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Restitution

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

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Politics

'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

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coronavirus

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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Poland

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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Poland

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

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Politics

'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

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Poland

'Life in the shadow of a death world': new Holocaust installation shines a light on Auschwitz survivors' stories

The open-air exhibition structure has been designed by the architect Daniel Libeskind

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Restitution

Polish government must stop dragging its heels on restitution

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

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Censorship

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

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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

Interview
Art Basel 2018

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

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Politics

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

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Artist interview

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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Poland

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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Museums

Italian to run Warsaw’s Centre for Contemporary Art

Poland appoints first foreign museum director

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Museums

Oligarch Marek Roefler opens museum in Warsaw

Collector shows off Polish art with French accent

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Poland

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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News

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

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Art Basel

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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Museums

New competition for Warsaw museum architect

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

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Nazi loot

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

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Restitution

Books: The view from eastern Europe on restitution

These essays emanate from a series of Polish conferences

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Milwaukee Art Museum

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

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

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Cultural policy

Curator barred from Polish project to build contemporary art museum

Politics, again, involve Anda Rottenberg

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Art theft

Christie's remove volumes from October sale to investigate links to Jagiellonian Library theft

Of the fifty one books that were stolen, nineteen have been recovered

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Tadeusz Pruszkowski

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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Nazi loot

Search continues for missing Raphael painting

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

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Restitution

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

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Leonardo da Vinci

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

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Second World War

Polish museums to sell military equipment preserved in bogs

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