Stach Szabłowski

is a wandering critic, curator and art historian from Warsaw.
The Trickster from Prague
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Experiences

The Trickster from Prague

There are countries in the world where an artist like David Černý would have long been in prison—or worse. But in the Czech Republic, this creator with no respect for all that the nation holds sacred is celebrated as the country’s most famous contemporary sculptor.  
Stach Szabłowski
Beware of Antiquity
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Experiences

Beware of Antiquity

The capital of North Macedonia was reconstructed as an ancient city in the 21st century—an expensive project that was backwards looking and ignored its inhabitants’ needs.
Stach Szabłowski
Crimson Ink
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Opinions

Crimson Ink

Artists understand the primordial essence of being human, as well as the power and symbolism of the red fluid that runs through our veins.
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A Three-Dimensional Nothing
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Experiences

A Three-Dimensional Nothing

In the art world anything can happen, and at the same time nothing has to happen. Holography is a technique that artists have slightly forgotten. It’s a pity.
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Don’t Follow the Wind
World + People
Science

Don’t Follow the Wind

In Japan, the Fukushima exclusion zone is contaminated with nuclear radiation. It is also the site of an atypical art exhibition.
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An Army of Santas
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Experiences

An Army of Santas

In December 1974, a troop of bearded men in red suits took to the streets of Copenhagen. What was their Christmas message?
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Why Toppling Statues Is A Good Thing
World + People
Dreams and Visions

Why Toppling Statues Is A Good Thing

In recent months, Black Lives Matter protests against racism have seen the toppling of various statues in the UK and US. In Poland, our statues are being ‘protected’ – from the LGBT rainbow flag.
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The Evil Continent
Art + Stories
Art

The Evil Continent

Do we already belong to a lost civilization, although we do not yet know it? Does President Erdoğan have any painting talent? Will the seventh continent become the new Pangea? And what does the contemporary art world think about all of this?
Stach Szabłowski
War, Never Again?
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Opinions

War, Never Again?

What can art do about fascism? Where does the border between artistic creation and propaganda lie? And can the latest exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw answer either of these questions?
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Are Art People Worse Than Hired Killers?
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Opinions

Are Art People Worse Than Hired Killers?

In the horror film “Velvet Buzzsaw”, vengeful artworks murder, disembowel and decapitate those who work in the art world. Why don’t we like people from this milieu?
Stach Szabłowski
High Culture in the Magic Mountains
World + People
Dreams and Visions

High Culture in the Magic Mountains

The lofty peaks of the Alps have long had elitist appeal. This might explain why Grażyna Kulczyk decided to open Muzeum Susch among their rarefied atmosphere.
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Slow Art in Susch
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Experiences

Slow Art in Susch

Polish art collector Grażyna Kulczyk’s project is a modern art museum nestled in a sleepy Swiss village in the Alps. Our art writer explores the extraordinary Muzeum Susch.
Stach Szabłowski