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Welcome to "Przekrój"!

In case you wonder where you are, and especially since you probably can’t pronounce the name of this website, here’s a little help. “Przekrój” (pron. ‘p-SHEH-crooy’) is the oldest magazine about society and culture in Poland. Now it’s also available in English!

“Przekrój” Magazine brings to the English reader some of the best journalism from across Central and Eastern Europe, in such fields as culture, society, ecology and literature. Stand aside from the haste and fierceness of everyday news and join us now!

Stach Szabłowski

Stach Szabłowski

is a wandering critic, curator and art historian from Warsaw.

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Don’t Follow the Wind

Reading / culture
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

Reading / culture
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

Reading / society
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

The Evil Continent
Catastrophes, Witchcraft, and (Un)Happy Islands at the Istanbul Biennial

Reading / culture
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
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War, Never Again?

War, Never Again?
A Century of Anti-Fascist Art

Reading / culture
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? Stach Szabłowski
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Are Art People Worse Than Hired Killers?

Magazine / feuilleton
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?
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High Culture in the Magic Mountains

High Culture in the Magic Mountains
The Art World’s Alpine Love Affair

Reading / culture
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. Stach Szabłowski
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Slow Art in Susch

Slow Art in Susch
Inside the Alpine Art Gallery

Reading / culture
Polish art collector Grażyna Kulczyk’s latest 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
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The Studio Was Her Entire World

The Studio Was Her Entire World
The Late Fame of Geta Brătescu

Magazine / culture
Geta Brătescu is a Romanian artist who made a great impression on us during the 2017 Venice Biennale. We tell the story of an exceptional figure, who became an international star only in her eighties. Stach Szabłowski
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A Springtime Artist

Reading / culture
The art of Egon Schiele throbs with the unhealthy vitality of risqué eroticism, which, according to our author, makes him the perfect springtime artist.