This year celebrates the 90th birthday of the outstanding artist Zdzisław Beksiński, who was brutally murdered in his Warsaw apartment.
Installed inside the Palace of Culture & Science in the 1950s, Alina Szapocznikow’s Przyjaźń (Friendship) sculptor was removed after the fall of communism and kept in the garden of the removal firm’s boss. Now worth nearly 1 million PLN, he’s selling it, but Palace officials want it back.
As an artist, Józef Mehoffer was one of the main representatives of the Young Poland (Młoda Polska) modernist period around the start of the 20th Century, leading up to the restoration of Polish independence in 1918. His work spanned painting, book illustration, furniture design and stained-glass windows.
Famed for his illustrations and magnificent theatrical mask, the work and legacy of Benda still lives on.
Maess Anand now joins the A-list of artistic greatness whose previous winners have included such luminaries as Sylvia Plath, Hannah Arendtandr and Leonard Bernstein.
NeSpoon’s enormous murals of delicate lace-work designs have seen her travel to Georgia, Hong Kong and as far away as the remote Western Australian desert.
One of Poland’s most iconic artists, Natalia LL used sexual imagery as a social commentary about communism and consumerism.
Monika Sosnowska, the contemporary Polish artist known for her grand-scale installations and sculptural works, inhabits a strange world.
The Polish contemporary shirks the political.