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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!

Zbigniew Libera

was born 1959. He is one of the most important Polish contemporary artists and a precursor of critical art, working with installations, objects, photography and film. Works include “Lego. Obóz koncentracyjny” (Lego: Concentration Camp), “Pozytywy” (Positives), “Urządzenia korekcyjne” (Corrective Devices), “Jak tresuje się dziewczynki” (How to Train Little Girls) and “Obrzędy intymne” (Intimate Rites).

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I Was a Little Unruly

I Was a Little Unruly
The Life of Kōji Kamoji

Magazine / culture
Kōji Kamoji was born in Japan, but shortly after graduating from art school he moved to Poland, where he has spent the rest of his life making paintings, drawings and installations. Zbigniew Libera
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Always Against the Grain

Always Against the Grain
The Life of Xawery Dunikowski

Magazine / culture
Xawery Dunikowski was the first in Poland to practise sculpture as an art; in fact, he remains one of Poland’s greatest sculptors. Zbigniew Libera
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A Painter in Turbulent Times

A Painter in Turbulent Times
The Life of Mela Muter

Magazine / culture
The Jewish painter Mela Muter was born to a socialite family in Warsaw and died alone in France. Along the way, she created a remarkable variety of art. Zbigniew Libera
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The People’s Republic of Dwarfs

The People’s Republic of Dwarfs
A Brief History of the Orange Alternative

Magazine / society
The Orange Alternative was one of the most memorable social movements in the dying years of communism. Why? Because it involved painting dwarfs. Zbigniew Libera
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The King of Krakowskie Przedmieście

The King of Krakowskie Przedmieście
The Life of Andrzej Partum

Magazine / culture
Andrzej Partum was an orphan and vagabond, a provocateur of the cultural establishment, and – to some people, at least – mentally ill. But he was above all an artist. Zbigniew Libera
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In Saturn’s Embraces

In Saturn’s Embraces
The Life of Teofil Ociepka

Magazine / culture
Born in Upper Silesia to a family of coal-miners, Teofil Ociepka was one of Poland’s best-known naïve artists. He was particularly fascinated by occultism, too. Zbigniew Libera
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Without End

Reading / feuilleton
Death is, of course, an intangible concept while we are living, yet we seem to distance ourselves from even talking about it.
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Conjunctiva-Teasing Art

Conjunctiva-Teasing Art
The Life of Maria Ewa Łunkiewicz-Rogoyska

Magazine / culture
Maria Ewa Łunkiewicz-Rogoyska (or simply Mewa) was one of Poland’s great post-war avant-garde artists, establishing a tradition of the apartment as artistic space along with Henryk Stażewski. Zbigniew Libera
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Van Gogh from Czortków

Van Gogh from Czortków
The Life of Leopold Lewicki

Magazine / culture
Even though he was deported from France and expelled from the Kraków Academy of Fine Arts, Leopold Lewicki’s artistic talent was nonetheless remarkable in all its grotesque glory. Zbigniew Libera
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I Held in My Hand Something Living

I Held in My Hand Something Living
The Life of Maria Papa Rostowska

Magazine / culture
The sculptor Maria Papa Rostkowska led a happy life. Maybe that’s why so few people remember who she was. Zbigniew Libera