Café Chalupecký: Paulina Olszewska – online

Café Chalupecký: Paulina Olszewska – online

Cracow Dragon – The Phenomenon of Cracow Art Scene

What have two one of the most well known Polish artists: Wilhelm Sasnal and Jakub Julian Ziółkowski in common? They both were students at the Cracow Academy of Fine Arts. For many years the Cracow Art Academy has been considered one of the most conservative in Poland. But since some years somehow its graduates have managed to win almost all the most important or prestigious art prizes for emerging artists in the country. Recently the works of the youngest generation artists from Cracow drew a lot of attention both in Poland as well as abroad. They set and develop new trends on the local art scene. So how does it happen? What is a secret of Cracow? The air (which unit recently was one of the most polluted in the country)? The atmosphere of the city (which considered to be decadent and boring)?
In her presentation Paulina Olszewska (a graduate from the Art History at the Jagiellonian University in Cracow) analyzes the phenomenon of the Cracow art scene and tries to find answer to the question what makes it so particular. By presenting, in her opinion, the most interesting positions from the young generation of artists from Cracow, she also marks the condition of the Polish art scene today in general.

Kinga Burek
Róża Duda & Michał Soja
Veronika Hapchenko
Potencja Group (Karolina Jabłońska, Cyryl Polaczek, Tomasz Kręcicki)
Martyna Kielesińska
Emilia Kina
Alicja Pakosz
Filip Rybkowski
Jan Eustachy Wolski
Michał Zawada
Konrad Żukowski

Paulina Olszewska is Polish-German curator, writer, project producer based in Warsaw (PL) and Berlin (DE). She studied Art History at the Jagiellonian University in Kraków, Poland and Humboldt University in Berlin. Her reviews, interviews and critical texts have been published in many international magazines and she is also an author of texts to catalogues and art publications. For many years Paulina Olszewska has worked as an independent curator and has curated shows with international artists in numerous European institutions. She worked with various galleries in Germany, as a gallery assistant, curator and advisor. 2017 - 2019 she collaborated with Krupa Gallery, art institution located in Wroclaw (Poland) for which she created and curated a series of 24-hours pop-up exhibitions in various cities in Poland, Germany and Ukraine. Since 2019 she has been working as a curator at the Galeria Studio in Warsaw. In her curatorial practice she focuses on rediscovering female artists and putting them in contemporary context as well as on the artistic legacy of Bauhaus, its redefinition and reinterpretation.

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