of Warsaw contemporary art centre

Controversial curator Piotr Bernatowicz has cancelled several 2020 exhibitions and cut funding from progressive art journal at Ujazdowski Castle CCA

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Lublin governor files defamation suit against art historian sparking free speech fears in Poland

Case against Tomasz Kitliński follows row over installation that marked pogrom sites in the city

'No chance for art institutions': fears for freedom of speech as populist party set to win Polish elections

Expected victory for ruling Law and Justice party raises concerns that minority voices will be silenced as museums increasingly come under state control

Polish government must stop dragging its heels on restitution

Serious roadblocks remain for claimants looking to reclaim works looted by Nazis

Video of Polish artist Natalia LL eating a banana temporarily goes back on show after protests over museum’s ‘censorship’

Almost 1,000 people attended banana-eating demonstration outside Warsaw’s National Museum yesterday

Krakow City Council rejects mayor’s plan to merge the city’s two leading contemporary art spaces

Councillors vote down proposal to combine the longstanding Bunkier Sztuki gallery with the Museum of Contemporary Art in Kraków

Collector's Eye: Grazyna Kulczyk

The Polish art lover on her fascination with female artists and how she wishes she could have been seated at Judy Chicago's Dinner Party

Polish art world calls on national museum to stage 'major international show' against fascism

An open letter to Krakow institution asks for exhibition to counter rise of the right in Poland

Interview with Wilhelm Sasnal: Home is where the art is

Wilhelm Sasnal on how his native Poland provides the inspiration for his work on canvas and celluloid

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Controversial Polish director forced to step down

After one year in charge art historian leaves national museum having lost vote of confidence

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Italian to run Warsaw’s Centre for Contemporary Art

Poland appoints first foreign museum director

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Oligarch Marek Roefler opens museum in Warsaw

Collector shows off Polish art with French accent

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Poland’s National Museum champions gay rights: critics up in arms

“Ars Homo Erotica” exhibition runs 11 June to 5 Septmber

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Foreign minister calls for Warsaw’s Palace of Culture to be demolished

Sikorski says that it would be better to have a park in its place

Art Baselarchive

My road to Art Basel 2009: Interview with Alicja Kwade

Alicja Kwade on fleeing Poland, working for other artists and winning prizes

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New competition for Warsaw museum architect

Top practitioners had been excluded due to “Kafka-esque” rules

Nazi lootarchive

Police seize medieval casket from V&A due to Nazi loot claims

The Czartoryski family in Poland, who lost much of their art during the war, say it belongs to them

Books: The view from eastern Europe on restitution

These essays emanate from a series of Polish conferences

Milwaukee Art Museum exhibits Leonardo da Vinci and the splendour of Poland

A new show highlights the oft-forgot historical art collections of Poland

Return of 1939 World Fair art demanded

A relation of the Polish painter Tadeusz Pruszkowski, who died in 1942, has asked Le Moyne College in Syracuse, New York, to hand over seven Polish paintings and four tapestries, but the Jesuit Institution says the objects properly belong to it

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Search continues for missing Raphael painting

Stolen in 1945 from a Polish prince’s museum, it is now thought to be in Bavaria

The point of no return - Europe climbs on the restitution bandwagon

But the process has stalled as far as large-scale restitution between Russia and Germany is concerned

Restitution in Poland: Count recovers Leonardo’s “Lady with the Ermine” from the Communists and donates it to a foundation

Czartoryski Museum and Library converted into foundation with advice from London art dealer, Andrew Ciechanowiecki

Polish museums to sell military equipment preserved in bogs

They have already dug out several dozen armoured cars, field-guns, transporters and other vehicles